The word raclette comes from the French word racier, meaning "to scrape." Raclette is traditionally prepared by holding a chunk of the cheese before an open fire. When the cheese begins to melt, it is quickly scraped off with a large knife onto a hot plate. The cheese is then eaten with a boiled potato, gherkins (tiny pickles), and pickled onions. Swiss diners can easily consume two or three servings of raclette. Have extra ingredients on hand for big appetites!
From Easy Menu Cooking the Microwave Way by Nancy Cappelloni.