Raclette comes from the French word that means "to scrape". The word Raclette refers both to the type of cheese as well as the traditional Swiss dish it is served with. Legend has it that the dish originated hundreds of years ago when farmers would heat up cheese over an open fire for a hearty, filling meal.
Most commonly Raclette is warmed using a special Raclette grill, then poured over or scraped onto each individual dish. If you don't have a Raclette grill readily available, you can simply slice or grate the cheese, and melt it like you would any other cheese before pouring over your desired accompaniments.
Raclette is customarily served melted over boiled potatoes, cornichon pickles, and pickled onions. Other welcome additions to a Raclette dinner include cured meats and grilled vegetables.