Raclette, fondue and tartiflette season is officially open! It's time to think about organizing one of these winter's star meal parties with your friends and family.
Easy to prepare, friendly, tasty... There is nothing better than that melted cheese dripping onto our steaming potatoes. We confirm the adage: "Too Much is Always Better Than Not Enough". Depending on appetite you will need to plan about 200g of raclette cheese per adult. Although raclette cheese is a must for the perfect raclette party, there are also three other cheese that are tasting as good as the raclette cheese.
Saint Nectaire, a French uncooked pressed cheese, was first introduced to the court of King Louis XIV by the Marshal of France Henry de Sennecterre. Saint Nectaire cheese is produced in the volcanic pasture lands of the Auvergne region of France. The richness of this natural grassland makes for milk with delicate aromas and gives the Saint Nectaire its original taste. This cheese has a soft, cream-coloured texture and a delicate nutty and mushroom flavour.
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Raclette Cheese has a rich history that begins in the heart of the Alps in France. Raclette name comes from the French verb ‘racler’ which means ‘to scrape’. It's an allusion to the way in which the melted cheese is scraped from the half-wheel. Raclette is a brownish-orange coloured cheese and has a very distinctive aromatic smell with a creamy texture. Raclette is a very smelly cheese but eating raclette is very fun and the perfect excuse to invite your friends and/or family over. Raclette is best eaten with cured meat and potatoes.
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Tomme de chevre
This artisanal goat’s milk cheese is made in the Midi-Pyrénées region of France. Tomme de Chevre has a unique texture and taste that casts out a strong goaty smell with flavours reminiscent of fruits as well as hazelnut.
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Gouda villa truffo
Gouda Villa Truffo is a beautifully rich and tasty cheese that contains pieces of Black Italian Truffles which gives a luxurious and irresistible flavour. Gouda Villa Truffo is a cheese for the true gourmet.
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Fondue is the coziest winter food you can think about. Many ingredients such as vergetables, meat or bread can make great dippers for your fondue. Maybe that’s why it’s been so popular for decades! Choose one of these tasty cheese and let your taste buds take flight.
Abondance AOP is a semi-hard, unpasteurised cow's milk cheese that is also called tomme d'Abondance. It has a light yellow colour with a firm and supple texture. This cheese has a fruity, buttery flavour with a hint of hazelnut.
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Comte AOP 18 months
Comte AOP is a traditional cheese made from raw milk in the Jura Massif region of France for more than 1000 years. Comte cheese has a unique satiny, ivory-coloured body and a wonderful taste. Mild but sharp, Comté AOP 18 Months is the perfect cheese to begin your journey in the world of cheese.
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Tomyere Montagne AOP
Matured on spruce boards for several months, this cheese may have a few holes spread over the edge.
If you love Comte and Gruyère, you'll enjoy Tomyere Montagne AOP as much with its buttery and nutty flavour. A definite addition for a perfect fondue Savoyarde.
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Tartiflette is on the list of our ultimate comfort food. This is a mix of potatoes and bacon cooked with a whole cheese. Everyone must eat tartiflette at least once this winter.
Unfortunately, raw milk Reblochon cheese is not available in Australia but those two below are the cheese you need to make a perfect Tartiflette:
Mountain Man Organic (Reblochon style):
L'Artisan Mountain Man Organic, made by a French cheese Maker in Victoria, is an Australian Reblochon-style washed rind with a slight pungency, yet round and complex meaty flavour. This is the cheese you need to make the perfect Tartiflette.
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Delice du Jura (Reblochon style):
Delice du Jura (Reblochon style) is a French creamy cheese, made with cow’s milk. Delice du Jura gets runnier as it ages, oozing with delicate fruity notes and a nutty aftertaste that’s very pleasing to the most palate!
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They are both great options! If you like bolder, stronger flavour go for my favourite, the Mountain Man. If you prefer something more subtle and delicate pick the Delice du Jura. Either way, you can't go wrong!
After eating Raclette, Tartiflette and Fondue you can't miss out Mont D'Or. Very easy to prepare, all you need is white wine and garlic! Open the cheese box and add the garlic in the centre of the cheese after slightly digging out the centre of the Mont d'Or. Then fill it with a little bit of white wine (5cl will be enough). Bake the Mont d'Or in its tin (without his wooden lid) for 20-25 minutes at 190 degrees. As a side dish, think of potatoes that can be generously topped with cheese. 😋
Chalet du Jura (Mont D'or Style)
When baked, it’s a delight to your senses in every single mouthful. It's fatty, creamy, buttery. If you let it ripen, you can also eat Chalet du Jura cheese straight out of the pot, no need to bake it. Dip some fresh baguette in it and scoop it up. Careful though, you may end up going all in with a spoon!
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