Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Raclette

There's nothing like some good food and great company to ease the pain of being away from home on Christmas! We have some terrific Dutch friends, who were kind enough to have us over for a very traditional Dutch Christmas dinner. This Christmas was one of the best we've had in years, and in addition to the fun fellowship, I have to give much of the credit to this contraption below!

This a Dutch "Gourmet" or "Raclette." It's basically a big electric frying grill that goes in the middle of the table.

The table is spread with a lovely array of food...steak, chicken, minced meat, peppers, onions, potatoes, batter, etc. I even fried some yummy peaches. Each person chooses their own feast and cooks for themselves!

The upper level gets covered with salt and oil to fry the meat and veggies, while the lower deck has eight trays for baking Dutch pancakes.

(House Rules: No silverware allowed...only the special scrapers on the teflon!!)

Doesn't that look WONDERFUL!? When the food is cooked through and smells simply divine, scoop the goodies into your pancake and enjoy! Ju befte mire!


Jamie and James said...

That looks amazing!! We seriously need some dutch friends!

hotTamale said...

Looks both fun and delicious! What are Dutch pancakes?