Look, there’s no way to sugar coat this. Another polar vortex is coming and there’s nothing you can do about it. The way I see it, you can deal with the impending wintry doom in one of two ways: 1) get really good at decorative towel folding, head down to the British Virgin Islands and join the cast of Below Deck, or 2) buy yourself a raclette grill and drown your sorrows in delicious melted cheese until spring. I personally avoid boats and tiny shorts at all costs, so it's melted cheese for me. Not convinced? Here are nine reasons you should definitely throw a raclette party this winter:
1. You're so fancy.
You've hosted wine tastings, miracle berry parties and a hog roast with fine china and Champagne. If there's a fancy food trend, you're on it. How are you going to impress all your fancy friends this season? With a raclette party, that's how.
2. You're not that fancy.
Most raclette parties are pretty low-key. You can go crazy with the accoutrements if you want to, but all you really need is some cheese and bread, maybe a few pickles and sausages, and some wine. OK, definitely wine. And good people to share it with.
3. You're a terrible cook.
Have you been afraid to host a dinner party since the cassoulet disaster of 2008? A raclette party will solve all your problems. You simply need to buy some cheese and accompaniments, and arrange them on some plates. If that sounds too hard, your local cheese shop can put together a lovely platter for you. Can you boil a pot of potatoes? They're nice to have, but not necessary. Basically, you're tricking your friends into doing the cooking for you, and thanking you for the privilege. Suckers.
4. You have a lot of cheese in your refrigerator.
First of all, congratulations. You are blessed. Share your good fortune and invite your friends over for a raclette party.
5. You enjoy winter sports.
Raclette is traditionally served in ski lodges and enjoyed after a day on the slopes. If you're into that sort of thing--snowboarding, ice skating, bobsledding and what not--raclette is a great way to warm up afterwards.
6. You prefer to stay inside and watch Netflix.
Just because you'd rather not hurl yourself down a snowy mountain doesn't mean you can't enjoy a little raclette party. Cue up something cold and wintry to set the mood. Fargo, anyone?
7. You often find yourself thinking, "This would taste better with melted cheese on top."
You're right. It would. Throw a raclette party and put melted cheese on EVERYTHING.
8. You need a pick me up.
Sure, winter is all fun and games now. It hasn't even started. There's still so much to look forward to: Thanksgiving dinner, the first snow (pretty!), holiday parties and general good cheer. But come mid-January, winter will not be so cute anymore. By February, you'll wonder what you ever liked about this stupid season in the first place. When March rolls around, you will have forgotten what it feels like to be warm.* When that happens, it's time to round up some friends, fire up the raclette grill and let your troubles melt away. Get it, melt?
(*Stages based on Midwestern winter. Results may vary by location.)
9. You love good food and fun.
It's really that simple.
Now that you're ready to throw a raclette party, here are some posts to help you get started: