We love communal eating here at home. We do hot pot, fondue and tabletop grilling although not nearly as often as we’d like. And now, we add another communal cooking tool—for our wedding anniversary, Speedy gave me a Severin raclette grill and we gave it a spin last night.
He had seen the Severin raclette grill at S&R before and had been eyeing it for a long time. But we already have a tabletop grill, we have a fondue when we feel like melting cheese, so… I guess it seemed superfluous.
But, several months ago, at a friend’s birthday party, someone brought a raclette grill and we had so much fun with melty gooey cheese. I suppose it was a sign that there was nothing superfluous nor redundant about getting one.
A few nights ago, Speedy asked how my office chair was doing. I found the question a little strange—yes, the chair has seen better days but it still holds up and getting a new one right now did not really cross my mind. I told him it would last a few more months. What then did I prefer for an anniversary gift—a new office chair or a raclette grill? Heck, that was a no brainer, I think. Raclette grill, of course! Alright then, he said, he’d get me a new office chair for Valentine. Woohoo!
Two nights ago, he came home with the Severin raclette grill.
It’s really just a tabletop grill. The electric coils provide the heat, there are controls to adjust the temperature and there is a thermostat function to make sure the food does not burn. The beauty is in what were designed around those electric coils.
Despite its name, the Severin raclette grill is really so much more than a tool for melting cheese. Above the electric coil, there are a non-stick grill and a natural stone grill (perfect for making mini pizzas!).
Below the coil are slots (four on either side) for eight trays for melting cheese. We only used four trays last night.
Get this, we didn’t even have raclette. I just wasn’t prepared. I didn’t know that he was buying the grill a week before our wedding anniversary. All we had in the fridge were sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack. Were we going to wait to go cheese shopping first before trying the grill? Of course not!
I skewered chicken, veggies and fruit, Speedy sliced bananas and cheddar, I sliced the Monterey Jack and we grilled the night away. We poured melted cheese over grilled bread and—even more fun—over the skewered chicken.
It’s perfect for a holiday party! Or any party for that matter. But us? We don’t need to throw a party to enjoy it. The raclette grill is something to have fun with much more often than a few times a year.
Thank you, Speedy! It’s lovely.