Raclette Sticks 

Appetizers, Sides

Look at this cool diet food!

I kid, I kid.

A few weeks ago, I had this idea to make traditional mozzarella sticks but with something cooler…

Immediately I thought: raclette! I instantly talked myself into it but realized when I went to the store that it would require a disclaimer. And that disclaimer is that these are not cheap. The price tag on this big block of raclette almost made me turn myself right around and walk out of Whole Foods but I kept going on with this project. I even purchased regular ol’ mozzarella sticks to test the recipe with because I was scared to use the precious raclette.

I paid $18 for the block of raclette and luckily got a pretty good amount of sticks out of it. I cut them rather on the thin side and the cheese went much further than initially expected. Lucky me/us!

I would say that this is a good thing to make when everything else is kinda cheap and chill. Serve it with a side salad. Or just make this, if everyone else is bringing everything else.

Make this on payday when you’re feeling a little rich.

I will say that these are a million times better than mozzarella. The cheese is funky—without being too heavy on the funk—while still being so ridiculously melty and cheesy.

I paired it with honey mustard because you need a bit of acid to cut through the richness. I also squeezed a grilled lemon all over it and it was SO good (almost like how you would do with fried calamari).

This is a wonderfully indulgent and fun thing to make.

And of course, you can use other melty cheese. Like mozzarella sticks (or a combo), cheddar, fontina, etc.

As long as it’s melty, you’re all good.

Raclette Sticks 

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4 to 6 (as an appetizer)

Ingredients

    Honey Mustard
  • 3 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Raclette Sticks:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup Japanese panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (you can make your own by adding a pinch of dried oregano, dried thyme, dried parsley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound raclette cheese (*see below for other ideas of cheese!), *chilled
  • Oil, for frying (I used canola but grapeseed or peanut are great, too)
  • 1/2 lemon, grilled, for serving (optional)

Directions

    To make the Honey Mustard:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, honey and Dijon mustard.
  2. To make the Raclette Sticks:
  3. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (we’ll use this to keep the sticks warm while we fry them up in batches). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or paper towels. Place a few sheets of paper towel on a baking sheet or oven-proof plate.
  4. Place all-purpose flour on a shallow plate. Whisk the egg in a small bowl. And combine the panko bread crumbs with the Italian seasoning and salt.
  5. Cut up the cheese into 3-inch by 1-inch sticks. You don’t want them to be too thick because you want this cheese to go far!
  6. Dip the sticks, one by one, in the flour first. Then transfer them to the egg, allowing any excess egg to run off. Next, place them in the panko and thoroughly coat. Transfer them to a baking sheet and place in the freezer while the oil heats up.
  7. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Fry the cheese sticks in batches of 2 to 3, and fry for 1 to 2 minutes, until lightly browned. (Typically you’d want to take mozzarella sticks to a golden brown color but I found that the cheese got too melty so a light brown color was ideal!) Transfer them to oven to keep them warm. Repeat until you’ve worked your way through all of the cheese sticks.

Notes

*This recipe will work equally as well with mozzarella sticks, fontina or Gruyere.

http://www.acozykitchen.com/raclette-sticks/

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20 Comments

  • Reply Vivian | stayaliveandcooking March 6, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Sounds super delicious! Love your honesty, too – even though I think that spending a little extra on a good bit of cheese can be totally worth it. They must be so much better than the regular cheese or mozzarella sticks! I’m a huuuge cheese l0ver so I’m drooling at the thought of this, haha. Saved!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme March 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      They’re definitely worth it! Haha…but the other cheeses would be amazing too and cheaper!

  • Reply Lori March 6, 2017 at 5:20 am

    These look amazing, and I love the idea of squeezing lemon over them like calamari. Clever!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme March 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks, Lori! So many fried things taste amazing with lemon over them.

  • Reply Mimi March 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Oh no! I rarely can bring myself to buy cheese at Whole Foods. Especially when I want big 2-3 pound pieces, like Parmesan. I really hate those little teeny wrapped packages that sell for $12.!!! Next time, think about IGourmet.com. That’s where I often buy my wheels of raclette. Or you can buy 1/2 a wheel. Shipping costs are minimal. I only know this because I live in a place where I depend mostly on online sources, unfortunately, for cheese and a lot of food. Fromages.com is also a wonderful source for good French cheeses. Just an FYI. But I absolutely LOVE these raclette sticks!!! Ingenious!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme March 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Girrrrl this is a great tip. I will definitely check this out next time I need to buy a decent amount of cheese. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  • Reply Mallory March 6, 2017 at 10:42 am

    These look absolutely AMAZING! I cannot wait to try them during my next #treatyoself night in!

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    Mallory
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  • Reply Izzy | pinch of delight March 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    These look so good – I will have to try them, even if the cheese is a little pricy! x
    Izzy |http://www.pinchofdelight.com

  • Reply stephanie le March 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    OMGEEEEEEEEEEE i think i could eat the whole block, $18 price tag be damned…and the grilled emon, genius 🙂

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme March 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      ur cheese loaf + lasagna this week OMG i want all of them. x

  • Reply holley March 6, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    spent $20 on a damn juice and a smoothie today…so that makes me feel even better about spending $20 on cheese this weekend hehe.

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme March 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      i had a $10 a day smoothie habit and it was a nasty thing to break. it was like who do i think i am but i still miss those smoothies and have them a few times a week. :/

  • Reply Genevieve March 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I can’t have dairy but oh man, melty, cheesy things are the best. Especially on a cold day!

  • Reply pooja March 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    omigosh – when my mom worked late we used to have mozzarella sticks FOR DINNER – dipped in pizza sauce. still sounds delicious to me! these look like a super yum grown up version – can’t wait to try them.

  • Reply Carlos At Spoonabilities March 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I love cheese in any way. This raclette stick must be super delicious!

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