Raclette is made in both Switzerland and France. The two taste very similar. Raclette has a semi-soft interior dotted with small holes and a rosy inedible rind. Eaten as a table cheese, Raclette has a smooth, creamy taste that is neither too salty nor sharp. French Raclette has a stronger aroma than the Swiss Version.
Raclette is also the name for a popular wintertime dish.
It is essentially melted cheese, served over boiled potatoes with ground black pepper, accompanied by small pickled onions and gherkins. The name comes from the French verb "racler", to scrape, because of the way the melted cheese is scraped off the block.