Raclette Grilled Cheese Sandwich turns an everyday grilled cheese sandwich into a gourmet meal using the famous Swiss raclette cheese, sliced ham, and caramelized onions. These scrumptious ingredients are sandwiched between two slices of your favorite bread and heated in a panini press until golden brown and oozing with melted cheese!
While raclette grilled cheese may give you a taste of the Swiss Alps, this Amazing Caprese Chicken Sandwich will transport you to Italy! Likewise, this Authentic French Croque-Monsieur is delicious too!
⭐ Why you will love this raclette sandwich
- It’s the best part of a classic raclette dinner in one gourmet grilled cheese sandwich! Perfect if you have cheese leftovers.
- Use only five ingredients to make this irresistible sandwich, including your leftover holiday ham!
- Easily adapt this grilled raclette cheese sandwich with simple ingredient swaps and add-ins.
- Comforting and filling - perfect for lunch or dinner.
🧀 Ingredients You’ll Need
The ingredients listed below make four grilled sandwiches. You can easily adjust these ingredients to make fewer or more sandwiches!
- Sliced bread - Freshly baked bread is best for this gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. Something like sourdough that is rustic and chewy is perfect for holding up against the gooey sandwich filling! Regular sandwich bread or rye bread can also be used.
- Raclette cheese - This cheese can be found in most cheese stores or the specialty section of larger grocery stores.
- Onions - White or yellow onions. Preferably caramelized to give a little sweetness.
- Prosciutto - Or any of the cold cut leftover from your raclette party.
- Butter - This lines the panini press so the bread doesn’t stick. You can use salted or unsalted butter. Non-stick cooking spray can also be used.
Grilled sandwiches are easy to vary, and this raclette grilled cheese sandwich is no different! For instance, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Bread - Use your favorite rustic bread for this gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. A crispy baguette is a great option. You can even make smaller sandwich by using this bread as sliders.
- Cheese - High-quality Gruyere, Comté, or Emmental can be used if you can’t source raclette cheese.
- Onions - You can add thinly sliced red onions instead of cooked ones.
- Prosciutto - Leftover ham, or any cold cuts would work.
- Butter: Non-stick cooking spray or olive oil can be used instead of butter.
- Other add-ins: Other ingredients to add to this raclette grilled cheese sandwich could include roasted potatoes, kale, spinach, artichoke, mushrooms, thyme, garlic, grain mustard.
- Panini press: You can use a regular pan with a spatula to press the grilled cheese sandwiches if you don’t own a panini press.
- First, cook the sliced onions on low heat in a pan for about 40 minutes until caramelized.
- Then, place four slices of bread on a flat board and place the sliced raclette cheese (Step 1), add a piece of prosciutto (step 2), spread the onions evenly over each slice, and add some pickles (step 3). Close the sandwich with another slice of bread (step 4).
- Lastly, turn your panini press on and grease the bottom with butter. Place the sandwiches on the press and brush the top of each sandwich with melted butter or oil. Close the press gently and heat for 3-4 minutes or until the bread has turned golden.
Tip: Repeat this process depending on how many sandwiches your panini press can hold or if you decide to double the recipe.
💭 Recipe FAQs
Raclette cheese is a semi-firm cow’s milk cheese that comes from the Swiss and French sides of the Alps. It’s typically more expensive than your typical grocery store cheese due to the high quality and import costs, but it is so worth it!
“Raclette” comes from “racler” which means “to scrape” in French. The traditional way of enjoying raclette cheese is to melt a wheel of cheese on an open fire or heated surface. As the cheese melts, it gets scraped onto plates to be enjoyed with a selection of veggies and meats!
I don’t recommend storing leftover raclette grilled cheese sandwiches as the filling will make the crisp bread soggy. In other words, this grilled cheese sandwich is best enjoyed immediately after it has been assembled and heated in the panini press.
Like most grilled cheese sandwiches, this raclette sandwich can be enjoyed with French fries (or these Portobello baked fries for a low-carb option), salad, and soup.
A creamy mayonnaise or garlic sauce also pairs well as a dipping sauce for grilled raclette sandwiches.
This depends on personal preference. This recipe is great with regular sandwich bread, but you could also use rye bread, sourdough bread, baguettes, or other crusty and artisan bread for a rustic feel.
🍞 More Easy Sandwiches
📖 Raclette Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 1 wooden board
- 1 Panini press
- 8 slices bread
- 8 slices raclette cheese
- 2 sliced onions
- 8 slices prosciutto
- In a hot pan, pour some olive oil and cook the sliced onion for 40 minutes on low until caramelized. Set aside.
Raclette Grilled Cheese
- Place four slices of bread on a flat board and place the sliced raclette cheese, add a piece of prosciutto, spread the onions evenly over each slice, and add some pickles.
- Close the sandwich with another slice of bread.
- Turn your panini press on and grease the bottom with butter. Place the sandwiches on the press and brush the top of each sandwich with melted butter or oil. Close the press gently and heat for 3-4 minutes or until the bread has turned golden.
- Use your favorite bread or any leftover cold cuts.
- You can use a regular pan with a spatula to press the grilled cheese sandwiches if you don’t own a panini press.