Kappacasein, a food stall in Borough Market, is the first place where I ever heard of and experienced raclette. This is another place that I had on my “must visit again” list and I wandered the market until I found it.
Wait, what’s raclette? Well I’m glad you asked. It’s a big ‘ole round of cheese, from parts of Switzerland and France. The cheese is melted and scraped (literally, as racler is French for “to scrape”) onto a variety of food such as potatoes, pickled onions and charcuterie.
Look at all the cheese smeared over the pepper grinders! Kappacasein uses an Ogleshield cheese (which coincidentally comes from the Montgomery farm that I talked about in my Neal’s Dairy Yard post).
The cheese is melted over a raclette burner and scraped onto a plate of Agata baby potatoes, gherkins (mini pickles), and pickled baby (pearl) onions, and finally is topped with freshly cracked black pepper.
Watch the video below to see the staff in action. You may need to watch it a couple of times – on one side of the screen is how they melt the cheese (gotta love the fire), and on the other side is how they scrape the melty cheese onto the plate.
And the final result was a warm, delicious melty plate. The pickled onions and gherkins was a nice contrast to the rich cheese.
Kappacasein also serves a great grilled cheese sandwich. Unfortunately I was too full to order one, but I remember from last time that it was a brillant sandwich made with Montgomery’s cheddar, Poilâne sourdough bread, onion, leeks and garlic. (Yes, the same bread and cheese again. This is why I bought them from Neal’s Yard Dairy in the first place!)
Both the raclette and the sandwich cost £5 each. My mouth waters just from thinking about this place!
Borough Market, Green Market section