A Scrumptious, Gooey Mass of Cheese

West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe has a warm, cheesy antidote to winter.

Feast your eyes on that pool of wet cheese melting all over those slices of toasted bread. Raclette! Beg pardon? That’s a round of cow’s milk Swiss cheese that, when heated, is scraped off onto sandwiches or oozed onto appetizer plates layered with meat and pickles. 


A raclette melter

West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe has a new raclette melter and is serving dishes featuring the gooey creation at its two locations (6832 W. Becher St., and Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St.).

While raclette is offered only on the weekends at the Stallis locale (Sat 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-2 p.m.), you can order it every day at the public market. Grab a seat at the market’s Raclette Bar and dine on smoked Polish sausage in a pretzel bun topped with raclette, along with potato chips and a pickle ($10.99) They also serve the cheese creation, popular in parts of Switzerland, with toasted baguette, sliced Black Forest ham and pickles ($10.99). 

Public market hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.





Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.