Pierrade, Indoor Hot Stone cooking

 

I’m sure many of you have noticed that we have been still in the grip of an extreme drought…errrm….well the extreme rain has made even a hardcore outdoor cook such as myself have second and third thoughts about cooking outside, so I fished out my pierrade from a previous existence from when I lived in a first floor flat, and was not fortunate to have the space that I have now to cook outdoors in.

A pierrade, often also called a raclette, is a hot stone that is heated with an electric element underneath until it’s sizzling hot, you then pop tender morsels of food on top to cook to your choice. I often find that for dinner parties, I’m slaving away at a hot stove and  miss out on a lot of the chat.

This piece of kit solves that and is an awful lot of fun to boot. You prepare some pieces of meat fish and veg, that you can cook quickly, I went for fillet steak, peri-peri chicken, lamb leg steak, king prawns and scallops, things that will all cook quickly. I also prepped some cooked new potatoes, cheeses, charcuterie, and pickles and condiments, all served with homemade crusty bread and one or two glasses of wine, a real feast.

You sizzle the meats and fish on the hot stone, and can  also grill food in the little pans underneath the element, slices of potato smothered with bubbling cheese, it really is up to you.

These bits of kit can be picked up cheaply from around £30-£40, and are a fun sociable way of eating.

 

 

 

18 responses to this post.

  1. There are so many restaurants around my place like this, but I have yet to go! Must try sometime!

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  2. Posted by rheaellis1 on May 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

    thanks again Marcus, wonderful food and a great interactive way of dinning. good to see you again too.
    p.s does my hand get appearance money from your pics or did you use a stunt hand double?

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  3. That’s a good way to cook and stay dry during the monsoon season 😉

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  4. We were introduced to this by our friends in Holland. Over there they call it a ‘Gourmet’ and it’s such a popular thing that you can even go to the butcher and order a ‘gourmet’ set and you get this adorable tray of mini pieces of meat, mini hamburgers etc all beautifully arranged in rows (a little bit like sushi).

    We had to buy one when we got home and the children love it. Essentials for us are plenty of baguette – this often gets placed on the grill to soak up the meat juices, tons of thinly sliced gruyere – this gets placed in the little grill pans underneath and melts beautifully. The Dutch also make a whisky sauce – kind of like a Thousand Island dressing with whisky added. I don’t do that but I usually make some blue cheese and creme fraiche sauce to add to barely fried pieces of steak!

    It’s a really fun way to eat (although we always eat too much) and you have to be careful to avoid ‘fat splat’ as we call it (when the grill gets a bit fierce and some fat splashes up at you).

    I know you have your ‘outdoor kitchen’ but it is possible to use the raclette outside on summer evenings with an extension lead.

    Did I mention summer evenings? Do they exist any more??

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    • I think I heard about these from a guy i was working with, who was living in Holland too.
      The gourmet set sounds fab, though I quite like chopping up and setting up nicely.
      It’s fun playing with different combinations and sauces.
      Yes we talked about using it outdoors, though I think I’d stick with cooking in my oven.
      Cheers
      Marcus

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  5. This would make such a romantic date! I have to show my boyfriend and figure out how to hint to him that I want this!

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  6. Posted by Tina on April 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    ……and it tasted as good as it looks. A fantastic and fun meal thank you as ever x

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  7. that looks incredible. I love hot stone cooking – I cooked some lamb on one in a restaurant once – it was fun :D.

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  8. We have one of those! So much fun! During the raclette season, the French have prepared packages of cheeses and charcuterie. An easy way to entertain.

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  9. Can I come to dinner at your house please? Serious. Thanks.

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