Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Tribute to Le Gruyere

Costco fruits and cheeses have been an enjoyable part of my diet lately, and I have particularly appreciated the hard cheeses from Gruyere, Switzerland. I was surprised to learn that this versatile cheese has won so many awards for quality. In fact, there are those who think it is the world's best cheese.

This is just my singing the praises of Gruyere which can be found at Costco, but especially Le Gruyere Premier Cru which I have discovered at Convito Italiano in the Plaza Del Lago. The following is from Wikipedia of all places, but I think it's an OK source here. The weak Dollar vs the Euro has made them a little dear now though.

How to use Gruyère

Gruyère is generally known as one of the finest cheeses for baking, having a distinctive but not overpowering taste. In quiche, Gruyère adds savoriness without overshadowing the other ingredients. It is a good melting cheese [1], so particularly suited for fondues, along with Vacherin and Emmental. It is also traditionally used in French onion soup, as well as in Croque Monsieur, a classic French toasted ham and cheese sandwich. It is a fine table cheese, and when grated, it is often used with salads and pastas. It is used, grated, atop Le Tourin, a type of garlic soup from France which is served on dried bread.

Le Gruyère Premier Cru

Le Gruyère Premier Cru is a special variety, produced and matured exclusively in the canton of Fribourg and matured for 14 months in humid caves with a humidity of 95% and a temperature of 13.5° Celsius
It is the only cheese that has won the title of best cheese of the world at the World Cheese Awards in London three times: in 1992, 2002 and 2005. (The Independent England, 16 March 2005)



Lyd said...

Great post Dad. We love Gruyere too!

Anonymous said...

Dad, one of my favs. Love you!