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Switzerland: food with a collection of tastes

Switzerland: food with a collection of tastes

by Nova Vozrak
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  • 1. Chicken Dippers
  • 2. Saffron risotto
  • 3. Cordon bleu
  • 4. Fondue
  • 5. Quiche
  • 6. Polenta
  • 7. Pretzel
  • 8. Landjäger
  • 9. Malakoff
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If you go to the north from Italy to the east from France and to the south from Germany at the same time, you will find yourself in Switzerland, a country in the Europe midlands beautified by mountains. It is world-known for its chocolate, but there is more to the country than that: tasty and unique cuisine. Being here make sure to try saffron risotto, landjäger, meat pies and some other of the popular and national dishes mentioned below.

1. Chicken Dippers
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Petit Glacier Restaurant
#1 of 103 restaurants in Grindelwald, Switzerland
Endweg 55, Grindelwald, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Open until 10PM

If you like chicken, you must try chicken dippers. The dish consists of chopped marinated chicken breasts, which are then covered with light batter and fried. They are perfect with various sauces and sidings, like vegetables. They are also good to be eaten on the go but are better enjoyed at Restaurant Glacier.

2. Saffron risotto
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Au petit chalet
#259 of 3141 restaurants in Geneva, Switzerland
Rue de Berne 17, Geneva, Switzerland
Open until 11PM
Saffron risotto
Saffron risotto

To prepare the risotto you will need Arborio or Carnaroli rice, white onions, saffron, butter, vegetable broth, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese.

Switzerland cuisine was influenced by many cultures surrounding it. A good example is saffron risotto which has Italian roots. To make this dish, take Carnaroli rice, white onions, saffron, vegetable broth, spices, and Parmesan. If you taste it once, you will order it again. Come to Au Petit Chalet for the memorable experience.

3. Cordon bleu
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Gertrudhof
#19 of 3403 restaurants in Zürich, Switzerland
Gertrudstrasse 26, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Open until 10PM
Cordon bleu
Cordon bleu

It's a very tasty and hearty dish that originated in Brig, Switzerland, in the 1940s. Cordon blue means "blue ribbon" in French. It is a veal schnitzel stuffed with cheese and ham. Alternatively, the meat can be wrapped around slices of cheese or ham, then breaded and fried or baked.

Cordon bleu is a unique dish which is actually a schnitzel wrap. The meat is wrapped around cheese, breaded and pan- or deep-fried. You may try pork, veal or chicken variant. The term is of French origin and means “blue ribbon”, but the schnitzel variant was invented in Switzerland in the middle of the twentieth century. Order this schnitzel variant at Gertrudhof and you won’t regret.

4. Fondue
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dü Saas-Fee Astrid's Fondue Hitta
u. Gasse 3, Saas Fee, Valais, Switzerland
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Fondue
Fondue

It's a dish made of melted cheese and white wine. Two kinds of cheese are melted in the hot wine. Then spices are added. Fondue is eaten hot right from the pot by dipping pieces of white bread or vegetables with special forks.

In this country, fondue (a delicate cheese dish) is usually paired with Bon Pere William (the regional Swiss brandy) forming a perfect match. To cook the ideal fondue, take two hard sorts of cheese and melt them in hot wine and add spices. When it is ready you may enjoy it dipping bread or vegetables into it. If you do not want to spend time on cooking, go to dü Saas-Fee and enjoy its tender taste.

5. Quiche
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Findlerhof
#30 of 65 Italian restaurants in Zermatt, Switzerland
Findeln, Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland
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Quiche
Quiche

It's an open pie with a base of shortcake (often, but not always) and fillings from eggs, cream and cheese. Depending on the desire, the fillings can vary from light vegetables, fruit, fish or a mixture of greens to hearty meat or mushrooms.

Those who like pies, namely open ones, should definitely try a quiche. You may choose one with a sweet feeling to have it with tea or coffee, or with meat or onion to eat with beer, for example. They may be of different sizes as well. Come to Findlerhof to enjoy Swiss traditional pastry.

6. Polenta
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Grotto Bundi
#1 of 35 Italian restaurants in Mendrisio, Switzerland
Viale alle Cantine 24, Mendrisio, Ticino, Switzerland
Open until 10PM
Polenta
Polenta

A dish made from cornmeal, which in most cases resembles a porridge. Polenta is eaten as a side dish or as an independent dish with various additives (mushrooms, meat, anchovies, etc.), in a fried or baked form.

Polenta was regarded as a meal for the poor for centuries as it is made of corn, a really cheap product. It is known from the seventeenth century, so, if you want to try a dish that hardly changed over the centuries, his one should be your choice. It may be a side dish as well as the main one with additives like mushrooms, meat, and others. Come to Grotto Bundi for the unique experience.

7. Pretzel
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Linde
#13 of 1653 restaurants in Basel, Switzerland
Rheingasse 43, Basel, Basel City, Switzerland
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Brezeln
Brezeln

It's a swirled bread with a brown crust, shiny and covered with grains of coarse salt.

If you are looking for a pastry that would be unique and tasty, try a pretzel. It has a golden-brown crust, usually covered with grains of salt.  It is believed that this dish originated among monks in the Early Middle Ages. This bread is formed from a long strip of dough which is intertwined and twisted back. Come to Linde for a crispy pretzel.

8. Landjäger
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Löscher
#28 of 1155 restaurants in Bern, Switzerland
Viktoriastrasse 70, Bern, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Closed until Tuesday
Landjäger
Landjäger

A type of dried beef sausages (sometimes they include pork) with bacon and spices. They are dried in the air and resemble small salami. Do not require cooling and can be eaten cold or boiled.

Landjäger is a traditional Switzerland semi-dried sausage, which is also popular in Germany, Austria, and Alsace. It is usually eaten during hiking and used to be a soldier food as it keeps fresh for a long time without a refrigerator thanks to the preparation method and spices. It resembles dried salami in taste. Sometimes these sausages are boiled. Come to Löscher to try this dish.

9. Malakoff
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Hôtel-Restaurant de l'Union
#1 of 11 cafes in Bursins, Switzerland
Rte de la Perrette 2, Bursins, Vaud, Switzerland
Open until 12AM
Malakoff
Malakoff

This dish is a famous fried cheese snack made of Gruyère cheese.

If you like cheese, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to try the traditional fried cheese snack while being in Switzerland. You will remember the malakoff dish delicate taste for quite a long time. It is made of Gruyère cheese. Swiss cheese is fried in the form of balls or sticks and becomes soft inside while being crusty and golden from the outside. It is best accompanied by cold drinks. De l'Union is always ready to offer its visitors the freshest dish of the Swiss cheese.

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