Thursday, July 8, 2010

Emmental Cheese

Also known as Swiss cheese, this cheese takes its name from Emmental valley, where it originated in 1923. It is considered Switzerland's oldest and most prestigious cheese. And we know its Jerry Mouse's favorite cheese. How many times has he ducked in and hidden in one of its numerous holes when Tom chases him...

This cheese melts easily and is great for sauces or just to be had with some fruits and wine. Chop some dried apricots, fresh or dries figs, fresh berries and serve with small slices of the cheese.

Simply grate over mini pizzas and grill till the cheese melts.

Melt emmental, gruyere, parmesan in white wine with garlic for delicious cheese fondue. Serve with pieces of bread and fruits. And appetizer's done.

I added emmental and parmesan along with a little garlic, pepper, salt and butter to hot mashed potatoes. The heat of the recently boiled potatoes melted the cheese. It was delicious.

Another divine recipe goes as follows:
Toast 2 slices of bread. Apply some mustard sauce on one slice.
Lay slices of good bacon on one slice. Vegetarians may use thinly sliced button mushrooms (don't add mustard for veggie version)
Grate emmental cheese on top.
Place the 2nd slice over the cheese.
Drizzle Be`chamel sauce on top.

To make be`chamel sauce melt 2 tbsp butter in a pan. Add 2 tbsp flour and whisk for 2 min. Take off heat. Heat 1 cup of milk along with a bay leaf, 3-4 cloves, half an onion, pinch of nutmeg, pepper and salt.
Remove onion, cloves and bayleaf and add the milk mixture to the flour-butter mixture. Whisk and heat till sauce thickens. Add emmental cheese and mix.

Pour over the sandwich and bake for 5 mins. Heavenly.

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