Ghackets und Hörnli
When my Canadian friends were invited for dinner, my mum made this crowd-pleaser, which we’d refer to as Swiss Hamburger Helper.
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It’s love or hate with these.
For some, it’s the liquorice flavour that doesn’t agree, and for others, it’s the threat of a tooth-breakingly hard bite that makes them shy away from these pretty treats.
There isn’t a lot to be done for anise-haters, but there are plenty of ways to prevent a bland, brittle, dry biscuit.
Although these cookies take a bit of work, I can confirm that this recipe is easier than Rosina Gschwind’s recipe from 1892 that suggests beating the egg whites and sugar for an hour. It may take some fine motor skills to apply the icing, but at least your arm won’t fall off.
It’s at Chilbis, weekly markets, yearly markets, Christmas markets, and any other sorts of general festivities, where you’re bound to find Magenbrot, pieces of Lebkuchen with a sugary coating, often in bright pink bags.
This bready, milky soup has become a (delicious) Swiss symbol for peace.
Although it’s now an absolute standard of Swiss cuisine, the famous dish Zürich Geschnetzeltes (or Züri Gschnätzlets in dialect) is relatively modern, first appearing in the late 1940s.
It was Swiss farmers who first enjoyed Rösti—for breakfast. Today, this grated, fried potato pancake is enjoyed at any time of day, either as its own meal or as a side dish.
This easy, one-pot meal is a favourite of central Swiss families, especially those in canton Nidwalden. Perfect for new potatoes, beans, and beans' favourite herb, summer savoury. Throw everything in a pot, simmer for an hour, and you've got dinner.
Easily Switzerland's most famous bread, Zopf is enjoyed in all regions of the country, particularly the Emmental, where butter is treasured and added to the bread with abandon, and the braids are often giant and sold by the metre.
For a long time I only made three strand Zopfs, because I couldn’t master the traditional two-strand method.
Or my husband Sam would swoop in, cross his hands a couple times, and have a perfect two-strand braid.
On hot days in Switzerland, like in many other countries, people eat salad.
But because it's Switzerland, sometimes a lot of cheese is involved.
Vogelheu (literally, bird's hay) is a classic Swiss dinner and the perfect way to use up leftover bread and incorporate seasonal fruits into a meal.
It's basically bite-sized french toast.
This classic Bündner dish is made up of buttery potato niblets, served with cheese, apple or cranberry sauce, and milky coffee.
What better way to celebrate St Fridolin, patron saint of Glaurs, than with the flaky, double stuffed puff pastry Glarner Pastete? Half filled with dried plums and half with almond paste, it's beloved in the canton and made in numerous bakeries throughout the region.
A magnet for children (and my husband), the bright green icing hides an intense chocolate filling.
These love letters from canton Solothurn are a perfect treat for your Gal- or Valentine.
Schinken im Teig just means ham in dough.
The Swiss love wrapping their meat in dough, whether it be a light, flaky pastry or a thick, chewy bread crust. Sometimes the pork is first studded with dried fruit and carefully wrapped with bacon.
This impressive, golden encrusted meat is often served for special occasions or Sunday dinner.
With a few humble ingredients you can make this classic dish from canton Uri—pear mashed potatoes, crowned with onions.
There is a persistent rumour that the dish is indeed named for the disease Cholera, after a particularly bad outbreak in the 1830. People in the Wallis stayed home to avoid contamination and were forced to use things they already had in their larder and gardens to feed their families.
More likely, however, is that it's named after the glowing coal in the fireplace where the pan would have sat to bake.