Many people looking at property for sale in Switzerland are drawn to the Swiss Alps by the breathtaking views, fantastic skiing opportunities, and friendly citizens, but many people don't know that much about Swiss food. So to give you a head-start with Swiss culture, we've put together a list of four of Switzerland's favourite and most famous foods.
Potato rosti is Switzerland's national dish. Essentially just sliced or grated potato that is shaped and fried, rosti is popular throughout the country. Many regions have their own variations on the dish, too, adding extras like cheese, cream, bacon, and onions. Sometimes rosti will be served as an accompaniment to meat or fish, or eaten on its own as a snack.
Although rosti is Switzerland's national dish, fondue might be its most famous dish, and no chalet in the Swiss Alps would be complete without a fondue set. What better way is there to come in and warm up from a hard day skiing at Verbier, Les Collons, or La Tzoumaz than by tucking into a fondue? In case you haven't heard of it, fondue is a dish of melted Swiss cheese, into which you dip bread, vegetables, and meat. It has existed in one form or another since 1735, and is also very popular in Alpine Italy and France, so you'll find it at French ski resorts like Les Menuries and Morzine, too.
Muesli is another famous Swiss export, and was created by nutritionist Maximilian Bircher-Benner in 1900 after observing the simple daily life of shepherds working in the Swiss Alps. Although muesli has spread around the world and there are now lots of different varieties, the traditional Alpine Birchermüesli consists of a few, simple ingredients: oat flakes, lemon juice, condensed milk, grated apples, and hazelnuts or almonds. It is usually eaten at breakfast in order to prepare for a long day on the slopes in the Swiss Alps.
Similar to rosti, this potato dish consists of a kind of potato gratin, served with macaroni, cheese, cream, onions, and some stewed apples. Another filling, warming dish, it is a good way to re-energise after a hard day's skiing.
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