Featured Cheese: Gruyere
Gruyere is a hard yellow cheese made from cow’s milk. It is named after the town of Gruyeres in Switzerland. There was some controversy when Gruyere gained status as a Swiss cheese from the AOC, as to whether or not similar French cheeses could also be labeled Gruyere.
French Gruyere cheeses (Comte and Beaufort) have holes. They have holes because according to French agricultural law, they must… Swiss Gruyere cheese is a solid cheese with no holes.
Gruyere style cheese are also produced in the United States. Wisconsin has the largest output of gruyere cheeses.
Gruyere is a sweet and slightly salty cheese that is known as one of the finest cheeses for baking. It is a classic ingredient in quiche and because it’s a good melting cheese it is well suited for fondues and is traditionally used in French onion soup and a classic French toasted ham and cheese sandwich called Croque Monsieur.
White wines, such as Riesling, pair well with Gruyere. Sparkling apple cider and Bock beer go well with it.
For more detailed information about Gruyere Cheeses you can go online to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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