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Gruyere is great
Member Name: song_of_calliope
Advantages: Tastes delicious, especially when melted
Disadvantages: High in fat and calories, pricier than cheddar
I am a big fan of cheese of all types, and one of my favourites for cooking is Gruyere! This is a smooth, hard Swiss cheese that you can buy in almost any decent-sized supermarket in the UK nowadays. It's made from cow's milk and is similar to Comte which comes from France.
Gruyere is a bit more expensive than cheddar but I think it's worth it when you consider that it has an unusual and very pleasant flavour. I don't particularly like eating it raw on crackers but I have tasted it raw and find it has a strong, nutty flavour. However, I think it's really meant to be used in cooking as you don't see it served on cheese boards in restaurants very much, but you do see it called for in recipes.
Gruyere isn't crumbly which makes it very easy to slice and work with. It's also really easy to grate, which I do in order to make my favourite recipe of all time, gratin dauphinois!
Now this isn't low-calorie so anyone watching their weight (like I'm supposed to be - hah!) should look away now.
First you take a large tub of double cream (about 450ml and put this in a mixing bowl). Then add two cloves of very finely chopped garlic and one medium sized onion, sliced very fine. Add a dash of salt and pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Then add two large potatoes that have been peeled and sliced as thinly as you can.
Put this mixture into a buttered baking tray (about a 9" tray with raised sides) and cover with a thick layer of grated Gruyere cheese (about a cupful or a little more). Bake in a 200 C degree oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes until golden brown.
Everyone I have served this recipe to absolutely loves it but as you can see from all the cream, it's one to be served on special occasions only. This is my absolute favourite way to enjoy Gruyere and while you can also substitute cheddar and it will still be very nice, it's just not the same.
Grated Gruyere is also very nice served on buttered pasta with just a bit of salt. Believe it or not, this simple dish is delicious enough to be eaten as a main course and is very quick to make and enjoyable, especially if you have a salad with it.
Or you can get fancy and serve Gruyere as the topping for a French onion soup or you can make a delicious fondue with Gruyere and white wine.
Gruyere has about 65 calories per cubic inch of cheese and is high in saturated fat, like most cheeses. But as an occasional treat, it's lovely.
Summary: Very nice as a change from cheddar