5 Swiss dishes you simply must try
There are few countries better than Switzerland if you’re looking for an activity-filled break, but during the trip you will also get the opportunity to try some seriously delicious dishes.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite on the many ski slopes of Verbier and taken in the beautiful landscapes, there are a number of extraordinary Swiss dishes you must try in the mountains or when you get back to the ski chalet.
Accommodation in Verbier is excellent, but so is the food. So here are some of dishes you should try during your ski holiday:
Fondue is woven into Switzerland’s fabric. Locals living in the cold mountains have relied on the rustic country bread and melted cheese for centuries to keep them warm during the bitterly cold winter months. The Swiss have mastered fondue and it’s the perfect dish to warm you and friends up after a day of skiing in the beautiful mountains of Verbier.
If you want to make it yourself when you get back to your accommodation, fondue is a quick and easy starter that is guaranteed to be a hit with everyone you’re eating with.
2. Basler Leckerli
The popular glazed gingerbread biscuits were invented around 600 years ago and have been a hit with locals ever since. These sweet biscuits, which are closely related to the German lebkuchen, are traditionally eaten during the Christmas seasons but can be found all year round. The word ‘Lecker’ means ‘delicious’ and you can almost guarantee you will find them to be just that.
Rösti is considered a national dish in Switzerland. It is a a potato dish similar to hash browns that is made by frying flat round patties in oil. Some people opt to add bacon, onion or cheese into the mix for a different flavour.
Rösti was traditionally eaten as breakfast by farmers. If you accompany it with some fried eggs, you have a simple and delicious breakfast to get you ready for a day in the mountains.
If you are looking for a hearty meal to warm you up on a cold night, Älplermagronen is the dish for you. Älplermagronen consists of cheese, potatoes, onions, macaroni, milk or cream – and apples. The classic version of the dish, which was eaten by herdsmen who looked after cows in the Alps, can be made by layering potatoes and macaroni with cream and cheese. Once you have done that, place it in the oven and serve with fried onion rings and stewed apples.
Many ski resorts and hotels in Switzerland have their own raclette nights dedicated to the local cheese. Raclette is a semi-firm cheese which is heated up and then scraped on to potatoes, onions, vegetables and meat. Many Swiss families have their own raclette grill so that they can host their own parties. There’s no better way of winding down after a tiring day of skiing than having a raclette party with friends.