Gruyere cheese originates from Switzerland, it takes its name from the town Gruyères in the Fribourg canton. Gruyeres flavour varies depending on its maturity. It is usually described as having a light, creamy and nutty taste. Gruyere is a semi-soft cheese with a natural hard rind covering the outside and its texture is slightly grainy. It takes between five and 12 months to fully mature this famous Swiss cheese.
Gruyere is made in 5 cantons is Switzerland but the special variety ‘Le Gruyére Premier Cru’ is solely produced in Fribourg canton. Why is this variety so special you ask? Well, its matured for about 14 months in caves with 95% humidity and it is the only cheese ever to win the title of the best cheese in the world 4 times!
There are about 413 calories per 100 grams of gruyere cheese. Gruyere is made with unpasteurised milk but it is classed as a hard cheese so it is considered safe to eat during pregnancy.
It also contains calcium which is good for strengthening your bones and teeth and a good amount of protein. However, gruyere does contain high levels of fats which can raise your cholesterol levels.
Gruyere has a flavorful, creamy taste and it melts easily making it great for fondues! Popular recipes that use gruyere include; Croque Monsieur, Quiche Lorrain and gratins. It is also fantastic melted in macaroni and cheese sauce.
Gruyeres has a mild but particular taste if you can’t get your hands on it you can use comté or beaufort instead. They have tastes and they both melt well so they can be used in fondues, soufflés and melted on top of french onion soup!