Gruyere Cheese Substitute

A good Gruyere cheese substitute is easier to find than you might think. Many people are turned off by Gruyere's strong taste and powerful aroma, causing them to get discouraged when they encounter a recipe that calls for it. Luckily, plenty of cheeses exist that can take its place in almost any recipe.

Though there are countless different varieties of specialty cheese that will do the job, you want to look for cheese with a few specific characteristics. Gruyere is a firm and strongly flavored aromatic cheese. When selecting a proper substitution, it is important to keep these traits in mind. Gruyere is nutty and pungent, so, in order to keep the proper balance of flavors, it is smart to select a cheese that has these same qualities. Swiss cheese and Gouda are two good bets. Though neither is exactly like Gruyere, both are strongly flavored and can stand up to the other ingredients in the recipe, whatever they may be.

It may be helpful to try a combination of cheeses, each with different characteristics. A common duo is fontina and parmesan. Fontina provides the richness, and parmesan delivers the zip. Together they combine to make a delicious substitute.

These recipes are for dishes that often include Gruyere. Though each calls for a specific cheese, mixing them around and putting, say, Swiss in the cheese sauce instead of fontina, would still yield delicious results.

Fontina and Parmesan Cheese Sauce
Ingredients You Will Need:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups whole milk
1 sprig thyme, leaves removed and finely chopped
½ cup grated fontina cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan
Salt and white pepper to taste

Put the butter in a small pot over medium heat. Once it's melted, add the flour. Cook for about a minute. Add the milk, and whisk until the flour has dissolved. Add the thyme, and bring to a simmer. Add the cheeses, a little bit at a time, stirring the whole time. Add the next batch when the preceding one has melted. Allow to simmer until it reaches your desired consistency. Season with salt and white pepper, and serve. It's great on steak sandwiches, for dipping bread or apples into or pouring over grilled chicken.

Ham And Swiss Bruschetta
Ingredients You Will Need:
6 ¾-inch slices of a fresh baguette
12 thin slices prosciutto, Serrano or other artisanal ham
6 slices Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil

Place two slices of ham on each slice of baguette, and top with a slice of Swiss cheese. Place under the broiler in your oven until the cheese is bubbly. Remove from the oven, drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.

Smoked Gouda BLT
Ingredients You Will Need:
2 thick slices good white bread
2 leaves Bibb lettuce
4 slices of bacon, cooked until crispy
2 thick slices Roma tomato
2 slices smoked gouda
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Assemble the sandwich by stacking the lettuce on the bottom piece of bread and then piling the bacon, tomato and gouda on top of that. Place under the broiler for about a minute or until the gouda is just starting to bubble. Spread the mayonnaise on the other slice of bread, and place it on top.

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