This is the first in a series of recipes that are served at mountain huts throughout the Alps. We reached out to many of the huts we work with on a regular basis and asked them for recipes that they would like to share with you.
As we roll out this series, we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our customers aren't sure whether or not they are going to make it to the Alps and quite a few people who had travel plans this summer may not be able to follow through with them. This series is our effort to connect you to the mountain huts in the Alps by giving you the chance to prepare their delicious dishes at home. It's worth mentioning that I'm often quite a disaster in the kitchen, so anything can really happen during this series.
This recipe is called Käseschnitte, which translates to "cheese slices." We think of it more as a very fancy gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, that's baked instead of grilled. Follow along with the video and check out the recipe below. It's very easy and practical.
I would like to thank the Schwarzwaldalp for sharing this delicious dish with us. The Schwarzwaldalp is the first hut on our 7-day Bernese Oberland Traverse, through some of the most spectacular scenery in Switzerland.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
8 slices of bread
8 slices of cooked ham
600 g. (1 lb. 5 oz.) Raclettekäse, schmelzkäse (Gouda or Emmentaler, which is known is the U.S. simply as Swiss cheese work well)
2 dl (1 Tbs) white wine or milk
100 g. (3.5 oz.) Chives
8 pieces of vinegar vegetables (pickles, or pickled something)
Pepper and paprika as desired
4 baking dishes
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (392 F).
Distribute 2 pieces of bread in 4 different baking dishes and generously pour wine or milk over it. Cover the bread with ham and thinly sliced cheese in each of the baking dishes. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese bubbles.
Fry the eggs in a separate pan.
Remove the baking dishes from the oven when complete, add one fried egg to each and garnish with the vinegar vegetables and chives. Season with pepper and paprika as desired.
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