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Help?? How To Make American Food w/ Swiss Ingrediants

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Has anyone on this forum made baked mac n cheese since moving to Switzerland?

What cheese is similar to American cheddar?

I am craving mac n cheese.
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Old 17.08.2011, 18:47
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Re: Help?? How To Make American Food w/ Swiss Ingrediants

coop has white cheddar, use plain old fashioned cheese instead of chemically enhanced powdered cheese.
mix in some milk, and ur set to go.
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Re: Help?? How To Make American Food w/ Swiss Ingrediants

Which Swiss cheese is like American cheese??? hmmmmm....should be interesting

Very difficult to get anything stringy but bland here to be honest....maybe Mütschli?
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Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Has anyone on this forum made baked mac n cheese since moving to Switzerland?

What cheese is similar to American cheddar?

I am craving mac n cheese.
Macaroni cheese is pretty good made with Swiss Gruyere and some extra parmesan or, alternatively it's good made with English Cheddar too.
I make it every week and everyone seems to enjoy it.
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Second the English (or Irish!) cheddar
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Re: Help?? How To Make American Food w/ Swiss Ingrediants

hmmm... I bet raclette would be good, too!!!
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What cheese is similar to American cheddar?
Thankfully, none of it!
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Re: Help?? How To Make American Food w/ Swiss Ingrediants

For mac'n cheese, au gratin, etc., Gruyere works best.

An English friend once told me he thought Appenzeller was closest to English cheddar.

In any case, a mix of Gruyere, Appenzeller, Tilsiter, and Fribourger Vacherin (usually only 2 - 3 of the above), works for me.

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Re: Help?? How To Make American Food w/ Swiss Ingrediants

I've gotten cheddar at Coop which works, as someone else suggested, raclette cheese works nicely as well.

For mac n cheese OR if I'm being too lazy to head to the locations I know has cheddar (and too broke to get some from Grumpygrapefruit), I've used some shredded cheese in a black package from Coop named simply "Reibkäse" / "Fromage Râpé" (shredded cheese ). Looking at the back, it appears to be a mix of Gruyere and Emmentaler - each singly isn't quite right but the two together works.

Edamer and "Butterkäse" (usually available sliced for sandwiches at Coop and / or Aldi) also work nicely making mac & cheese - these both taste more similar to "American cheese" to me than they do cheddar.

(Incidentally, raclette, edamer and butterkäse all make great grilled cheese sandwiches as well - although when using the raclette, I make it the old fashioned way on the stove rather than in a "sandwich machine")
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Re: Help?? How To Make American Food w/ Swiss Ingrediants

Thanks all. I will try to locate cheddar cheese, but I dont live in Zurich nor Geneva. So that may be difficult. In US, I used cheddar and Monteray Jack.

I must say, I love the cheese here, but I havent had luck making the classic grilled cheese (I prefer American).

So I will make mac n cheese in a few days; using white cheddar (if I can find it) and a particular Luzern cheese that I like. I will give you all the verdict soon.

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I've gotten cheddar at Coop which works, as someone else suggested, raclette cheese works nicely as well.

For mac n cheese OR if I'm being too lazy to head to the locations I know has cheddar (and too broke to get some from Grumpygrapefruit), I've used some shredded cheese in a black package from Coop named simply "Reibkäse" / "Fromage Râpé" (shredded cheese ). Looking at the back, it appears to be a mix of Gruyere and Emmentaler - each singly isn't quite right but the two together works.

Edamer and "Butterkäse" (usually available sliced for sandwiches at Coop and / or Aldi) also work nicely making mac & cheese - these both taste more similar to "American cheese" to me than they do cheddar.

(Incidentally, raclette, edamer and butterkäse all make great grilled cheese sandwiches as well - although when using the raclette, I make it the old fashioned way on the stove rather than in a "sandwich machine")
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I will try your suggestions. And you hit it on the nose with the grilled cheese. I cant wait to these cheeses.
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Thanks all. I will try to locate cheddar cheese, but I dont live in Zurich nor Geneva. So that may be difficult. In US, I used cheddar and Monteray Jack.
Manor and the larger Coop and Migros (MM or MMM locations I guess) stores tend to carry the white cheddar - I want to say it's all "Cathedral City" brand from UK.

Quite the treat for me is to get reaaaaaaaaly nice cheeses from the British Cheese Centre if they're in town - if it makes it past nibbles, sometimes it goes into chili or mac & cheese. They're really great though so I feel a bit guilty if I do use it for such things (Available for online purchase which will help if you don't have any of the groceries near that are large enough to stock regular cheddar)
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