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Swiss Macaroni & Cheese with Applesauce

Hello from Switzerland! My name is Thanh and I am the author and photographer of the blog, Eat, Little Bird. The recipes I love to cook are inspired by my Vietnamese heritage, my childhood in Australia, my husband’s French background, and our love for our new homeland in Switzerland.

Every winter, we like to make the most of the snowy European winter and spend as much time as possible in the Swiss Alps. After a long day on the slopes (or even just a few hours!), I always look forward to the classic après-ski dishes like Goulash Soup, Schnitzel with Warm Potato Salad, and this Swiss Macaroni & Cheese.

When BHG asked me to adapt one of their recipes, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce a Swiss adaptation to an American classic – macaroni and cheese.

Similar to a traditional American-style macaroni and cheese, the Swiss version (called Älplermagronen) is punchy with strong Gruyère cheese and is often garnished with fried onions and lots of crispy bacon. Some versions even include diced boiled potatoes for extra carbohydrate fuel. But what makes the Swiss version unique is that it is always served with a small bowl of warmed applesauce (or apple compote) on the side.

The recipe I have adapted from BHG is a simple Macaroni and Cheese which uses a classic white sauce with cheese. In place of American cheese, I used instead Swiss Gruyère cheese which is a bit stronger and saltier in taste. I also love the crunch and sweetness of fried onions which are easily made by slicing brown onions and frying them in hot vegetable oil over medium-high heat until they are golden and crispy. Meat lovers would also appreciate a generous sprinkle of hot, crispy bacon.

Making your own applesauce (or apple compote or purée) is also very easy. Simply peel, core and dice four eating apples (such as Braeburn or Pink Lady), and place them in a large saucepan with 1/4 cup of water. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the apples have cooked and softened. You should be able to beat them into a purée with a wooden spoon. Add some more water if the purée looks too thick, and taste to check if you need to add any sugar. If you like your applesauce to be really smooth, you can blitz it in a blender or use a soup blender.

The Swiss tend to serve the applesauce in a small bowl on the side, which can be either eaten together with the macaroni and cheese, or afterwards as a light dessert.

I hope you will enjoy this Swiss Macaroni and Cheese!

One Response to “ Swiss Macaroni & Cheese with Applesauce ”

  1. Oh wow! This looks so good! I love Gruyere cheese. Congrats on being in Home and Gardens




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