World of Cheese: Swiss
Switzerland produces over 450 different types of cheese, but its most popular export is what Americans know simply as Swiss cheese. You’ll find true Swiss as well as gruyere at the Giant Eagle® Cheese Shop.
While Swiss cheese is made in a variety of nations, true Swiss cheese tastes different than other varieties.
- Swiss Cheese (also known as emmental or emmentaler) is easily recognizable by its large holes made by bacteria which eat the lactic acid in the cheese. Swiss is a yellow, medium-hard cheese that is naturally low in fat and salt, making it a perfect choice if you're watching your weight or looking for a healthy alternative to full-fat cheese. While Swiss cheese is made in a variety of nations, true Swiss cheese tastes different than other varieties. Use this cheese on cheese boards, in sandwiches, casseroles, salads, sauces and more. Browse recipes.
- Gruyère is a hard cheese with a sweet-and-salty flavor and earthy, complex undertones. Gruyère melts nicely and its flavors don't overshadow other ingredients. Try pairing Gruyère with Swiss cheese for a unique take on fondue, or as a foundation for a cheese board. Gruyere also makes a nice snack with crackers, a wonderful sauce, and a great topping for a cheeseburger. Browse recipes.
Uniquely Sweet Swiss
Giant Eagle carries a distinctive, domestically produced Swiss-style cheese called "Fair Oaks Farms Sweet Swiss." Artisans who make this cheese use fresh milk from Fair Oaks Farms, giving it a smooth texture and distinctive fruity and nutty flavor. Try pairing this cheese with prosciutto or fresh fruit.