Celebrate Valentines – The Swiss Way!
Pour your heart into these easy Valentine’s Day drinks, dinner, dessert ideas from the country that epitomises Romance – Switzerland!
A perfect Valentine’s Day dinner is best enjoyed by candlelight with a refreshingly tantalising Swiss cocktail and a soul-satisfying meal presented as a labor of love by that special someone! Not just one of the most romantic destinations for couples, the country also has some of the most delectable dishes that transport you to its pristine white landscapes as you savor the flavors of Switzerland. Spectacular to taste and easy to make, this delightful menu is perfect for Valentine’s day – so that you get to spend most of your time with your partner, instead of toiling away in the kitchen all day!
While you celebrate your Valentine’s evening indoors, do not forget the cocktails to set the mood! The Cranberry Mule is a cocktail made with vodka, spicy ginger beer, and cranberry juice, garnished with a lime wedge! Switzerland’s fun twist on the classic Moscow Mule acts as an ice breaker and promises to start your evening on an interesting note.
Get crafty with ice cubes and garnishes. You can make ice in a tray and place a fresh cranberry into each section and freeze. You could pick up a pack of inexpensive cocktail picks and thread a few fresh cranberries on them for garnish or add a sprig of mint along with a lime wedge. Jazz up your presentation with short glasses and enjoy!
Soupe de chalet:
Are you looking for something that is wholesome and soul-fulfilling then Soupe de chalet, a specialty of the Fribourg region is a nutritious and warm option for the health-conscious! The preparation is easy and the result is a hot pot of soup that will soon become your favorite date-night meal! It only needs minimum ingredients like vegetables that are available in your kitchen, milk, and cheese!
A Swiss tradition, Fondue is undoubtedly the most famous of the Alpine dishes. This dish is quite easy to make with cheese available at home and you can never go wrong with it. All you need is cream & cheese, whisk and heat them until the cheese melts and a consistent mixture that is neither too thick nor too thin is formed. You can add a little bit of white wine or even vodka to give it an added kick of flavour this Valentine’s! Once ready, serve hot and dip your cubes of brioche, boiled potatoes, vegetables, meats, and pasta, one can get creative here!
Here is the original recipe, if you are lucky enough to get your hands on the Swiss cheese used to make it!
Cheesy potato cakes on leek salad:
A classic pie, with origins in Valais – the starting point of the scenic Glacier Express– which also happens to be one of the most romantic train journeys a couple can experience, Cheesy potato cakes is the best dish for the time when you do not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but end up with a flavorsome and filling meal to enjoy with your partner this Valentine’s day as you talk into the wee hours of the night!
Spitzbuben biscuits are a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds! It is one of the most popular biscuits in Switzerland and something your partner would love to find in that heart-shaped box! Though a Christmas specialty, these biscuits are a sweet treat that you cannot say no to any time of the year! They can be made in a variety of shapes with a delicious jam center that are perfect for Cupid’s big day.
One can always count on a Chocolate Fondue to make the evening more romantic! Just combine the chocolate, 1/2 cup milk or cream, and butter and set it on the double boiler while stirring regularly. Homemade shortbreads and macaroons are among the go-to choices for sweet fondue dipping along with all kinds of fruits- Seasonal strawberries work the best! Add a generous tablespoon of sour cream to maintain a smooth texture and you are good to go!