Visitors to Switzerland probably want to taste some authentic Swiss food. For many, this means fondue. It’s a great cold weather dish, but a bit harder to eat in the middle of summer. The Valaisian Plate (Assiette Valaisanne in French and Bündnerfleisch in German) is great in summer, but perfect when the weather turns. It is a savory plate of charcuterie and good choice year round. Consisting of paper-thin slices of local dried meats such as salami, bacon, and/or dried beef it isn’t a vegetarian dish. People order it as an appetizer or side. Since it usually comes with bread on the side, I’ll order it as my main course (as it is usually an affordable option) in more casual restaurants.
Often, it will include pickles and pickled onions on the side. They got a little crazy with the plate above. Notice the nuts and prunes. By the way, feel free to laugh at the super American bottle of Heinz ketchup and the burgers in the background of the top picture. Everyone else ordered them while I ordered by standard go to dish, the Valaisian Plate. It’s never bad. In fact, it was so good that I had to slap their hands away from my plate as they tried to steal from it.
- Fondue In Switzerland = Cheesy, Gooey Goodness (schwingeninswitzerland.wordpress.com)