Bring the Swiss experience to your kitchen with these recipes

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As we face restrictions on global travel, it is most natural for us to dream now travel later.

To get you closer to those dreams, why not whip up some dishes from the various kitchens from around the globe for an authentic taste of a country while in quarantine?

It is a good idea to travel through world cuisine to get a taste of your most loved destination. Here are the top easy to make recipes from the alpine nation Switzerland with ingredients available in our kitchen.

Alpine macaroni

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Known to the Swiss as alpler magrone, is the ultimate comfort food one can find on the slopes of the famous Alps. This dish is found everywhere on restaurant menus from Appenzell to Zermatt, through Lugano and St. Moritz.

This Swiss version of Macaroni and cheese is best eaten after a long hike or trek, as most Swiss will tell you, it tastes better when you've earned it. But staying at home- keeping yourself and others away from harm's way, it is safe to say that we have earned it. The ingredients for this wholesome dish are all simple and can be found easily in our pantry. Some vegetables, pasta, and decent cheese, are the only things that you will need to re-create this alpine dish in your kitchen.

Cheese fondue

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If you have your air conditioners on then this taste of Switzerland is just right for you. Indulge in some fondue, a generous dose of creamy cheese with the pieces of bread just like the Swiss do. The country is known for its best fondues, however, there are many different styles and versions. One of the best variations is the Fribourg, the moitie-moitie, made from spicy Gruyere and Vacherin cheeses.

It's great for a Saturday night cheat meal. Melt up the cheese and serve it with vegetables, lavash, croutons, and potato wedges, giving it an interesting twist while you binge watch your favourite shows.

Rosti

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Also known as 'rostigraben' (rosti ditch), originally a farmers' breakfast from German-speaking Switzerland, is now a Swiss national dish with each region having its own version. The Bernese, for example, are known for their crispy rosti fried in butter.

This classic comfort food is surprisingly easy to make, with some tricks along the way, it turns potatoes into a main meal. The recipe can be summarized in five words: Grate potatoes sauteed in butter. The resulting dish is a pancake of potato, crispy brown on the outside, gooey, buttery, 'potato-licious' inside. This is a dish that is easy to create in your kitchens for a lazy Sunday brunch.

Meringue

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A sweet kiss with egg whites and a sugary pastry invented around the year 1600. Since the delicate and airy pastry made from egg whites and the thick battered Gruyeres cream complement each other so well, one easily understands why Meringue is a favourite dessert in the land of Fribourg. You can enjoy your meringue in two ways – slowly baked, transforming into crisp cookies or as dessert on top of a cake.

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