Shake Up Your Brat Routine With Tomato, Red Onion, Gruyère Salad
Shake Up Your Routine
As we enter our last few weeks of summer, you might be ready to shake up your normal burger or brat routine. How about ditching the bun and enjoying your meal with a different take on a summer salad?
Emmi USA Cave Aged Kaltbach Le Gruyère Cheese
The folks at Emmi USA thoughtfully provided samples of cave aged artisan cheeses from Switzerland with a request to experiment with some summertime pairings. I love artisan cheeses, so I was only too happy to help out. Today, I’m featuring Kaltbach Cave Aged Gruyère in this post. In searching around for some ideas, I happened upon this recipe from Food & Wine magazine back in 2005. A traditional dish from Alsace, tomato gruyère & red onion salad would typically be served with a local sausage. A spicy, savory brat serves admirably.
There’s nothing better or more refreshing on a hot summer day than a nicely chilled glass of dry rosé. Bone dry and refreshingly acidic, rosé quenches the thirst and pairs beautifully with almost anything you might enjoy at lunch. The rosé contrasts the rich, savory spiciness of the bratwurst, and has sufficient acidity to pair beautifully with the tomatoes in the salad. Perfect for sitting underneath the patio umbrella as you take a break during your day.
Two Shepherds Grenache Rosé 2014 ($22 direct from the winery)
Eye: Almost clear, just a hint of haze, bright, intense strawberry color.
Nose: Bright, ripe strawberries bright fruit. in the background, a hint of herbs and earth.
Mouth: Vibrant strawberry fruit, tart acidity, very dry.
William Allen is the winemaker and owner of Two Shepherds Winery in Santa Rosa, CA. He crafts a variety of wines from the family of grapes used the the Rhone. I enjoy all his wines and I’m a happy Two Shepherds wine club member. His beautiful Grenache rosé must be the most intensely colored rosé I’ve ever had! I can assure you it is still quite dry and refreshingly acidic.
Emmi USA Cheeses
Emmi imports artisan cheeses from Switzerland. Classic mountain cheeses, these are products made only in specific regions to particular standards. In addition, many of their cheeses are cave aged for additional taste and texture before coming to the US.
The Gruyère cheese was provided by Emmi USA as a sample for this blog post. All opinions expressed are my own.
Minneapolis / St. Paul Cheese Resources
If you have never tried cheeses beyond American mass-market brands, you’re missing out! Stop in at your local market and take home some artisan cheese, you’ll never go back to the big brands.
- Surdyk’s Cheese Counter – best cheese and charcuterie selection in the Twin Cities
- France 44 Cheese Shop – good selection of cheese and charcuterie
- Linden Hills Coop – good cheese counter
- Sunshine Harvest Farm – tasty brats from pasture raised livestock
Here’s how the salad comes together (click on any photo to view as a full size slideshow)
Note: This recipe is adapted from Food & Wine magazine, 2005. Ingredients Instructions
Tomato, Gruyère and Red Onion Salad
The salad can be composed on a large plate, or on individual serving plates as you prefer
Note: This recipe is adapted from Food & Wine magazine, 2005.