Gruyere Cheese

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Gruyère (/ɡruːˈjɛər/ or /ɡrɨˈjɛər/; French pronunciation: ​[ɡʁyjɛʁ]) is a hard yellow cheese, named after the town of Gruyères in Switzerland, and originated in the cantons of Fribourg, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Jura, and Berne. Before 2001, when Gruyère gained Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status as a Swiss cheese, some controversy existed whether French cheeses of a similar nature could also be labeled Gruyère (French Gruyère style cheeses include Comté and Beaufort) (Wikipedia, n.d.).

Allergy Alert: 

Cheese allergies are caused by an adverse reaction in the body that occurs upon ingestion, causing Immunoglobin E (IgE) antibodies to recognize chemicals, proteins or mold found in cheese as harmful substances. Antibodies defend the body by releasing chemical histamines to fight against the cheese allergen. Histamine production causes inflammation of the nasal passages, lungs, sinuses, ears, eyes and skin, leading to allergic reactions that result in an array of cheese-allergy symptoms (Divico, n.d.).

 

Common Uses:

Gruyère cheese is generally known as one of the finest cheeses for baking, having a distinctive but not overpowering taste. In quiche, Gruyère adds savoriness without overshadowing the other ingredients. It is a good melting cheese, particularly suited for fondues, along with Vacherin and Emmental. It is also traditionally used in French onion soup, as well as in croque-monsieur, a classic French toasted ham and cheese sandwich. Gruyère is also used in chicken and veal cordon bleu (Wikipedia, n.d.).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 cup, shredded (113 g)
Calories 419
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36 g 55%
Saturated fat 20 g 100%
Polyunsaturated fat 1.5 g
Monounsaturated fat 9 g
Trans fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 113 mg 37%
Sodium 1888 mg 78%
Potassium 149 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 4.2 g 1%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 2.6 g
Protein 20 g 40%
Vitamin A 21% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 118% Iron 3%
Vitamin D 0.7 µg Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 28% Magnesium 7%

Source Wikipedia. (Note: This is not intended to be used, as it was copied and pasted from a Google search)

 

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