Swiss FoodWhen it comes to cooking authentic Swiss Food, you really have to start with the basics. This is because the Swiss actually like to start their cooking with fresh ingredients. Since Swiss food is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, this means that there are plenty of great fresh options available to you. You can choose to make a number of different dishes with fresh ingredients, or if you really want to up the ante, you can even cook your main course with Swiss ingredients and meats. Swiss food is heavily influenced by French, German and Northern Italian cuisines, and also by the history of Switzerland, which for over a thousand years has been primarily an agricultural country. Because of this, many of the traditional Swiss dishes are rather plain and are typically made using simple, basic ingredients, including cheese and Swiss cheese. However, these dishes can also be topped with sausages and hamburgers or served on top of warm, fresh vegetables. Along with their staple food of cheese and butter, many Swiss foods include fruit as part of their diet. In fact, in Switzerland the entire summer is considered the "fruit season", when fruits such as strawberries and blackberries are eaten on a regular basis. Although in many parts of Europe, especially France, fruits are only eaten on special occasions, in Switzerland, they're eaten all year round, and especially in the summer, are used to top a variety of traditional Swiss cuisine dishes. One of the most popular Swiss foods in America is Swiss Chocolate, or Chocolates. The traditional Swiss chocolate dish is a thick, rich and creamy chocolate soup called "Schweppes". It's often served with coffee, although it's also good on its own, and can be added to other dishes. There are many different versions of this classic Swiss dish, and though each one has a different flavor, they all have the taste of smooth, creamy melted cheese oozing out of a curdled glass. This delicious dish can be served hot, and is an ideal dessert after a meal containing meat or fish, or even just before going to bed. Of course, along with Chocolates, there are also a number of other delicious, and delicious-smelling Swiss foods, such as Roasted Pepper or Swiss Chocolate. Both are made using the very best ingredients, and both are very popular in America, and all over Europe. While Switzerland is well known for their outstanding beer and their delicious desserts, what Americans have recently discovered about Switzerland is that they also have one of the best cuisines in the world. And their delicious Swiss cuisine has inspired some of the finest restaurants in the world. One of the newest varieties of Swiss food that has really taken off in popularity in the last few years is the creamy Zucchini soup called Vermicelli Zauchen. If you are looking for a healthy alternative to sauerkraut or headache tea, this is the recipe for you. Along with the traditional Swiss cheese, this dish also features radishes, onions, mushrooms and cucumbers which are simmered together with the butter, milk and cream of cream cheese until the mixture starts to blend and reduces its stickiness. Another top ten dish from Switzerland is the Lungen, which translates into "little green apples". The word longer actually comes from the German language, which explains why you will sometimes hear the term lung while you are on the telephone. In Switzerland, they harvest long stems of apples and then carefully press them to form small apples. These apples are then dipped in beaten eggs before being arranged in a pan, which helps to keep the apples from sticking to the pan and from browning. When it comes to cooking the lungen, it is best served when simmered with butter and cream. A tip for the American diner - if you want a crunchy apple salad, instead of using apples, use grapes. Last but not least, and perhaps most popular in Switzerland cuisine, is the B Zurich steak dinner, which is actually quite different than the famous bistros that most people associate with Switzerland. The Swiss name for this type of steak dinner is schwinnlaufen and they have their own unique way of grilling the steak. Basically, a thin slice of the steak is placed on a plate and cooked with fat from the meat, along with onions, butter and a touch of cream. Although not a traditional meal, this is a wonderful option when you are planning a night out with friends or family as it provides an easy way to enjoy Swiss food without having to worry about complicated carbs.