Cute Keepsake of a Staple of Alpine Gastronomy
The Savoyard cheese fondue is considered to be one of the premiere experiences of a skiing holiday in the French mountains, and is memorialized here on this Worldwide Gifts fridge magnet. There are a variety of delicious foods that hale from the mountainous regions of France, and this iconic collectible refrigerator makes a fantastic souvenir from France.
Although the concept of fondue may have originated in Switzerland, in the French Alps fondue has been elevated to an entirely different plane. The recipe for Savoyard fondue is a mouthwatering concoction that includes two of the locally pressed French cheeses, Beaufort and Emental, a little of the light Savoie white wine and a little Kirsch liqueur, a clove of garlic and freshly ground pepper. When everything is melted together to a gooey perfection, you and your companions can dip cubes of bread and enjoy! But be careful, tradition holds that anyone who loses their bread in the fondue has to complete a dare.
Other Gastronomic Delights in the French Montagnes
Stone soup, soupe aux cailloux, is a traditional French peasant vegetable soup that is actually cooked with a couple of smooth river rocks. The stones move around when the soup boils, mixing together the vegetables and surprisingly preserving their flavor. You’ll also enjoy a tasty Reblochon salad in the mountains, made from local Savoie cheese combined with orange, avocado and carrots.
The Berthoud is another montagnes specialty, a cheesey concoction of Abondance cheese and small potatoes cooked in their skins. The dish includes Savoie white wine and a little Chambery Vermouth. That one sounds tasty, but another local favorite is one that might take some getting used to: the ollada is a meal of pork knuckles, cabbage, potatoes, white beans and rancid lard. The Savoyard fondue sounds much more enjoyable.