Engadine walnut cake
"Fuatscha grassa" is the name that the people of the Engadine give to the sweet shortcrust pastry with which they make their famous Engadine walnut cake. But it is the filling that is truly memorable: walnuts, honey, caramel and cream. Engadine confectioners who worked in Italy, France and America in the 18th century are said to have brought the recipe home, perfecting it here. Today, Engadine walnut cake is one of the gastronomic icons of Graubünden, a Swiss culinary classic that is exported all over the world.
La longeole: a supreme sausage
The people of Geneva love their longeole – the most packed and substantial of all Swiss sausages. It is made with gelatinous pork and flavoured with a spice mixture containing fennel seeds. This monumental sausage must be simmered for three hours before being served – traditionally with boiled potatoes and lentils. It is especially popular during the colder months – and is of course an essential feature of Geneva's famous Escalade festivities, when the aroma of Geneva longeole wafts up from every street corner.
Saanen mustard & ham: succulent
One of the culinary gems of the region is home-made Saanen mustard. Every family, every restaurant has its own secret recipe. It tastes so good that some people eat it on its own, with a spoon – but it tastes best of all accompanying Hamme, the succulent leg of ham from the region.
Simmentaler beef: superb
The cattle in this idyllic mountain region enjoy plenty of space to roam, as well as lush grass and healthy mountain air. You can tell from the superb quality of the meat. Beef from the neighbouring Simmental is the best far and wide, with fillet steaks and entrecôtes featuring on the menus of top restaurants. Gstaad also offers plenty of other meaty treats, from kid in spring to Alpschwein (pork from pigs fattened on the alp) in the autumn, accompanied by fresh garden vegetables. And to crown it all: mouth-watering cheeses, including truffle-flavoured Brie.