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Apr 14, 2008 07:14 AM

Best use of swiss cheese

I love emental, but I never know what sandwiches to put it in. Ham is the obvious choice, but I'm not a big ham fan. Roast beef can also be ok, but does anyone have the ultimate swiss cheese sandwich?

Any other uses for it are welcome too. It's a marvelous cheese that I don't eat a lot of.

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  1. a couple of my favorites using swiss:

    reuben sandwich

    turkey and swiss on a fresh onion roll, or kaiser

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      1. re: Soop

        Seriously?!? Well, this board will give you a good idea, and probably will wax poetic on reubens, but in short, corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and thousand island dressing on grilled rye.

        I believe there is also a Georgia reuben with turkey, coleslaw, swiss and maybe thousand island?

        1. re: charlesbois

          Just curious as to the OP's age and area of the country he/she is from. I live in the south now and I'm thinking younger southerners may not know what a Reuben is. Reubens are a great sandwich with swiss. I also love open-faced grilled tuna salad sandwiches with swiss melted on top.

          1. re: southernitalian

            I live in England, and I'm 28.

            So the cheese is melted? I love sauerkraut, but it can be hard to find over here. Tuna is a good point. I didn't think of that

            1. re: Soop

              Mmmmmmm....Reuben, one of my all time fav's, although it has to be made with pastrami for I do not like corned beef:


              1. re: Soop

                the swiss is melted on the bread with the 1000 island, and the corned beef and kraut end up between the melted cheese when you put the sandwich together.

                kind of like a tuna melt.

                1. re: swsidejim

                  Yup, but try it with Russian dressing instead.

      2. non-sandwich use: melts great in an omelet or frittata with spinach, mushrooms & onions.

        1. rye bread, lightly toasted
          4 nice slices of cheese'
          3 slices of fresh tomato
          nice helping of your fav mustard
          grilled on a press

          great sandwich!

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          1. re: HillJ

            oh jeez i do a variation on this (yours sounds amazing by the way).

            swiss cheese, rye bread, kosher pickle slices, and mustard grilled panini style

            1. re: bitsubeats

              bisu, do you place the kosher pickle slices inside the panini?

              1. re: HillJ

                not to answer for bitsu, but i've tried that. the pickle when warmed through loses the nice crunch in texture that is so appealing against the soft, oozy filling. the flavor is fine, though.

                1. re: alkapal

                  alk, thanks for adding to the dialogue. I was having hesitation over a warm pickle...not sure it appeals to me. The great thing about pickles IS the crunch/cold/sour hit!

                  1. re: HillJ

                    exactly. the contrast is the best.

                    "warm pickles" sound like a (very) bad rock band.

                2. re: HillJ

                  yes i place them inside the panini and yes you do lose the wonderful crunch but I really enjoy the flavor nonetheless.

                  1. re: bitsubeats

                    it is still sour, that's true. just not as sharp and vinegary....

                    1. re: alkapal

                      ok..rather than judge..i'll give pickles in the panini (not the rock band!) a try this week...see if I'm a convert.

                      1. re: alkapal

               any suggestions for substitutions? I could always make the sandwich sans pickle and take a bite of the sandwich then a bite of a cold pickle. (:

                        works for me!

                        hah, or I could chase it all with a swig of pickle juice

                        1. re: bitsubeats

                          no, no no; just put pickle on post grilling.

              2. quiche lorraine is one of my favorite non-sandwich uses.
                and let's get soop a good reuben sandwich!!!!! (yes, THE best sandwich in the world). soop, here's a step-by-step:
                another appetizing photo (using the standard rye)

                a little history:

                and a russian dressing primer (for the reuben):

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