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Gruyere substitutions?

I'm trying to make a croque monsieur and the recipe calls for gruyere. Unfortunately no supermarkets in my small-town currently have gruyere. Is there a substitution I could use?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Emmanthaler is similar, but there is no true substitute. If you don't have access to Emmanthaler, aim for the most aged swiss you do have access to.

    1. There is no sub for it, ImO. And a Croque M. depends on a great gruyere.

      Are you sure you can't find it? It's widely available even in very small places

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        While a croque monsieur can be a great sandwich, in the land of its birth, it's on a level with a grilled-cheese sandwich -- the potential to be fabulous, but usually nothing special.

        It's emmental, usually industrial, in most of them.

        1. re: C. Hamster

          Finally found it!! Yay! Our local food co-op had it. Our general grocery stores (Shaws) are so hit and miss with cheese selection. Sometimes they have certain cheeses; sometimes they don't. Joy of living in a small, rural state.

          1. Use swiss with a bit of parmesan.

            1. Comte would be a very good sub. Probably even better, but obviously, if you can't find Gruyere, you won't find Comte. As others have suggested, domestic Swiss would be OK, but not at all the same. I'd use half of what the recipe calls for. Swiss isn't at all the same as Gruyere.