One of the best things about the food in Switzerland is the simplicity of all of it. When you see the food plated it isn’t modern or sleek, but you take a bite and your mouth explodes. Don’t get me wrong many chefs in Switzerland have made their styles appear in their presentation but the flavors, ingredients, and process are the more important to the Swiss. This includes creams and cheeses. Please enjoy our wonderful white potato soup
One example of this is a dedicated farmer and cheesemaker, Gerard Biland. His farm and Cafe, Buvette de Invettes, will take your breath away and fill your senses with fresh alp air and the aroma of the cafe.
Gerard’s farm and cafe is a quaint secret kept in a valley on the edge of the French speaking region of Switzerland. About 15 minutes from the city of Gruyeres, where, yes you guessed it, they make the famous Gruyere Cheese.
After the tour of the farm, cheese cellar, and photos with the cows, of course, we headed into the beautiful chalet with all his specialty cheeses. As you continue into the dining room you are encircled by the most appealing wood walls, wood tables, and wood benches. All adorned with red and white decor.
We sat and enjoyed our sweet sips of Rivella, as the soup was served, the smell enveloped my nose, and my mouth started to water. The soup is a very common soup in Switzerland but it can have many different varieties. Almost every restaurant in Switzerland has its own version of Soupe de Chalet. It has a base of potatoes and onions but in addition, it may have leeks, asparagus spears, zucchini, carrots, celery, yellow squash, and even lima beans.
In this beautiful Chalet, they had their own spin on the dish. Cream. I’m not sure if there is a saying around the world but in my kitchen I say, cream makes everything better! They follow the recipe and when they have the perfect taste they add cream. With a garnish of parsley and cheese.
You are totally welcome to leave out the cream and cheese, it still has a wonderful taste. Each variety brings a different flavor, so start experimenting on which is your favorite.
The best kind of soup to warm you from the inside out.
White Potato Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 1 hour
- 3 cups of potatoes (peeled and cubed)
- 2 medium onions ( thinly sliced)
- 2 stalks leeks ( cut in half, thinly sliced)
- 5 tbsp butter
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- ½ cup white cheddar
- 1 ½ cup chicken stock
- 1 pint heavy cream
- Salt and pepper
- ½ cup parsley
- Place the potatoes, onions, leeks, and the butter in a pot, with temperature on low and cover.
- Stir occasionally, cook until the potatoes are half cooked.
- Add parmesan cheese as well as optional cheese if wanted and stir.
- Add stock and cook until potatoes are done.
- Add the cream, salt and pepper.
- Serve with parsley as garnish. Optional.