One of my all-time favorite meals is a simple one of bircher muesli accompanied by some hearty bread and delicious cheeses. This is what I would enjoy as a light supper on summer evenings with my Grossmami in Switzerland. Now, you might be wondering what this bircher muesli thing is that I'm talking about (pronounced BEER-kher MYEWS-li). While it's a mouthful to say, it is certainly a mouthful you'll enjoy to eat. This dish is a simple combination of grated apples, yogurt, rolled oats, and an assortment of fresh fruit and nuts. I love bircher muesli for breakfast and made it today to enjoy with our friends Alicia and Dan who joined us for Sunday brunch. It's super easy to make a large amount and you can keep it in your fridge to enjoy during the week.
Now in addition to bircher muesli we served Italian prosecco with freshly squeezed orange juice and we also made French crepes – as a neutral Swiss I felt compelled to fairly represent both Italy and France in honor of today's World Cup match. (Congrats, Italia!)
4-5 Apples, finely grated
2 Tablespoon lemon juice (this adds great flavor but also helps prevent the apples from browning)
8 Tablespoons of plain yogurt
8 Tablespoons of rolled oats
1 ripe banana sliced
1-2 Cups of grapes
1/4 Cup chopped walnuts
Small handful raisins
1 Tablespoon sugar – taste to adjust for sweetness, depending on the apples and other fruit you may need more/less
Add any other fruits that you have on hand that you enjoy, I added:
1/2 Cup blueberries
1/2 Cup raspberries
1 Nectarine chopped
1) Begin by peeling and grating your apples (this is the only part of the recipe that requires any effort) – add to a medium-large bowl. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and stir into the apples. Add all of the other ingredients and stir together. Taste to adjust for sweetness. Also, you can add more oats or yogurt to change the consistency depending on how you like it.
This is one of those dishes that my Grandmother would make and she'd use whatever fruits she happened to have on hand. You don't have to use exactly the fruits that I've mentioned here – use what you like best. I recommend the banana and grapes though because both add great flavor and the grapes offer a nice crispy burst of flavor in contrast with the softer texture of the oats and yogurt. Another thing that my Grandmother would add is cream – about a few tablespoons to smooth out the consistency and add richness. I usually don't do this because I rarely have cream on hand and I find that yogurt works well on it's own. Feel free to add the cream if you like, though!