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How To Make A Tasty Cheese Fondue

Dec 28, 2007
Fondue is one of the most delicious and fun ways to eat. A fondue (especially cheese fondue) can be a big hit at a party, a nice choice for a romantic dinner, or a perfect, fun meal with all the kids. It's different, exciting, and most of all delicious!

So are you ready to learn how to make a tasty cheese fondue? If so, this article will show you everything you need to know to get started.

This article assumes that you already own a fondue pot and forks. If you don't, you might be able to use a Crockpot and bamboo skewers as forks. A fondue set is definitely recommended, and will make your fondue experience much more pleasant.

We will be making a Swiss fondue, which is the most popular cheese fondue. And it's a favorite for good reason, the two Swiss cheeses used in this recipe combine to create the perfect flavor and texture for fondue.

Cheese Fondue Recipe

Ingredients

- 1/2 pound of finely grated Gruyere cheese
- 1/2 pound of finely grated Emmentaler cheese
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 cup dry white wine (preferably high quality)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon kirsch cherry brandy
- pepper and nutmeg

Directions

1. Cut the garlic clove in half and use it to rub the inside of a medium saucepan. Add the wine and lemon juice then bring to a simmer over medium heat.

2. Mix the finely grated Gruyere and Emmentaler cheese with the cornstarch in a large bowl. Toss it all together. Stir the cheese mixture into the wine one small handful at a time until creamy. Don't stir in a circle, use a zig-zag motion instead. If the fondue is too thick, add more wine. If it's too thin, add more cornstarch. Keep the heat just high enough to melt the cheese or it might start to get a bit stringy. When it reaches the desired texture (creamy) add the kirsch and a bit of pepper and nutmeg.

3. Transfer the mixture to the fondue pot and serve as soon as possible with the dipping ingredients.

Dipping Ingredients

-Cubes of French baguette
-Chunks of cooked chicken
-Sausage
-Asparagus
-Broccoli
-Chunks of green apple

Be sure to prepare the dipping ingredients before you start making the fondue. Good timing will make everything turn out better.

These dippers are just suggestions. You can probably think of all sorts of other things to dip into the fondue. If you think it will taste good dipped in melted cheese, you're probably right.

Eating fondue is simple and fun. Just skewer one of the dipping ingredients then dunk it into the melted cheese Allow the excess cheese to drip off. After it cools a bit, it's ready to eat. You can provide small plates if you want too, but they are not a necessity.

Traditional drinks that accompany fondue are hot tea and wine, but feel free to drink whatever you like. Fondue is supposed to be fun after all.
About the Author
Christopher is a contributing writer for FondueBits.com, the number one resource for fondue recipes, articles, and tips on making that perfect fondue.
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