Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cheese Fondue

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Cheese Fondue is a Swiss dish of melted cheese eaten with pieces of vegetables, meat and bread skewered on a long stemmed fork. This is fun interactive meal that became popular in the United States around the 1960's and 1970's. These days Fondue Parties are a fun retro way of entertaining your guests. 

 Ingredients
1 cup white wine (dry)
1Tbs all-purpose flour or cornstarch
10 ounces sharp Cheddar shredded
10 ounces Swiss Cheese shredded
1Tbs of lemon juice
one clove of garlic

Note:  If you would like to avoid the white wine, substitute it for some chicken broth.

Assorted Dippers:
Blanched Vegetables (see note):  Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, etc...
Cubed bread:  French, Sourdough or Pumpernickel etc...
Slice Apples
Cubed cooked meat like chicken, ham, pork, beef and lamb

Note: To blanch vegetables bring a pot of water to boil and allow vegetables to cook for 2 minutes.  Then immediately put them in a bowl of ice and water to stop the cooking process.  Drain well before serving.

Directions:

Step 1: Rub garlic on the bottom and sides of a pan and discard.  
Step 2:  In the pan you rubbed the garlic, bring wine and lemon juice to a gentle simmer.  
Step 3:  Toss your cheese with the flour/cornstarch and then add to your heated wine and stir in figure 8's until the cheese melts and the mixture is smooth.   
4. Pour into fondue pot and serve.

  Serves 4

 




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25 comments:

  1. I haven't had fondue in I can't remember when. That creamy cheese sauce looks divine. Even though I am trying to cut the dairy, I can see myself right now dipping those veggies in and then some crusty bread. Looks delicious.

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  2. Can I come over?!?!?1 Seriously, I LOVE cheese fondue. I think I could alternate between cheese fondue and pizza for every meal!

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  3. Mmmmmm....I wish this was my dinner! SO yummy...and another beautiful photo!

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  4. I'm on the fence with cheese fondue - it may have just been the wrong kind of cheese when we made it, but it just overwhelmed me after a few bites. We definitely didn't mix with cheddar though so that might help :) Love that you're using veggies and not just bread!

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  5. Ooh, cute fondue pot! I haven't tried a swiss/cheddar combo, but will next time I get the fondue pot out.

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  6. Cheese fondue sounds awesome. I mean who ever decided that melted cheese in a pot that you dip food in is a genius. I've had some good cheese fondue but I have never made my own. I can't believe how simple it is. Great post.

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  7. What a great way to get kids to eat veggies! Now if only I like cheese :)

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  8. Yummy! If you don't mind, I'll just hover on this picture for awhile and drool a little.

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  9. Fondues and hotpots are such fun social meals. It's been a while since we had cheese fondue. Need to prepare one soon :)

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  10. Love fondue and have yet to make it at home. This looks so good with all those healthy veggies!

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  11. Ramona...yet another great blast from my past! I remember cheese fondues...they were considered so fancy back then. But I could totally make a meal with this dish. All I need is a glass of wine! This looks fun and fabulous! : )

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  12. Yum! I wish I was eating this now. Nice photos.

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  13. Oooh, this looks delicious! LOVE that you used veggies instead of bread (although I DO love bread with cheese fondue)

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  14. Very cute! I've been thinking about doing a fondue to try to get the kids to eat their veggies.

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  15. You are really tempting me to go out and get a fondue pot. Thanks for reviving this trend and please keep the ideas coming!

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  16. Looks and sounds awesome! Thx for sharing this gr88 recipe :) Hoping to see your participation for my 'Valentine's Day Event'

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  17. I like fondue so much...on winter nights, on Fridays, we used to have fondue, with a glass of wine of course, I'm missing winter nights....

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  18. Fondue is one of my lists that I wish to buy. My husband thinks it's pretty heavy food that we don't eat often (therefore he thinks we should go to a fondue restaurant) but I feel it's a lot cheaper to eat at home... and we can prepare the way we like it! I'm envious you already have one! =)

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  19. Yum! I love fondue too. My recipe is similar, but I have been using Mexican beer. Been meaning to try it with wine!

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  20. I love fondue, but I hate those ready cheese fondue boxes. I'll give this recipe a try, sounds delicious!

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