Jenni’s family has a tradition of making fondue every Christmas Eve (cheese fondue before the candle light church service and meat fondue after), and since Hilary and Danielle had never tried cheese fondue, she decided to buy a fondue pot and make it for Danielle’s birthday last December. It was such a hit that we made it again for our friend Damon’s birthday last night… looks like it’s becoming a tradition!
To make this fondue, you’ll need a fondue pot. Our pot is from Amazon and only cost $30, but make sure you read the reviews before you buy it. KitchenAid makes some great ones, but there are brands that heat up too fast and will burn the cheese.
To make the Swiss Cheese Fondue above (it feeds 4 people for dinner; for an appetizer course, make 3/4 of this amount), you will need:
1/2 lb Ementhaler Swiss cheese, grated
1 lb Gruyere cheese, grated
3 T flour
1 t nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/4 c dry white wine
1 garlic clove, minced
Various ingredients for dipping
Grate all of the cheese in a bowl. Then put the flour, nutmeg and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in the bowl and mix it so that the cheese is covered in flour.
In a saucepan, bring the wine and minced garlic to a simmer.
Then slowly add handfuls of cheese to the wine mixture, stirring until it looks smooth. Once you’ve added all of the cheese, access the situation. If it looks too runny, add a sprinkle more flour. If it looks too thick, add a bit more white wine. Then transfer the mixture to your fondue pot and enjoy!
We like to dip crusty french bread (cut in chunks), apples, broccoli, carrots and peppers into the cheese. If you come up with any other dipping inspirations, let us know!