Easy Cheese Fondue Recipes
Here are two easy cheese fondue recipes.
Cheese fondue sometimes sounds exotic because some recipes do use a few ingredients that some of us may not have on hand all the time.
The kirsch in the second recipe for example. Kirsch is a type of liqueur and should be available in most liquor stores.
Cheese Fondue with a Twist
1 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese
Mix Cheddar with beer in fondue pot (if you don't have a fondue pot, a crockpot will work nicely). Heat slowly, stirring frequently, until melted. Add seasonings. Keep warm over a small fondue flame.
Fill bread basket or bowl with crusty French or Italian bread cut into 1x1" cubes. Spear the bread with a long, heat proof fork and dip it into the warmed cheese. The fondue will be a bit thin at first, but will thicken as it continues to warm.
Authentic Traditional Cheese Fondue
1 pound emmenthaler or 1/2 pound emmenthaler and 1/2 pound gruyere cheese
Grate the cheese. Measure all ingredients and have them ready to add with one hand. Your other hand will be busy stirring the mixture with a wooden spoon.
Rub a heavy saucepan with the garlic. Heat the wine in the saucepan, uncovered, over a moderately high heat. Pour kirsch into a cup. Add the corn starch and stir until well dissolved.
When the wine is to the point where it is almost covered with a fine foam, but not yet boiling, start adding the cheese gradually, stirring constantly. Keep the heat fairly high, but do not let the fondue boil. Continue to add the cheese until it begins to thicken a bit and you can feel a very slight resistance to the spoon as you stir, about 10 minutes from the time you begin to add the cheese.
Still stirring constantly, add the kirsch and corn starch mixture. Continue to cook until the fondue begins to thicken. Add nutmeg, white pepper or paprika to taste. Transfer the fondue to a heat proof heavy pan which can be placed over an alcohol lamp or use a chafing dish or electric skillet, adjusted to low heat to keep it warm and melted.
Makes 4 servings.
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Did You Know?...
Our first recipe is more of a North American take on the traditional fondue.
Beer is substituted for the usual wine and cheddar cheese is used in place of more European cheeses like gruyere or swiss.
The second recipe is a very authentic European cheese fondue.
Try them both and see which you prefer. I think you will be pleased with either one.
Look for more fondue recipes? Try our yummy chocolate fondue.
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