Cheese Fondue

Well I don’t know how the weather is like where you are, but where I’m living winter just brought on the snow canons once more. Of course it’s a beautiful winter wonderland outside but wonderland ends when the pavements have to be swept and you have to shovel your car free from snow and ice. One thing this sort of weather does invite you to is the idea of a gathering of family and friends sitting around a hot pot of cheese. In my opinion the best way to enjoy cheese and to feel real at home. The thought of oozing cheese and warmth is just a homecoming idea. And who invented this lovely tradition? Of course the Swiss. A Swiss cheese fondue is my kind of stay-at-home-get-in-my-snuggies-bottle-of-wine-laughing-till-my-tummy-hurts kinda evening.

Of course a much needed utensil to pull off this sensational evening is a cheese fondue set. The best is a set with a gel paste burner at the bottom, but an electrical set will do as well.

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients for 5 portions:

  • 300 gr Gruyere cheese
  • 200 gr Appenzeller Cheese
  • 500 gr Emmentaler Cheese
  • 500 ml white wine
  • 1 dash of cumin
  • Pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 tsp water
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 baguettes that are a day old
  • Grapes (optional)

Utensils:

  • Grater
  • Fondue set
  • Bread knife
  • Small bowl

ToDo:

The most work is grating the cheese. Do that first. Next prepare your cornstarch. Mix your cornstarch together with your water in your small bowl. Now before all the action starts cut up your baguettes. First cut them into slices that are about 3 cm thick and then cut the slices into cubes that are 3 cm big. Next grab your fondue pot and put it on the stove. Pour in your wine and add your garlic clove that your either smashed open or cut in half. Now heat up your pot and as soon as the wine starts to steam add your cheese. Now keep stirring until the cheese melts. Turn the stove down to a medium heat. Add some cumin and pepper. Lastly stir your cornstarch mixture once more as cornstarch tends to settle at the bottom after standing around for a while without being stirred and add it to your cheese. Let it boil up and become thicker and stir a little more. Now turn on your fondue set or if you’re using a gel paste burner light it up and set your fondue pot on top. Now each of you grab a piece of bread with your extra long forks and start dipping. If you want to try a healthier alternative or a carb free alternative, try dipping grapes in. They work just as well. Lecker smacker!

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