Cheese Fondue

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I love cheese. There, I said it. When recipes say “sprinkle” cheese, I COVER it in cheese. Cheese is just awesome. One of my favorite foods that involve cheese is fondue!  Whenever I go out for fondue, which is rare, I go crazy on the cheese fondue. It’s so fluffy, stringy and warm..oh, nom nom nom! Sadly, hubs hates fondue. He can’t stand it. So, I do not own a fondue set. It would be really useless to own a set knowing that I’m only going to eat off of it.

For the party, I wanted to bring in a dangerously cheesy dish, and what is more cheesy than fondue? I searched the Internet like crazy, and found a recipe that sounded simple and had great reviews. I wanted something that tasted like it came straight from a restaurant, so I wanted it to be authentic and have a swiss cheese base.

I also knew fondue involved wine, and I will admit, I am the furthest away from being knowledgeable about wine. I need things spelled out for me in a recipe. “Dry White Wine” as an ingredient  in a recipe didn’t help me, so I asked a few friends for help. It was a toss-up between using a sauvignon blanc and an unoaked chardonnay. My cheap self couldn’t find an unoaked chardonnay for less than $10 (at least the label didn’t say unoaked), so I settled for some Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc ($6 a bottle and it had seemingly good reviews for a frugal wine on the Internet). In the end, I couldn’t even taste the wine. I just don’t have a sensitive palate, I guess..all I tasted was cheese, cheese, cheese! :) This dish was a HIT!

Just to note, I ended up making this in a non-stick pot on low heat until it came together, then I threw it in a small crock-pot on low, since we don’t own a fondue set. It worked well at keeping the cheese warm. :)

Cheese Fondue
Source: adapted from AllRecipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry white wine (I used sauvignon blanc)
  • 1/2 pound shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 pound shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • french bread, cut into cubes
  • broccoli florets
  • baby carrots
  • apple slices

Directions:

  1. Simmer wine in a small pot. Add Swiss cheese, Gruyere cheese, 1/4 pound at a time. Stir after each addition of cheese until melted.  Note: It might not look like it’s coming together at this point. Just keep stirring and add the flour. That’s when my fondue came together.
  2. Stir in flour. When all the cheese has melted, stir in salt. Place in a small crockpot on low heat to serve. Serve with bread cubes, broccoli, carrots and apples.

Comments

  1. Sounds delicious! I’ve always wanted to make fondue, but we don’t have a small crockpot to keep it warm in.

    • The Nifty Foodie says:

      I imagine if you kept it on super low (stirring every few minutes) it could work just sitting on a stovetop as well. :) Our fondue was in the crockpot for an hour, so I wanted to make sure it kept for a while. :)

  2. OMG WANT! I need this in my belleh now!

    Hai, my name is Stephanie and I’m a cheese addict. I’m also a carb addict. Ooey-gooey melted cheese + yummy bread to dip in it = my heaven.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe and for spelling out the whole wine thing. I also need more direction than the usual “red wine” or “dry white wine”, etc.

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