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Sunday Dinner: Classic Cheese Fondue

One of my favorite things in the whole world is cheese. I love it in just about all formats, but especially have a thing for it when it's heated and gooey and waiting for me to dip things into it. Yes ladies and gents, I'm talking about fondue. For tonight's Sunday dinner I suggest you gather up your favorite accoutrements (bread, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, apples, broccoli, carrots, etc.) and prepare yourself a delicious cheese fondue. It'll work better if you have a fondue pot with long dipping forks, however if you don't, you can gather around the stove while you eat, but that's just not as fun. To check out a simple basic recipe (from which you can use as your launch pad to go crazy with cheese experimentation),

This recipe is assuming you have a fondue pot that is okay for the stove - or an adjustable temp fondue pot. If yours is more of a warmer only/can't go on the stove, start it in a different pot on the stove and then move it over to the fondue pot.

And don't throw out the leftover fondue. Store in an airtight container in the fridge, you can heat it back up for tomorrow's leftovers.

Classic Cheese Fondue
From Go Fondue

1/2 lb Emmenthaler (Swiss) Cheese (shredded)
1/2 lb Gruyeye (shredded)
1 clove Garlic
2 cups Dry White Wine
1 tbs Lemon Juice
2 tbs Flour
3 tbs Kirsch
1/4 tsp White Pepper
Nutmeg and/or Paprika to taste

  1. Rub the inside of the fondue pot with the garlic clove - add clove to pot or discard
  2. Heat up the White Wine & Lemon Juice - should be hot but do not boil
  3. Reduce heat to low and slowly add cheese while stirring
  4. Slowly add remainder of ingredients while stirring
  5. If fondue is too loose add more cheese
  6. If fondue is too stiff add more wine

Use dipping forks to dip your favorite items (crusty bread, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, etc).

What do you like to dip into your cheese fondue?

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kd0024 kd0024 10 years
Just love that fondue set!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
well the broth and water base sounds like steamboat to me, and THAT i can understand. but oil? haha. isnt that like, mass deep frying?? lol
Food Food 10 years
mandiesoh - pretty much you have heated oil in the fondue pot and you take thinly cut/cubed pieces of meat and dip them until they're cooked. the meat has either been marinated, or you can use various dipping sauces for flavor. You can also do with a type of broth/water base instead.
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
I have a fondue pot - love it.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:jawdrop: CestLaVie how does fondue meat in oil work?!??! hahahaha kinda grosss!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
My first comment on here EVER! I have been checking out the site (multiple times!) pretty much daily for the past couple of months but had some issues with the log-in. FINALLY! And what is more appropriate then to dedicate my first to fondue :) I must say that fondue- cheese and chocolate is awesome and a huge party hit! My roomie and I both bought each other a fondue for Christmas- and my parents got me another (that one went back). At a recent party we had chocolate in one and cheese in the other and people were staying pretty close to the fondue table! I have yet to try fondu-ing meat in oil...
Sandrine-M Sandrine-M 10 years
I don't know... Fondue is good, yes, but I soooo much prefer raclette, another great Swiss cheese dish. Actually, most people in Europe prefer raclette over fondue. Why? Because with a raclette grill (and that is the way raclette is eaten, not like in this wrong definition) I can make so many different things, most with cheese of course, but if some of my guests don't want to eat cheese they have the freedom to select other ingredients. It's so much greater than fondue!
SU3 SU3 10 years
mmmm... sounds GOOD! I love Melting Pot :DROOL:
Isis_ Isis_ 10 years
I have never had fondu, I do want to try it.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
anything to do with fondue is delicious
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
I have a fondue pot I need to use, so I might try this! I love fondue!
Cairo Cairo 10 years
I got a Fondue Pot for Christmas like 3 Years ago, never used it, Had Fondue at a Friends House LOVED It! Now Have used Mine a Few Times, The Kids love It Too, Plus it gets them too eat veggies they usually say they hate.
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
apples, carrots, and yummy crusty breads. just like bob /\ me and the bf always take our fondue cravings to the melting pot though :P we're too lazy to make our own
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Oh, I haven't done this in awhile! What a great Sunday dinner idea... Delicious! =]
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
Love fondue with apples, pears, and of course crusty bread.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
must be delish! have not tried this before tho
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Ooh I love cheese fondue! I had the most amazing cheese fondue in Interlaken, Switzerland! This is really cool. I love dipping bread in - French baguettes are the best.
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