Cheese Fondues

Classic Emmentaler Fondue

1 clove of garlic, halved
1 1/2 cups of dry white Swiss wine
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
1 pound of Swiss cheese
1 rounded tablespoon of flour
pepper and nutmeg to taste
2 loaves of crusty Italian or French bread

Shred, grate or if your using sliced Swiss cheese, finely dice the Swiss cheese. Do this in advance if you like and keep the cheese refrigerated in a plastic bag. Dredge the cheese (coat by sprinkling) with flour. Cut the bread into 1 inch cubes. Each cube of bread should have crust on one side.

Rub the inside of the fondue pot with cut garlic clove. Place the pot on the stove. Pour the wine into the pot. Heat the pot over medium flame until wine is hot but not boiling. Add the lemon juice. Add handfuls of cheese, stirring the cheese constantly with wooden spoon until the cheese is melted and the cheese-wine mixture has the appearance of a light creamy sauce. Add pepper and nutmeg to taste. Bring to a boil, and then remove the pot and place on a burner on top of table. Adjust the flame of burner so fondue will continue bubbling very lightly. Serve each guest a handful of bread cubes from a plate or a basket. Spear fork through soft part of bread first, securing the prongs in crust. Dunk the bread to bottom of pot and stir well. Remove fork and twist off the excess over pot. Serves 2.

A popular variation:

Fondue Half and Half: Use a mixture of half Switzerland Swiss and half Natural Gruyere, and a Neuchatel white wine. Do not dredge with flour. When Fondue is ready, stir in 3 tablespoons Kirsch mixed with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and allow boiling for approximately 15 seconds.

Cheddar Fondue

Servings: 2 1/2 cups

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
Bread cubes, ham cubes, bite-size sausage and/or broccoli florets

In a saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour, salt if desired, pepper, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened. Reduce heat. Add the cheese; cook and stir until melted. Transfer to a fondue pot or slow cooker; keep warm. Serve with bread, ham, sausage and/or broccoli.

Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue

1 garlic clove, halved
1-1/2 c. dry white wine
1 Tbs. brandy or lemon juice
1 lb. (4 c.) shredded Swiss cheese
3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
dash pepper
dash ground nutmeg
chunks of crusty French bread

Rub garlic inside fondue pot or saucepan; discard garlic. Pour wine into pot and heat on low but do not boil. Stir in brandy or lemon juice.

In a medium mixing bowl, toss cheese with flour until blended. Add cheese to hot wine mixture by handfuls, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until cheese is melted. Stir in pepper and nutmeg to taste. Spear chunks of bread on long-handled fondue forks or long bamboo skewers and dip in the sauce.

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