The staple of any good meal, in my opinion, is fresh garlic. And fondue is a perfect vehicle for such an ingredient. When doing everyday cooking, I have a jar of minced garlic that I normally use. However, some times simply require fresh minced garlic. I have a rocking chopping knife that is perfect for this task… I don’t know what else to call it. I’ll have to take a picture of it, because it works so well for mincing garlic by hand, as well as for chopping fresh herbs such as cilantro, thyme, rosemary, etc. I don’t use it all that often, but when I do, that means it’s important. 🙂
I had forgotten how much I enjoy making (and eating) cheese fondue. It’s a luxurious meal… Perfect for chilly winter nights… And perfect if one is a cheese freak, as I am. I’ll have to do this once or twice more this season, most definitely.
- Butter, one stick
- Garlic, minced
- Emmenthaler Swiss Cheese, 1/2 lb., cubed or grated
- Gruyere Cheese, 1/2 lb., cubed or grated
- White Wine, one cup
- Nutmeg, sprinkles
- Crusty Bread, cubed
- Kirsch, optional
Saute garlic in butter. Add wine and boil. Lower heat. Add cheeses and remaining ingredients. Stir constantly until everything is melted and smooth. Dip in crusty bread, twirl cheese around it, and enjoy!
It works best if you’re able to keep the cheese fondue warm as it’s being eaten. There are also “rules” about not letting your bread fall into the fondue, not touching your lips onto the utensil you are using to dip into the fondue… blah, blah, blah. I’m not the biggest fan of “rules”, so I say eat and enjoy!
Things discovered upon making fondue this New Year’s Eve:
- I no longer have my fondue forks, lost somewhere along the way. While regular forks worked fine for us, some skewer type of fondue utensils might be in order soon.
- My garlic press is also gone. Though they are a pain to clean, that may also get added to my short list very soon.
- I used to have a fondue pot that used sterno as the warming source while eating… I don’t think I’d go that route now, as I think I used the fondue forks more than the actual fondue pot itself, but I may tuck a fondue set somewhere in the back of my mind for my long list. At least something to look into…