Perfect Party Food: Cheese Fondue

Sunday, January 11, 2015
I make it known to my family weeks prior to an awards show that I will not be cooking, cleaning, ironing, packing lunches, etc. for the duration of the red carpet event and award show.

I need something easy but fun for dinner on the evenings of these awards shows. For the Golden Globes tonight and the Oscars in a few weeks, I need a meal that will lend itself to a small party for the family.

I decided on cheese fondue. So seventies but so satisfying, right?

I just happened to find a recipe for cheese fondue in last month's Food Network magazine as well as a fun feature on unique items for dipping. I adapted the recipe a bit to eliminate some of the wine. 

I must warn you, this is not a budget-friendly recipe. The Gruyere cheese is quite expensive as are the items for dipping if you are going to offer a variety. But once in a while, a splurge is fun!

Cheese Fondue

8 ounces of Gruyere cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 clove garlic, halved
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
Assorted dippers, see list after the recipe for suggestions

  1. Toss the cheeses with the flour in a bowl.
  2. Rub the inside of a saucepan with the cut sides of the garlic. Discard the garlic.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the wine, broth, lemon juice, and mustard. Add the liquid mixture to the saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
  4. Add half of the cheese mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until completely melted. Add the remaining cheese mixture and stir until smooth.
  5. If using, add the nutmeg.
  6. Add a dash of broth or wine, if cheese mixture is too thick.
  7. Continue to cook, stirring for 2 more minutes. Transfer to a fondue pot or a slow cooker.
  8. Serve with your choice of dippers.

Suggested dippers
Fresh French baguette cut into cubes
Mini hot dogs
Pearl onions
Soft pretzels
Broccoli, cauliflower (slightly blanched)
Avocado slices
Pineapple chunks
Iceberg lettuce
Grape tomatoes
Apples, cubed
Mini bagels
Whole-grain crackers

*This post was originally published in February 2015 and has been updated.

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