Here's a splendid cheese fondue recipe that is perfect for festivities. In addition to the three varieties of cheese it contains (Gouda, cheddar and Swiss), it also includes cranberries, which provide some sparks of color instead of the regular and plain-looking traditional cheese fondue.
Of course, as with any fondue recipe, you have to ensure your fondue pot is adequate and will be able to provide the required amount of constant heat to prevent the cheese from hardening up. Cheese fondue pots normally have a gel or alcohol-based burner although most electric fondue sets
If you're looking for a good quality cheese fondue pot, you may be interested in the Swissmar Lugano 9-Piece Cheese Fondue Set shown above. It retains heat very well and its wide opening is perfect for dipping bread and steamed veggies into cheese.
Delicious Cheese Fondue Recipe
Butter or margarine
Garlic clove, thinly chopped
Chives, thinly chopped
Dry white wine like Chardonnay
Swiss cheese, shredded
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Gouda cheese, rind removed and shredded
Pepper to taste
Assorted dippers such as steamed vegetables, fruit slices and pepperoni sticks
1. Turn on your fondue pot and melt the butter or margarine. Add the garlic and chives and cook for two minutes while stirring.
2. Add the wine, cranberries and rosemary and let it simmer until reduced to one third (it should take about 4 minutes).
3. With burner on low, add the cornstarch and shredded cheese, one handful at a time, until all the cheese is melted. With a wooden spoon, mix well and stir continuously.
4. Add pepper to taste.
5. If the mixture is too hard, add wine. If the mixture is too soft, add cheese.
6. Dip bite-sized pieces of bread, nuts, fruit or vegetables.
7. Let the dipped pieces cool off for a few seconds, then enjoy and repeat but no double-dipping!
Note: French baguette pieces make excellent dippers. You can also try steamed broccoli, apple slices or pepperoni sticks.