On one side of the table, we'll serve the Swiss crowd-pleaser, made with a mixture of emmentaler, gruyere, and raclette cheeses for a perfect pairing with crusty baguette. On the other side, guests can indulge in a classic chocolate version, served with pound cake and strawberries, made all the more rich with vanilla and heavy cream. Looking for a surefire way to appeal to cravings both sugary and salty? Then keep reading.
Do you have a lot of people plopping down on your couch to watch the game, and even more importantly, the commercials? If you want to try something a little less traditional in the game-day-food realm, cheddar cheese and stout fondue is for you. It's the perfect dish: easy to prepare in advance and bound to satisfy your guests. Who doesn't love dipping veggies, bread, and apples in a warm and creamy cheddar cheese dip?!
If you don't have a fondue pot, you can use a small sauce pan, but you'll have to periodically reheat the fondue. As it cools, the texture turns a little grainy. Feel free to substitute another melting cheese or beer that you have on hand. To have your guests dip into this super bowl of cheese, keep reading for the recipe.
While it may seem incredibly easy to throw a bunch of cheese into a pot and melt it, crafting a super-creamy fondue takes a little skill. In the February issue of Vogue, Jeffrey Steingarten acknowledges that the perfect fondue is hard to find. He said:
Fondues as smooth and suave as this are rare; more often the cheese separates and settles on the bottom of the pan in stringy clumps and lonely curds whose flavor is as fine as the cheese they're made from, but that congeal in the mouth into tough and chewy balls not unlike chaws of bubble gum.
No one would want to serve a chunky fondue like the one Steingarten describes. To ensure that you never make a bad fondue again, check out my tips for creating silky fondue, just read more
Although I'm not in a relationship, that doesn't mean I'm not going to celebrate Valentine's Day! This year I'm helping my sister and her BFF plan an all girl party. To make things festive and sexy, we're serving fondue. A fondue party appeals to everyone because guests can pick and choose what they want to dip into the melted cheese pleasing both vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
For our party, we will be serving the classic Swiss version of fondue as well as two other variations: a goat cheese fondue and a beer cheddar fondue. Cubed bread — both wheat and white — vegetables, fingerling potatoes, and pear slices will be used as dippers. For these fabulous fondue recipes, read more
If you went ahead and made yourself a tasty cheese fondue yesterday, you may find yourself with some leftover. If this is the case then you may end up eating fondue again tonight, or you can use it as the base of a casserole, or put it on top of a number of different dishes. However, in honor of National Eggs Benedict Day, I thought it would be fun to make a faux benedict with cheese fondue instead. To check out the recipe (it's pretty simple, just replace the hollandaise sauce with re-heated cheese fondue), read more
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), read more