It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and I think we should spice things up with a pot full of melting, gooey cheese into which we will dunk fine hunks of fresh baguette — or crunchy veg, or lovely dried figs — don’t you??
Come along to make a (mostly) traditional gruyere fondue, flavor boosted with wine, shallot, garlic, mustard, and a squeeze of lemon… because this is sophisticated, adult melted cheese ready for your love day celebrating, whether for a party of 1, 2, or 12. No special equipment needed! Xx
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 8 to 10
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, creamed
1 cup dry white wine
3/4-pound gruyere cheese, grated
3/4-pound Swiss Emmenthaler cheese, grated
1 tablespoon plus ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
Juice of ½ lemon
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Kosher salt, to taste
Toasted Crusty Bread
Tart apple slices
Bell pepper slices
Rainbow carrot slices
•In a heated fondue pot or heavy bottomed medium saucepan add the olive oil. Add the shallot and saute for a couple of minutes until softened and aromatic. If using a saucepan or dutch oven, do this all over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and white wine and bring to a low simmer.
•Meanwhile, in a medium bowl toss the shredded cheese with the cornstarch. Begin adding the cheese to the warm wine, stirring continuously, until nicely melted. Season with salt to taste and add lemon juice and Dijon mustard. Stir until smooth.
•Serve next to a board with favorite dippers.