Are you over the fancy-schmanzy Valentine’s dinners? You often end up battling crowded restaurants and over-priced menus to celebrate the ones you love. This year, celebrate around your own kitchen table with this homemade Cheese Fondue. It’s a delicious, simple and romantic way to spend the holiday!
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups Gruyere cheese
- 2 cups Emmental or Jarlsberg cheese
- 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
- Pinch paprika and nutmeg (optional)
- Cut a garlic clove in half and rub all over the inside of a heavy pot. Discard the clove.
- Add broth to pot and heat until simmering.
- Grate cheese.
- Put cheese and cornstarch in a ziploc and shake to incorporate cornstarch.
- Gradually add cheese mixture to pot, stirring constantly in zig-zag or hourglass pattern, until cheese is melted. (If you stir in a circle, the cheese may clump together and not melt properly.)
- Add spices, if using.
- Do not let mixture boil, but stir until all cheese is melted and thickened slightly.
- Transfer to fondue pot set over flame to serve.
Favorite foods to dip
- Fresh apple and pear slices
- Fresh chunks of Italian or French bread, or pretzel bread
- Boiled or roasted new potatoes
- Roasted or steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots
- Chicken sausage
- Baby pickles
- Be sure to use high-quality cheese and never use pre-grated. If it isn’t aged properly, or if it’s pre-grated, the consistency is compromised and may become lumpy.
- You can substitute dry white wine for the chicken broth for a richer flavor.
Craving something that will satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out this Chocolate Fondue recipe!
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