Cheese fondue is comfort food and glamour food, rolled into one. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
Page 1: Swiss Cheese Fondue With Three Types Of Cheese
Fondue, a melted cheese dish, originated in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel. Each canton has its own variation on the recipe, which generally consists of at least two varieties of cheese, wine and a bit of flour or cornstarch to keep the melted cheese from separating. The fondue is served from a communal pot called a caquelon, using long forks to spear a cube of bread that is swirled in the melted cheese. The tradition dates to the 18th century; some say it was developed as a way to use slightly stale bread. The word fondue itself is the past participle of the French fondre, to melt down.
Melted cheese is a popular concept.
Murray’s Cheese, one of the country’s leading cheese stores, knows how to entertain with cheese. They do it more often than just about anyone. One of the budget-savvy ways to entertain a foodie crowd is to make a delicious fondue. If you want to send fondue as a gift, they’ll send the real deal—not a foil packet, but the actual Gruyère, Appenzeller and Emmental cheeses, cornichons, pickled cipollini onions, Landjaeger smokey sausage links, thin-sliced Speck prosciutto and Amy’s artisan bread. Order online at MurraysCheese.com.
Here’s Murray’s own fondue recipe:
Some recipes includes Kirschwasser, cherry brandy. Murray’s recipe doesn’t include it because it is meant compensate for the lack of complexity in younger cheeses. If you’re using a young Gruyère, add a tablespoon of Kirschwasser.
If you want to try variations on this recipe, you can also add 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, fresh-grated nutmeg or 1/2 cup chopped sautéed mushrooms.
What’s the difference between Appenzeller, Emmenthaler and Gruyère? Each contributes a different flavor and texture to the blend. Read more about them on the next page.
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