Swiss Cheese Fondue Recipe

Swiss cheese fondue
Swiss cheese fondue. Getty Images/Colin Soutar/E+
    30 min
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This simple and easy Swiss cheese fondue with white wine and Kirsch (cherry brandy) comes together quickly. Fondue originated in Switzerland among peasants as a way to use up hardened cheese. The word fondue comes from the French verb fondre, which means "to melt."

Traditionally, fondue is made with a mixture of Emmental and/or Gruyère, two varieties of Swiss cheese, that are melted in a communal pot with white wine. Then Kirsch or other alcohol is added at the end so it doesn't cook out too fast.

The result is an ooey-gooey dip for pieces of stale bread and crusts. Raw vegetables also can be dipped in the cheese, although it's not traditional. In the 1950s, a New York chef developed a fondue method of cooking meat cubes in hot oil, which is quite popular.

But, probably, chocolate fondue is what has taken the world by storm. This dessert features a pot of melted good-quality chocolate surrounded by pound cake, marshmallows, fresh fruit and other dippable items.

Makes 4 servings Swiss Cheese Fondue.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound grated good-quality Emental or Gruyère Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons Kirsch, rum or brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Bread cubes, cooked meat cubes, vegetables for dippers

How to Make It

    1. Gently toss 1 pound grated Swiss cheese and 2 tablespoons flour until cheese is coated. Set aside.
    2. Cut the garlic clove in half and rub the inside of the fondue pot, pressing firmly to release juices. Add 2 cups dry white wine and bring to a simmer. Do not boil.
    3. Add the Swiss cheese to the wine in the fondue pot a handful at a time while stirring with a wooden spoon. When the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth, add the 2 tablespoons Kirsch, or rum or brandy along with the 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg. Stirring constantly, heat until it just begins to boil.
    4. Follow your fondue pot manufacturer's instructions on how to keep the melted cheese hot. Serve Swiss cheese fondue with bread cubes, cooked meat cubes, and raw vegetables.
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