quintessential christmas recipe — fondue for four

Cheese is my favorite food, period. Goat cheese, cheddar cheese, brie cheese, burrata cheese, I don’t discriminate.

A boiling pot of cheese mixed with champagne, garlic, lemon juice, some more booze, and pepper? My heaven. What’s more is you can dip anything — healthy or not — into the cheese and it’s instantly more delicious. Fondue makes for a social meal, and you may even get some action — our household rule is that if you lose what you’re dipping in the pot, you owe the person to your left a smooch. This recipe is super easy to multiply, so it makes for a great group dinner paired with a big green salad.

With the holiday season upon us, we had my dear cousin, Anna, and her husband, Robert, over for one of my all-time favorite winter meals. I highly recommend enjoying some fondue at The Ram or the Roundhouse in Sun Valley this winter season…or, making your own!

Here’s a look at my mom’s incredible recipe, with some minor tweaks.

servings

 

4

prep:cook time

 

30 minutes

ingredients

 

  • 20 oz. gruyere cheese, grated (any kind goes…unfortunately, the more expensive, the more delicious. it takes about three packages to get the job done for four people)
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice from one large lemon
  • 2/3 cup champagne or white wine
  • 3 T kirsch (cherry liqueur…there’s no reason you’d ever have this in your cupboard except for this recipe)
  • pepper to taste

instructions

 

  1.  Mix the grated cheese with the cornstarch in a bowl.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and stir often. Heat all ingredients until the fondue begins to thicken, stirring often.
  3. Add pepper and more of any ingredient to taste.
  4. Serve hot — ideally in a fondue pot — and enjoy with cubed baguette, green apples, veggies and sausage.
fondue

I couldn’t decide on the gruyere cheese, so I got a few different kinds

delicious prosecco that's also fun to drink and (not so delicious) kirsch, cherry liqueur

delicious prosecco that’s also fun to drink and (not so delicious) kirsch, cherry liqueur

grated cheese mixed with corn starch

grated cheese mixed with corn starch

a nice assortment of dipping options, including gluten free bread

a nice assortment of dipping options, including gluten free bread

chicken apple sausage, or a spicier sausage like this jabañero sausage, is really delicious to dip in fondue — I recommend browning it well before serving

chicken apple sausage, or a spicier sausage like this jabañero sausage, is really delicious to dip in fondue — I recommend browning it well before serving

once the bottle is open...you may as well finish it! with some pomegranate arils for an extra pop of color and flavor

once the bottle is open…you may as well finish it! with some pomegranate arils for an extra pop of color and flavor

fondue ready for dinner

fondue ready for dinner

sterno ready to do its job

sterno ready to do its job

all the trappings for a delicious meal!

all the trappings for a delicious meal!

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the perfect bite

the perfect bite

delicious plate

delicious plate

anna digging for the best part — you can't let any go to waste, it's too good!

anna digging for the best part — you can’t let any go to waste, it’s too good!

looks weird, but this is the best part — the toasted cheese that sticks to the bottom of the pot

looks weird, but this is the best part — the toasted cheese that sticks to the bottom of the pot

cheers krista

 

brass blossom

 

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