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Friday, March 20, 2009

Fondue Made Easy!

Fondue is basically wine and cheese melted together to dip bread and vegetables in.
Fondue is actually a real easy recipe to make. If your cooking for a date night and need something to impress this is the one to make! It is also great for an Hourdouve for a party!

Guys, this is sooo easy even if you don't know how to cook! If you can cook bacon you can make this easy Fondue dish.

You will need a Fondue Pot. They are very inexpensive and can be found at any kitchen store, department store or you can borrow one. A Fondue pot is basically a dish over a candle or heat source to keep the cheese warm. They come with long forks to enable you to dip into the pot with out burning yourself. If you have a warming plate that will work too!

Ingredients:

  • Pancetta or Bacon, chopped, about 1/2 pound
  • 2 Cups of white wine - a nice wine you would drink of course
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Fontina Cheese - Shredded
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Gruyere Cheese - Shredded
  • 3 teaspoons Cup Corn Starch
  • 1 Tablespoon dried chives - or fresh
  • Wire Whisk
  • Bread (Baguette, French, Fococcia) cut into 1 - 1 1/2 " squares

You will need some or all of the following (be creative):

  • Broccoli Florets - Blanched for 2 minutes
  • Apple Wedges - Tossed with Lemon juice to prevent browning
  • Cooked Chicken Chunks
  • Cooked Ham Chunks
  • Sausage or Salami
  • Asparagus Spears - cleaned w/ends removed
  • Cauliflower - Blanched for 2 minutes

Blanching: Bring water to a boil, add vegetables in for just about two minutes, remove and put in an cold water ice bath to stop the cooking. This just takes the rawness out but leaves it tasting fresh and still has a crunch.

Prepare all your dipping ingredients first and put on your serving tray. The trick to these items are that you cut them into large enough squares so that they do not break apart when you dip them into the Fondue.

In a sauce pan brown the Pancetta or Bacon until nice and browned. Do not overcrowd the pan you don't want to saute the Bacon you want to brown it. You may have to do it in two batches.

Remove Pancetta or Bacon from saucepan. Leave drippings in pan.

Add 2 Cups of your white wine to pan and bring to a boil. Stir to remove all the yummy bits from the bottom.

Add your Fontina, Gruyere cheese and cornstarch into a bowl and mix together. The cornstarch removes any moisture that would ruin your cheese sauce.

When the wine begins to boil lower heat to medium low and add the cheese one handful at a time while whisking. You will see it become a creamy silky sauce.

Add 1/2 of the Pancetta or Bacon and stir.

Pour into Fondue Pot.

Top with the remainder of the Pancetta or Bacon and the chives! Serve.

If your Fondue is too thick you can thin by adding more wine - Do Not Add Water!

If it's too thin add more cheese and cornstarch.

Enjoy!

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