So of course, I have another recipe for you all, because that is just my thing. I acquired some amazing cheese from Trader Joe’s for Valentines day…
And I decided I wanted to make a cheese fondue. Turns out almost every recipe calls for like 1-2 cups of white wine. BUT I found a recipe that used a basic white sauce as the base and it turned out wonderfully.
We dipped a baguette and green apples, but you can dip about anything in it! Broccoli sounds like a great idea to me right now. Ooo, and sausage! …Anyways, before I get carried away, here’s the recipe:
Non Alcoholic Cheese Fondue
1 pound Swiss or Gruyere* cheese
2 cloves of Garlic
3 T. All-Purpose Flour
2 T. Butter
1 1/2 cups Milk
½ T. Lemon Juice
1/8 tsp. ground Nutmeg
Salt and Pepper to taste
*You can mix Swiss and Gruyere. Some people prefer Cheddar. The cheddar Gruyere combo was GREAT.
Peel garlic and slice the cloves in half the long way so the most inner surface is showing. Rub a heavy saucepan with two halves of the garlic for flavoring. Rub the fondue pot with the other two garlic halves.
Grate the cheese and mix with 1 T. of the flour.
Melt the butter in saucepan over medium-low heat. Add rest of flour. Stir well till smooth. Add about ½ cup of milk and stir till smooth. Slowly add the rest of the milk, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens to about the consistency of light cream. TURN OFF THE HEAT. Add a handful of cheese and keep stirring. Let the cheese melt and then add another handful and stir until it melts. Repeat the process until all the cheese is melted.
Once all the cheese has been added and the mixture is smooth, you can stir in the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Finally, add the lemon juice. Stir well till the mixture is smooth once again.
Light the sterno and add cheese mixture to the fondue pot. Eat immediately! Spear bread and dunk in fondue and enjoy. Scrape the bottom of the pot with whatever you’re dipping from time to time to keep it from burning. (I actually don’t have a fondue pot, I just kept it in the saucepan on the lowest heat setting, until we were done eating)
Hope you all had a great V-day! We send you our love from Seattle!