Monday, February 16, 2009

Cheese Fondue (simple cheddar)

Again, my kitchen lighting stinks. No real photos to give, but that is the type of fondue pot I own. This cheddar cheese fondue is one of the cheaper versions to make and really easy. It takes about 5 minutes to make and doesn't take fancy cheese. This is also from the Melting Pot cookbook, with some changes.

Cheddar Fondue
Serves 4
You will need:

  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese (plus more if needed)
  • 3 T all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup hard cider (Strongbow brand recommended)
  • 2 tsp finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 T craisens (optional)
  • 2 tsp crushed walnuts (optional)

Recommended dippers :

  • 1 loaf French or sourdough bread, cut into bite-size pieces
  • broccoli florets
  • cauliflower
  • carrots
  • apples
  • mushrooms
  • yellow squash
  • zucchini
  • cucumber
  • green onions

Toss the cheese with the flour in a bowl. Set aside. Heat fondue pot over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and pour in the hard cider. Stir in the shallots, mustard and craisens (if using). Stir with a fork or whisk, constantly for 30 seconds.

Add in half of the cheese and cook until the cheese is melted, stirring constantly. Add the remaining cheese a small amount at a time, stirring constantly. After all the cheese is melted add in the pepper. Keep fondue warm over low heat and garnish with nuts if desired.

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