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1,000 FOODS TO EAT PROJECT
I am working my way through the foods that are listed in the book 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton. This is called my 1,000 Foods to Eat Project. Fondue, along with Raclette, is food #49 in my project!
In this book, the author Mimi Sheraton lists her choice for the 1,000 Foods of the World that you MUST try. I can unequivocally state that Fondue, along with Raclette is definitely one of the most enjoyable foods and experiences that I have tried so far!
What Is Fondue?
Fondue originated in Switzerland. It is generally a dish of melted cheeses served in a communal pot that is kept warm. Cubes of bread are skewered onto fondue forks, and then dipped into the cheese before enjoying. The traditional communal pot is called a caquelon and it is a flameproof earthenware pot.
The cheeses used are typically Swiss cheeses, such as Gruyère and Emmental.
Many regional variations exist, but most fondues will include Gruyère and traditionally white wine and/or Kirsch brandy is added along with nutmeg.
Types of Fondue
Perhaps you have tried another type of fondue! Some other fondues include:
- Chocolate fondue (Fondue au chocolat)
- Broth (similar to a hot pot Fondue chinoise)
- Hot oil (Fondue bourguignonne)
- Wine (Fondue vigneronne)
I would love to try them all! However, here we will stick with the classic cheese fondue!
My Experience With An Electric Fondue Pot
I do not own a caquelon, which is the classic fondue pot. So for our cheese fondue meal, I brought out my Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker, which I absolutely adore.
This fondue maker is PERFECT for cheese fondue! In fact, it's also great for broth, chocolate, and oil fondues as well. It comes with 8 fondue forks and a fork rack. It has 8 adjustable temperature settings and is a lovely stainless steel with a nonstick interior.
You can get more information or purchase this Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker here on Amazon if you are interested. The cord is a bit short, but other than that I LOVE it!
Let's Make An Easy Cheese Fondue
The other items I used for the cheese fondue included:
- White wine
- Kirschwasser flavored brandy (optional)
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
Foods To Enjoy With This Fondue!
Cubes of bread are traditionally dipped into the cheese fondue. But why stop there? Other foods to consider for your cheese fondue include:
- Vegetables including broccoli, mushrooms, jalapeños and baby carrots (lightly steamed or raw)
- Pieces of cooked meat (ham, sausages, etc. We cooked some thin ribeyes and dipped small pieces into the cheese)
- Fruits such as slices of pear and apple!
Basically anything that goes with cheese is fair game!
How To Make The Cheese Fondue
Making the cheese fondue with the Emmi FONDÜ couldn't be simpler! Start by melting the cheese in your fondue pot of choice, then add ¾ cup white wine, ¼ cup Kirschwasser, and a pinch of nutmeg. Cayenne gives the fondue a bit of a kick! So if you like cayenne, add to taste. Now stir it all together until melted completely and keep it warm!
Enjoy Your Cheese Fondue!
It's time to enjoy not only an amazing dish, but an amazing experience! Stab, dip, and EAT!
Are you ready to enjoy some amazingly delicious cheese fondue? I do hope so! Be warned...this is incredibly addictive and a super fun experience!
Some Other Recipes You May Enjoy!
Enjoy an Easy Raclette Dinner! (Yes MORE CHEESE!)
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Easy Cheese Fondue!
- Electric fondue pot
- 12 oz Emmi FONDÜ blend of Gruyère and Emmental (1 packet)
- ¾ cup white wine
- ½ ts nutmeg
- ¼ cup Kirschwasser flavored Brandy (optional but very nice!)
- cayenne optional but gives a nice kick to those who like that sort of thing! add to your taste
- 2 ribeye steaks
- 1 apple sliced
- 1 pear sliced
- 1 cup broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup baby carrots
- 1 cup mushrooms quartered
- 1 jalapeno sliced
Prepare Your Dippers!
- Cut bread into cubes. Cut veggies into bite sized pieces and lightly steam if you like. If including ribeye steaks as we did, then cook your ribeye steak according to your preference. Slice an apple and a pear.
Prepare the Cheese Fondue!
- Empty the cheese into your electric fondue pot.
- Start the melting process, then add white wine, nutmeg, and Kirschwasser and cayenne (if using). Stir until completely melted and incorporated.
- Stab your dipper with your fondue fork, dip into cheese, and eat to your heart's content! Enjoy the delicious food AND experience!