Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fondu Night!

Our potluck get together with friends went really well last night. As luck would have it, we also have a fun night of fondue planned with a few couples for a pre-Valentine's Day celebration this evening. Luckily, fondue can be done gluten free.

Traditional Cheese Fondue

½ lb grated Gruyere cheese (rind removed)
1/2 lb grated Emmentaler cheese (rind removed)
1 clove garlic
1 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon kirsch
pepper and nutmeg to taste


1. Grate the gruyere and Emmentaler cheeses. In a medium bowl, mix the Gruyere and Emmentaler cheese with the cornstarch and toss.

2. Rub the inside of a medium saucepan with the peeled garlic clove. Throw away the garlic. Pour the wine and lemon juice into the garlic rubbed pan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

2. Stir the cheese mixture into the wine one small handful at a time. Make sure each handful is completely melted before adding another.

3. Season with the nutmeg and pepper. Stir in kirsch (be careful to only use amount given, does not taste very good if you toss in extra - I learned this the hard way once).

4. Using a plastic spatula, pour into a to a cheese fondue pot. To keep warm, place a few tea lights or a fondue burner underneath the fondue pot stand.

Things to Dip into the Cheese Fondue:

--apples cut into cubes
--pears cut into cubes
--GF Crusty bread cut into cubes
--cooked chicken cubes (I quick cooked mine in a skillet with just salt and pepper)
--Potato cubes - roasted ( I use fingerling potatoes roasted with olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary)
--Steamed broccoli, cauliflower, peppers
--Cooked pieces of ham and sausage

Provide each person with a fondue fork and a small plate. I also served a nice green salad with the meal so the participants were provided a regular fork as well. The wine that we used to make the fondue went really well with meal.

Chocolate Fondue

12 0z Baker's Chocolate - semi-sweet
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tbsp. Brandy

Chop up the chocolate into tiny pieces. Over a medium heat carefully heat up the cream until it is simmering then lower the heat and add the chocolate. Stir until all chocolate is melted. Take off heat. Add Brandy and stir until smooth - no lumps of chocolate.

Using a silicone spatula pour into a fondue pot, keep warm with a few tea light candles, in my experience, the fuels are too hot so using a couple tea lights is better and does not burn the chocolate.

Things to dip into chocolate fondue:

--GF Pound Cake - we loved this recipe by Gluten Free Easily. It was easy to do and tasted just like a gluten one would in our opinion. Our non-gluten free friends did not even notice a difference!
--Banana slices
--Orange segments
--GF Muffins
--GF Cookies
--GF Marshmallows
--GF Cheesecake

While fondue night is fun and easy to do, it can be a mess to clean up. Do yourself a huge favor and remove the cheese from the pan and wash it immediately after the meal. Don't wait until the next morning to do this or you will have a mess to contend with.

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