As part of the Valentine’s Day special last Friday, Michael Symon made what looked to be a very delicious cheese fondue. Since Jeff’s Valentine’s Day gift was a 1 1/2 hour massage at Massage Envy late Sunday afternoon, I thought that would be a perfect dish to try for a nice dinner afterwards. How did it turn out and should you try this recipe at home? Read on……!
1 cup Dry White Wine
1 Shallot (minced)
1 pound Gruyère Cheese (shredded)
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 cup each of broccoli and cauliflower or any other veggies like bell peppers and carrot
- 1 cup each of your favorite cold meats such as Salami (or add some sautéed kielbasa)
- 1-2 cups apple slices
- 2-3 cups of your favorite crusty breads, such as sourdough and rye
(Note: When using broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots in my fondue, I prefer to blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes, then rinse with cold water, dry, and keep in the refrigerator until chilled and crisp. This is entirely optional)
In a medium sauce pot, combine the White Wine and Shallots. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce for 2-3 minutes.
In the meantime, mix together the Shredded Cheese and Cornstarch. When the Wine has reduced by at least 1/3, whisk in the Cheese/Cornstarch mixture. Stir constantly until all of the Cheese has melted then season really well with Salt and the Dijon mustard. (Mix the mustard into the fondue at the end so it doesn’t break down)
Serve with your favorite dippers (crusty bread, apples, blanched vegetables, etc.). I served this in a mini crock pot dish at the table.
Keep warm to serve. (Tip: If you notice your cheese sauce curdling (separating into lumps) add a little lemon juice)
Bottom Line: This was YUMMY! If you like Gruyère Cheese, you will love this recipe! You could also do the same recipe with the same parts of Cheddar and Beef for a different twist. It made way too much for two people but my daughter, Ashleigh, is coming by after work to pick up the leftovers for a quick bite tonight! Make this recipe….you will NOT be disappointed!