Do you have a fondue set languishing in a corner of your basement or garage? I'm willing to bet you do. While the idea of dunking food into a bubbling mini-cauldron of cheese sounds a little retro, the basic premise still has its merits. I mean, it's bread (and, okay, fruits and vegetables) dunked into hot cheese — what's not to like about that?
Here's an easy, modern way to serve fondue at your next party.
This fondue is made in a heavy-bottomed pot on the stovetop. First you rub a garlic clove all over the bottom and sides — a smart tip from the author — which helps impart garlic flavor but doesn't overpower the fondue. Next you heat a mixture of cornstarch and white wine in the garlic-rubbed pot until it resembles a smooth gravy. Then you'll slowly stir in some shredded Swiss cheese, stirring over low heat until the sauce is the perfect consistency for dipping.
Pour the cheese sauce into a nice bowl and set it on the table with a platter of dippers — chunks of bread; sliced apples; and blanched or roasted veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, or potatoes are all great here.
Just be sure to dive in immediately. Unlike a fondue pot, which sits over a small flame, this sauce will cool and seize up a bit if not eaten quickly.
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