RECIPE

Best Cheese Fondue

Get ready to sing the praises of hot cheese in a big pot that you dip bread into: cheese fondue! rachaelray.com site visitor Barbara says that she got this fabulous recipe from a friend when they were living in London many years ago.

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 1/2 cups Liebfraumilch white wine
  • 20 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 20 ounces Emmentaler cheese, grated
  • 2 jiggers Kirsch (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (stirred into the Kirsch)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 1 1/2 large loaves French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (leave a bit of crust on each piece)

Preparation

Rub the fondue pot or saucepan with garlic clove.

Add in the white wine and heat, but do not boil.

Add about 1/3 of the grated cheese and stir until smooth and creamy, continually adding the rest of the cheese while mixture is simmering. Continue stirring in a figure-eight motion until all is in and creamy.

Bring just to a boil and add the Kirsch and cornstarch mixture (to keep this mixture from lumping, stir a couple spoonfuls of the hot cheese mixture into the cornstarch mixture and then mix all together in the saucepan), stirring constantly.

Bring once more to a boil.

Quickly season with freshly ground pepper and nutmeg.

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