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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Enjoy Fondue Night

In the winter time we often gather together with friends to play games or cards. We normally bring along or make up easy finger foods. This way we can chat, play the game and have a great time. One of the many things we love to make is fondue.

Traditional Cheese Fondue 
½ Pound freshly grated Swiss Cheese
½ Pound freshly grated Le Gruyere Cheese (Do not use processed Gruyere.  The year we tried the processed is the same year we tried the chocolate fountain.  It will forever be known as the year of the fondue failure and subsequently the year without a Santa Claus)
1.5 Cups Dry White Wine
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
1.5 Teaspoons Cornstarch
1 Garlic clove halved
½ Teaspoon Nutmeg
Salt and White Pepper to taste
3 Tablespoons Kirsch Cherry Liquor
Dippers a few ideas include bread, apple slices or other favorites

Rub garlic on inside of large pot with two forks. Remove garlic solids.  Add white wine and lemon juice and heat over medium heat.  Heat till air bubbles rise but to not boil.  Whisk in cornstarch so there are no lumps.  Reduce heat to low.  Add a handful of cheese. When cheese is melted add another handful.  Do not boil.  Add in nutmeg, salt and pepper and Kirsch.  The Kirsch adds great flavor.  At this point, we add the cheese mixture to a crockpot on high, so it doesn’t burn.  Use fondue sticks to dip. 

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