Cheese: Classic Swiss Fondue

posted by Emma 10-15-100 10:53 AM

Classic Swiss Fondue

1/2 garlic clove
1 2/3 cups dry white wine
1 pound Gruyère, grated coarse
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup kirsch plus additional for thinning the fondue if necessary
freshly grated nutmeg to taste
2 loaves of crusty French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

Rub the inside of a heavy saucepan with the garlic, add the wine, and heat it over moderately low heat until the cheese is melted and the mixture hot. Add the Gruyère by the handfuls, stirring, until the cheese is melted and the mixture is blended well, and keep the mixture just below the simmering point.

In a small bowl stir together well the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of the kirsch, add the mixture to the Gruyère mixture with the nutmeg and pepper to taste, and heat the fondue, stirring constantly, until it just begins to bubble, but do not let it boil. Transfer the fondue to a heated fondue pot and keep it hot over a low flame. If the fondue becomes too thick, add some of the additional kirsch.

Spear the bread cubes with long-handled forks and dip them into the fondue.

Serves 4 to 6

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