Fondue!

My mom and I decided to make fondue for dinner one night while I was visiting for Thanksgiving. I hadn’t made it in years so I sounded like fun. It’s so easy and a fun for a casual dinner or cocktail party.

Fondue

Ingredients:

3 cups shredded Swiss cheese (12 oz)

3 cups shredded Gruyère cheese (12 oz)

4 tsp cornstarch

1 clove garlic, minced

1 3/4 cups dry white wine

1 TBSP Kirsch or Sherry

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

1/8 tsp nutmeg

Dippers:

Crusty baguette, cubed or torn

Sliced apples

Blanched broccoli and/or cauliflower

Grape tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Shred cheeses. Place in a large bowl and mix with cornstarch to coat.
  2. In a large saucepan heat wine until just simmering. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Begin adding cheese slowly, allowing to melt before adding more. Stir until mixture is completely melted and bubbly.
  4. Add Kirsch or Sherry if using, pepper and nutmeg.
  5. Transfer to fondue pot with low heat. Serve with dippers.

 

Quick Tip: Storing Bulk Hard Cheeses


I’m a big fan of bulk shopping at Costco. Even though we are only a family of four we go through a lot of groceries. We eat almost exclusively home-cooked food –three meals a day, every day. That adds up to a lot of cooking and groceries in a month!

One of the things I buy in bulk is hard cheeses. I usually buy Romano because it’s less expensive than Parmesan.  This wedge was about $9, compared to $15 for a similar sized wedge of Parmesan. I use it to top spaghetti, in lasagna and on home-made pizzas.

The large package may seem like a lot of cheese, and it is, but it will keep for a one to two months if stored properly.  This is how I do it:

I cut the large wedge into 5 smaller wedges. These are the size you would find in a regular grocery store.

Then wrap each wedge in tightly in plastic wrap.

Then place inside a zipper bag (with the date written on it)

I left the small piece out to use in making two lasagnas that night. Why make one lasagna when you can make two, right? One went into the freezer to be used next month.
Do you buy cheese in bulk? How do you store it? Let me know in the comments!