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5 from 2 votes
Classic Cheese Fondue

A super easy dish that makes a fun meal or appetizer!

Course: Appetizer, dinner, hors d'oeuvre, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American, Swiss
Keyword: bread, cheese, dip, party, wine
Servings: 3 cups
Author: HelenFern
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine (I used Chardonnay)
  • 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons brandy or cognac
  • 2 cups gouda cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup extra sharp cheddar, shredded
  • sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • sweet or smoked paprika to garnish
  1. Start by gently sautéing the garlic in the butter.

  2. As it begins to lightly brown, stir in the cream cheese (not in the classic) until it's somewhat melted.

  3. Dissolve the cornstarch in the wine and stir it until it is mixed in.

  4. Pour the wine, lemon juice and brandy into the pot and stir, cooking until it starts to thicken.

  5. Stir in the cheese and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, stirring often. The alcohol should be completely cooked out (you will still taste the wine) and the cheese completely melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Transfer to the fondue pot, garnish with smoked or sweet paprika, and serve with apples, vegetables, bits of meat and, of course, bread! 

Recipe Notes

The higher quality the ingredients are, the better the flavor of the completed dish.

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