Archive for Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Cheese fondue great way to warm up

December 27, 2006


In honor of the fondue pot's apparent comeback (take a glance at just about any holiday catalog or sales flier, and you're bound to see one), give that little-used kitchen gadget another go.

Eaten plain, Gruyere isn't the most flavorful option. But it melts wonderfully and, when mixed with a bit of white wine, a dash of smoked paprika and some diced hot peppers, makes a wonderful dipping sauce.

Peppery fondue

1 cup dry white wine

1 pound Gruyere cheese, cubed

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons diced hot red or green peppers (such as pickled jalapeños or Peppadews)

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 loaf rustic bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 pound ham steak, cooked according to package directions and cut into 1-inch cubes

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the wine to a simmer. Add the cheese and cook, stirring often, until melted.

Meanwhile, combine the cornstarch and milk in a small glass and mix well. When the cheese has melted and is smooth, stir in the cornstarch and milk. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Stir in the diced hot peppers and paprika. Transfer the cheese sauce to a heated fondue pot. Arrange the bread and ham on plates or a platter and serve immediately. Start to finish: 25 minutes.


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