Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fun Fondue!

Last week Jeffrey's friend Dave came over for dinner and I wanted to make something fun because he was our first dinner guest. I thought fondue would be fun, plus we got so many serving trays for our wedding (it is ridiculous how many we got) and I thought it would be a good way to use some of the trays. I found the fondue recipe from a cookbook my cousin Matt got us for our wedding called "Bride and Groom First and Forever Cookbook" by Mary Barber and Sara Whiteford. It a great cookbook because it has simple recipes that are delicious.

Brie and Champagne Fondue

For Fondue
12 oz imported Swiss Cheese grated (I didn't have a grater so I used a vegetable peeler)
1 1/4 lbs Brie, rind removed cut into 1/2 in pieces
2 Tb cornstarch
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 1/4 cups dry champagne
1 Tb fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
(optional) 1 triangle of the Laughing Cow Swiss cheese packet cut into small pieces

For Dipping (Anything you want, this is what I made): cut the items into bite size pieces
1 crusty french bread Baguette
1 grilled chicken breast- I seasoned it in Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and grilled it on my oh so fabulous grill pan (thanks E-beth!)
1 box of whole mushrooms drizzled with olive oil and seasonings then baked for about 10 minutes.
1 Honey Crisp apple cut into bite size pieces
Bow Tie pasta cooked and drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper and a little Parmesan

Making the Fondue
-Put Swiss, Brie, laughing cow cheese and cornstarch in a medium bowl, stir and set aside
-Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir while cooking until toasty.
-Add Champagne and lemon juice and bring to a simmer.
-Add one handful of cheese at a time whisking vigorously until cheese is completely melted before adding more.
-Whisk in the nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
-Bring to boil just before transferring to a fondue pot.

I had a cheap fondue pot from Target that my mom gave me for Valentines day one year. I thought it wouldn't work but it did, so you do not need to spend a lot of money on fondue pot.

This was sooo tasty and a very fun dish for company. I can't wait to make it again.

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