It’s a wisemommies’s tradition to do fondue for New Year’s Eve. Stemming from a European tradition, where many have Raclette or Fondue for New Year’s Eve, we thought to also fondue into the new year, every year. Click here for that post!
How to make cheese fondue? The following recipe is also what the restaurants Simply Fondue and Melting Pot serve.This post contains affiliate links.
First you need a Fondue Pot, Fondue Sticks and Plates:
My favorite fondue cooking pot is Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker. This pot is really great, easy to cook, easy to clean, and works perfectly for my cheese and meat fondue.My Cuisinart fondue pot was a wedding gift and it has been well-used and cherished.
The cord that came with our fondue pot is not long enough for us to set it in the middle of our table and still allow everyone to reach the pot so we added an extension cord.
We use Trudeau Stainless Steel Forks for all our cheese and meat fondue. I have three sets so that all family members and guests are sure to have two of their own color coded forks.
The color coding is important so you don’t forget which fork is yours cooking in the pot.
Once we saw how much fun our kids had with fondue, is when we also invested in fondue plates.
Wisemommies Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue:
50/50 Swiss Cheese Blend
50% Grùyere and 50% Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses
White wine (we use 4 oz of Chablis white wine)
Pepper (4-7 dashes)
Nutmeg (1-2 dashes)
Kirschwasser Brandy (1/2 ounce)
To make your cheese fondue:
In a large fondue pot, pour in your white wine, add a spoon of chopped garlic (we like garlic so we add at least 1 full tablespoon, add ½ squeeze of your lemon half then add your cheese.
You want to slowly add the cheese, equal amounts of your Grùyere and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, letting the cheese melt while stirring. We don’t have a specific amount of cheese that we buy, but it is A LOT! You can see via our youtube hands-on fondue videos, that we pretty much just add cheese until the pot is full, nearly overflowing.
You want to continue adding your cheese as the melted cheese appears to have the consistency of warm honey. While doing this, add some ground pepper and a dash of nutmeg.
As you pull the cheese away from the edge of the pot, add ½ ounce of Krischwasser Brandy around the edges. This allows the alcohol to boil out while leaving a hint of cherry flavor to the cheese. Continue stirring the cheese to give it one last smooth consistency.
What we serve our cheese with
Different assortments of bread such as French, Bavarian Rye and Pumpernickel
One year we even added cooked potatoes cut into cubes, and raw broccoli
Step by Step hands-on How to do Fondue videos