Rheinlander Restaurant Cheese Fondue

"The Rheinlander is a wonderful German restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Their fondue brings customers back again and again."
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  • Grate the cheese.
  • Bring water in the bottom of a double boiler to a boil.
  • In the top pan of the double boiler bring the 2 cups water, wine, butter, and seasonings to a boil, then add the cheese and set pan on the top of the double boiler over the boiling water.
  • Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon until the cheese melts into a smooth, heavy sauce (if the fondue seems too thick, add additional wine; if it is too thin add additional grated cheese).
  • Cut the bread into 2-inch squares and brown them lightly in the oven.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Steve R.
    This isn't the Rheinlander cheese fondue recipe. Fondue doesn't have water in it. I think the water in this botched recipe is for the bottom of the double boiler. I have Horst Mager's recipe book. The real ingredients are: 1 pound processed Swiss Cheese 2 cups very dry white wine, chardonnay or chablis 2 cloves mashed garlic (I prefer 3-4) 1/4 tsp white pepper 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper pinch nutmeg
  2. Sonja Rae
    This is a wonderful fondue but the recipe is different than the one I got from the kitchen of the Rhinelander almost forty years ago and it explains why it is runny. My recipe from this restaurant is the same EXCEPT it called for 1 cup of liquid for the 5 cups of the cheese. That's a big difference. Use 1/2 cup Sauterne and 1/2 cup water. From that point add extra cheese or wine/water if needed to gain proper consistancy. 5 stars when made this way. Yum!! I just doubled it and made it for a large party last night.
  3. Reading2kids
    Fabulous! My mom used to make this for us on Christmas Eve. It's just like I remembered. For those having trouble with the recipe-- did you use swiss american?? You can find it at Costco. I don't think regular swiss cheese will work-- you need the processed stuff to get the creamy texture.
  4. mumhome
    Way too runny! It had a hard time sticking to anything. The taste was good but overall a disappointment.
  5. malerie.paynter
    I have been using this recipe for years (minus the MSG), and it's exactly like the fondue at the Rheinlander. Love it! I can usually find the processed swiss cheese, but it tends to be in individually wrapped slices.


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