Swiss Fondue With 4 Cheeses - an Authentic Recipe

Recipe by Dans La Lune
READY IN: 1hr 25mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Cut off all rinds from each cheese.
  • Cut all of the cheeses into cubes.
  • Place cubes in a medium pot (preferably ceramic like Le Creuset) and put on the stovetop just below medium heat.
  • Pour the white wine over the cheese in the pot.
  • Crush the 4 cloves of garlic into the pot.
  • Stir the pot, turning up the heat SLIGHTLY if necessary to melt. Remember that the cheese takes a while to melt, and if you turn up the heat too high in a fit of impatience then you will scorch the bottom of the cheese and have black chunks floating around in it -- so be patient and keep stirring and folding so it does not burn the bottom!
  • Fold the cheese as it progressively melts so that the cubes on top can contact the heated bottom.
  • Once the cheese has fully melted, assess the consistency to determine whether to raise the heat. If the cheese has fully melted, but is VERY thick and hard to stir, turn up the heat a bit (constantly stirring and folding) to melt it further. It should be creamy but not stiff.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the Kirschwasser and the cornstarch together until smooth.
  • When the cheese has reached the fully melted ideal, and it is easy to stir, add the Kirschwasser and cornstarch mixture and mix it in well. The cornstarch thickens the cheese and helps it all to coagulate so you don't have the cheese oils sitting in pools on top of the cheese.
  • Stir in the nutmeg.
  • The fondue should be well blended, creamy, and thick but not stiff. Test by dipping a cube of bread -- If the cheese does not stick or soak into the bread then you may need to turn the heat up, being careful not to burn the bottom.
  • On the otherhand, if it is too thin, be careful not to add too much cornstarch or else you will get stuck with a stiff fondue that is hard to dip into. Try lowering the heat or adding slightly more cornstarch (mixed with Kirschwasser or water first).
  • When the ideal consistency is reached, place the pot over the flame on the tabletop and serve.
  • Bon appetit!
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