Apr 12, 2011

{fondue vudu}

ummm, so first of all - yes. i took this picture.


okay. next time we make fondue i will take a picture & replace it. but for now, its an impostor.
but doesn't it look good?!!!

i would also like to say, thank you alton brown for this delicious recipe.
i was always super intimidated at the thought of making our own fondue. we've been buying the pre-made packs from trader joe's {which are ALSO awesome, by the way}

everything in this recipe can be found at trader joe's & really isn't that expensive for fondue!
i think a pot ended up being about $10?

you will need:
garlic, for prepping your fondue pan
1 12-ounce bottle of hard apple cider
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
a pinch of salt
5 ounce {or two cups} of gruyere cheese, grated
5 ounces {or two cups} of smoked gouda cheese {rind removed}, grated
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1/4 teaspoon of curry powder
a few grinds of black pepper

no. 1
rub the inside of your pot with garlic & pour in hard cider. add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice & salt. let set over medium heat until simmering.

no. 2
in the meantime, grate your cheese & toss with arrowroot {that part is important, as i learned last time. it helps thicken the sauce!}

no. 3
once cider is simmering, begin to add cheese a handful at a time. be patient & let it melt all the way through before you add another handful. this helps get the consistency just right, but it may take you 10 or so minutes…if mix starts bubbling too much, just turn down the heat. 

no. 4
stir in curry powder & pepper. if your cheese is looking too stringy, add your other tablespoon of lemon juice, too.

i'm sure everyone has their own ideas about what is good dipping for fondue, but we have liked:
meat, sausage, granny smith apples, grapes, crusty bread, grape tomatoes, broccoli, carrots etc...
& if you have any other ideas - let me know, too!


  1. Mmmm!! You're making me want to have another fondue night!!!


  2. we bought a fondue pot in the fall and have yet to try it out - thanks for the reminder!

  3. Sounds fabulous. I'm trying that this weekend. You have a darling blog, i love following it:)