I admit it. I had a horrible case of the winter doldrums last week during the extreme temperature changes and the endless rain. I also had a challenging week at work and a host of other annoying things crop up like needing new rotors on my car and both of my kids busting holes in their school shoes.
By the time Friday rolled around, I didn’t want to even exert the energy to order pizza. Plus, with my new year’s fiscal resolution in place, I didn’t want to spend that money, either.
I knew I needed something to cheer us all up, kick off the weekend right and make our dine-in Friday night a pleasant way to end a rough week.
What’s more fun than fondue?
I got a fondue pot for Valentine’s Day a few years ago, but you don’t have to have any special equipment to make fondue a fun feast for the family.
You can do meat, cheese, or dessert varieties.
I opted for cheese, but you’re only limited by your imagination. It only took about 15 minutes and we all had a blast cooking and eating.
Basic Cheese Fondue
1/2 lb Swiss cheese, shredded
1/2 lb Gruyère cheese, shredded
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 cup dry white wine
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/2 tsp dry mustard
In a small bowl, coat the cheeses with cornstarch and set aside. Rub the inside of the ceramic fondue pot with the garlic, and then discard.
Over medium heat, add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a gentle simmer. Gradually stir the cheese into the simmering liquid. Melting the cheese gradually encourages a smooth fondue. Once smooth, stir in mustard and nutmeg.
Serve with chunks of French and pumpernickel breads. You could also use apples and blanched vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and asparagus. Spear with fondue forks or wooden skewers.
Nutritional Information: Calories: 343, Calories from Fat: 205,Total Fat: 23 g, Saturated Fat: 14 g, Cholesterol: 76 mg, Sodium: 202 mg,Total Carbohydrates: 6 g, Sugars: 1 g, Protein: 22 g