Easy cheese fondue

Serves 10-14

  • 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped

  • olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme or marjoram, leaves picked

  • 50ml cider

  • 400g Cheddar cheese

  • 400g Gruyere cheese

  • 150g blue cheese

  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche

Heat a lug of oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Put a large saucepan with an inch or two of hot water on a low heat. Put a large heatproof bowl over the saucepan so you have a bain-marie.



Add the chopped shallots to the frying pan and cook them gently for around 5 to 10 minutes with a pinch of salt and pepper and the herbs. Once they've softened, but not coloured, add them to the bowl with the cider and all of the cheese.



Leave the cheese to slowly melt down, only stirring now and then to help it along. Once it has mostly melted, stir in the crème fraîche then a swig or two of hot water to loosen the mixture a little. Have a taste to check the seasoning, and get all of your dipping ingredients and skewers at the ready. I like homemade croutons, some bread sticks and a few leftover roasted potatoes cut in half for mine, but really anything you like to eat with cheese will be good here. When it's runny and delicious get everyone around the bowl and watch it disappear!

Nutritional Information

Easy cheese fondue

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Start cooking this once your guests have arrived. That way, it will be runny and gooey and perfect when everyone is ready to eat.
Serves 10-14
15m
Super easy
Method

Heat a lug of oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Put a large saucepan with an inch or two of hot water on a low heat. Put a large heatproof bowl over the saucepan so you have a bain-marie.

Add the chopped shallots to the frying pan and cook them gently for around 5 to 10 minutes with a pinch of salt and pepper and the herbs. Once they've softened, but not coloured, add them to the bowl with the cider and all of the cheese.

Leave the cheese to slowly melt down, only stirring now and then to help it along. Once it has mostly melted, stir in the crème fraîche then a swig or two of hot water to loosen the mixture a little. Have a taste to check the seasoning, and get all of your dipping ingredients and skewers at the ready. I like homemade croutons, some bread sticks and a few leftover roasted potatoes cut in half for mine, but really anything you like to eat with cheese will be good here. When it's runny and delicious get everyone around the bowl and watch it disappear!

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 414 21%
  • Carbs 0.6g 0%
  • Sugar 0.4g 0%
  • Fat 34.5g 49%
  • Saturates 21.4g 107%
  • Protein 24.8g 55%
Of an adult's reference intake

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