- - About 800g cheese
- - 4 dl dry, acidic, tangy white wine (per 200g white cheese 1 dl)
- - 2-3 teaspoons coated Maizena (cornstarch)
- - 1 small glass of kirsch (cherry schnaps) (or water)
- - 1 clove of garlic
- - 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- - About 500
Basic recipe for 4 people
It is calculated per person between 150g and 250g cheese (2-thirds mature Gruyere, Emmentaler third mature and fribourger vacherin), according to the eater and above all, depending on how well the fondue is. The amount of information per person on fondue mixes and pre-packaged fondue are unfortunately often too tight.
The cheese and wine should have roomtemparatur. Cut the garlic into half, then countersink the Caquelon (cheese pan) and leave it in the pan (its great fun to fish them out in the end). Then grate the cheese, put it together in the Caquelon with the wine, cooking slowly on low heat about 15-20 minutes on the stove by constant stirring to melt it. When the cheese is completely melted, mix the Maizena and the lemon juice with kirsch in the glass and give it to the cheese. Cooking further by constant stirring about 2 minutes on high flame untill its viscid. Season it with pepper and nutmeg. Now you can serve it.
The Caquelon on the table is most suitable controlled at a spirit stove (which you emblazed before), where it should permanently simmering (do not cook or boil). Serve bread cubes cuts and the pickles. For the Drinks, serve white wine or black tea. When dipping the bread cubes into the fondue stirr it well. Through this stirring the fondue remains bound and viscid until the end, it also prevents the burning on the ground of the Caquelon. After the fondue, drink a little glass of the schnaps for a better digestion.
Here in switzerland, we have a traditional „game" during the fondue: if a man loses his bread during stirring it in the cheese, he has to spend a bottle of wine. If a woman loses the bread in the cheese, she has to give a kiss to someone at the table. There are many versions of the „game", for example: In winter, in the mountains, you have to jump half naked into the snow or something.
Enjoy your meal.
PS: You can mix the cheese fondue with tomatoes, mushrooms and nuts or maybe broccoli. Instead of bread you can take pieces of potatoes.