Yield: Yields about 5 cups.
If fondue seems like a project, you might be surprised at just how easily it comes together. In fact, it’s a perfect dish for casual entertaining, even on a busy weeknight. Just grab a fondue pot, set out a few dippers (see Serving Suggestions, below), and invite friends over to dig (or rather, dip) in.
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What to dunk: You can make cheese fondue a more balanced meal by serving some or all of the following as dipping options: Sourdough or ciabatta bread cubes, pear and apple slices, steamed carrots and cauliflower, boiled baby or fingerling potatoes, cornichons or baby pickles, grilled or broiled sliced sausage.
Amontillado, a medium-dry sherry, provides a nice contrast to the bitter beer and the sharp cheddar.
My whole family loves this recipe, and guests who ate it a few nights ago have requested a copy; that's why I'm back looking at it online. This cheese fondue is different from most I have encountered. All the others used wine and tasted, well, cheesy; this one is still cheesy, of course, but it has a greater depth of flavor that I think comes from caramelizing the onions and garlic, and using mustard, caraway seeds (which I hadn't anticipated liking), beer, and sherry. The dunking items we've liked best have been: bread, seedless grapes, ham cubes, apple chunks, and Genoa salami.
Very easy to make. I added some marsala wine in addition to the sherry to give it a bit more kick and some sweetness to balance out the sharpness of the cheese. I would make this again.
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