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Brie Fondue with Fresh Thyme and Chardonnay

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Serves 8

The fresh herbs and wine in this fondue add a decadency that masks how simple it is to prepare. Play up this entertaining classic by stirring in luxurious ingredients like fresh lobster, crabmeat, sautéed mushrooms, or spinach. Crisp tart apple slices are good for dipping; you can also use carrot sticks, roasted potato wedges, or bread cubes.

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, finely diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup Chardonnay
  • 1 lb. brie, rind removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 medium Fuji apples (or Macoun), cored and cut into 1-inch slices (about 4 cups)

Melt the butter in a medium (3-quart) saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the Chardonnay and 1/4 cup water, and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, toss the brie with the cornstarch to coat and then whisk into the wine until the cheese completely melts, about 2 minutes. Stir in the thyme and 1/2 tsp. black pepper. Taste and add more pepper or salt if needed. Transfer to a fondue pot, set out long skewers, and let guests serve themselves by dipping the apple slices into the fondue.

Photo: Maren Caruso



This turned out really well. I think it's difficult to keep fondue really smooth. But the crowd loved it and I have had multiple requests for the recipe.

We took this to a New Year's party and it was DELICIOUS. Will definitely make again!

Not sure if it was the recipe, or user error. But mind did not look like the picture. The end result was kind of grainy. I would have had a smoother texture by just warming up the cheese over the crostini.

This was excellent. Quite the crowd pleaser.

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