This winter is definitely off to a roaring start, with frigid temperatures and less than favourable weather. All this points to spending more time inside doing things to keep warm. What better way to keep warm than enjoying a night by the fire indulging in some delicious cheese fondue?
Fondue is French for melted; need we say more? Check out our tasty recipe for your very own cheese fondue night.
· 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
· olive oil
· sea salt
· freshly ground black pepper
· 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
· 50ml cider
· 400g Cheddar cheese
· 400g Gruyere cheese
· 150g blue cheese
· 2 tablespoons of crème fraiche (or sour cream if you’re feeling lazy!)
Start cooking this once your guests have arrived. That way it will be runny and gooey when everyone is ready to eat.
1) Heat a tablespoon and a half of olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Put a large saucepan with an inch or two of hot water on low heat. Put a large heatproof bowl over the saucepan so you have a bain-marie.
2) Add the chopped shallots to the frying pan and cook them gently for around 5-10 minutes with a pinch of salt and pepper and the herbs. Once they’ve softened, but not coloured, add them to the bowl of cider and all the cheese.
3) 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 fraiche then a swig or two of hot water to loosen the mixture a little.
Finally, have a quick taste test to check the seasoning, and get all of your dipping ingredients and skewers ready. Homemade croutons, breadsticks or roasted potatoes or anything you like to eat with cheese will work well!
This recipe serves 10, so when the cheese is runny and delicious looking it’s time to call your guests over and watch it disappear. Bon appétit!