I was born and raised in Kansas and learned to cook alongside my mother. Now, along with my wonderful husband, I have taken the plunge into the city life in New York. These are my food adventures: in my own tiny kitchen, and in the many restaurants of the city.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Gruyere Ale Fondue, White Chocolate Raspberry Fondue

Fondue is one of my favorite meals to share with my husband. It's easy and fairly quick, but always feels fancy and special. Plus I feel healthy eating all of those fruits and vegetables (let's ignore all of the cheese, cream, bread and chocolate.....).

In the past all of the fondues I have made have been variations on cheddar fondue and basic chocolate fondue. But this time around I really wanted to get in and try out some new things. I used to think I did not like Gruyere cheese, but have been proved wrong and knew it was time to try a fondue with the cheese that belongs in it. But, I feel that any cheese dish is improved with the addition of beer, so I used it instead of wine that traditionally goes into the dish. It does make it easier for the cheese to seize up (the wine helps prevent this), but if you are careful with the heat and the stirring, you should be ok.
The white chocolate fondue is very sweet, but is a great change from the traditional chocolate. I'm a big fan of this with bananas and strawberries particularly.

Gruyere Ale Fondue
2 TB butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 1/3 c. beer
2 c. Gruyere cheese, grated
1 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 TB flour
chopped vegetables, bread, etc. for dipping

Toss the grated gruyere and parmesan with the flour and set aside. Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute, being careful not to burn. Add the beer and the worcestershire sauce and turn up the heat to medium high and cook until it just begins to boil. Turn the heat back down to medium/medium-low. Add the cheese and stir slowly until the cheese melts. Try not to over stir as this will cause the cheese to seize up. Serve in a fondue pot as soon as the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth.

White Chocolate Raspberry Fondue
1/2 c. heavy cream
12 oz. white chocolate, chopped coarsely
1/8 c. raspberry vodka
fruits, angel food cake, etc. for dipping

Mix together all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium/medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate has melted and the sauce is smooth. Serve in a fondue pot immediately.


Jagged Diary said...

Your pictures look fab!! And the fondue? Well, I'm drooling. Can you ship some of that to KC for me pu-leeze?

(BTW, I tagged you for an award- see my blog)

Patsyk said...

Looks great! I do love fondue, and I'm going out for it next week... you are making me wish it would get here faster!

That Girl said...

There is something very romantic about fondue!

Peabody said...

You had me at Gruyere...yum, yum!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Sarah, during the cold months the hubby and I have fondue every Friday night. It's our "thing". :)
Love these ideas!

Jen said...

These both look fantastic! I have only ever made plain chocolate fondue at home, and I can't wait to try one of these!

Emily said...

I love those pictures!

I could use some fondue right now. Sounds great!

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Aparna said...

Its look very good, thanks for sharing with us

TGillen said...

Thank you! It has become a tradition for my husband and me to enjoy a once-a-year fondue on New Year's eve after the kids have gone to bed. But this year... we forgot to buy white wine!!! So thank you for the beer recipe - you saved our New Year's tradition! Happy 2011 to you and your family!