It didn't take a lot of convincing to get my husband on board with the cheese and chocolate sampling. I did have to do some persuading to get my better half to buy into the fact that cheese fondue was going to be a sufficiently filling and satisfying meal, however. No sooner had he reluctantly agreed to share a pot of cheese fondue with me for lunch, that a group of 6 very large, very burly, very hungry, Swiss workmen sat down at the table right next to us. They were all served giant meat pies for their meal while we sat dipping our tiny potatoes skewered onto dainty forks in a shared pot of cheese fondue. I'm not sure that my husband has ever felt more emasculated. 😂 He was convinced that they were making fun of his petite lunch choice. Dainty or not - it was delicious. Oh, and before we left, he ordered the biggest dessert on the menu to compensate for his less than masculine lunch portion.
Fondue in Switzerland is typically served with a bag of small potatoes and some bread cubes. It's simple and delicious. The fondue that I make at home doesn't even compare to the fondue in Switzerland but it's fun to make and relive those memories of our European adventures. I'm a fan of potatoes but when I made fondue for guests, I gathered up some other tasty treats to dip in our cheese. By far the favorite of all of the choices were the pears. The pear with the cheese fondue was a surprisingly delightful combination. 🍐
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces Gruyere, grated (2 cups)
6 oz. Emmenthaler, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg and black pepper
Transfer mixture to a fondue pot and serve with breadsticks, vegetables and fruit.
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