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Cheese Fondue

Posted in What's for dinner with tags , , on March 21, 2010 by tamishields

This week’s secret ingredient:

This is leftover beer from a party my sister had that she and bro-in-law aren’t drinking. So, she donated it to the cause. My first thought was…I don’t even like beer. My second thought was…FONDUE!

We lived in Chicago for the first 9 years of our marriage. When things got to points where we needed to talk, we’d escape and treat ourselves to The Melting Pot. Many of the decisions we have made about our future were made over a pot of hot melted cheese, or vegetable broth. So tonight, in honor of hard decisions that call for 2 hour long dinners, I made beer based cheese fondue.

To make cheese fondue the only real trick you need to know is that you have to add some flour to your cheese BEFORE you add it to your hot liquid base.

For tonight’s fondue, I poured a bottle of beer into a pot, turned the stove on medium heat and added a tsp of fresh chopped garlic. While the beer was heating, I shredded some cheddar cheese we had leftover from lunch then added some colby jack preshredded cheese to it. In all about 2 cups of shredded cheese. I then tossed the cheese with about a tablespoon of all purpose flour. (The flour keeps the cheese from clumping and thickens the beer). At this point, if the beer is hot you can add in the floured cheese by the handful. After each handful, stir the pot quickly and from the bottom (burnt cheese ruins everything!). After that handful has melted, add the next until all the cheese is in, or until you get the consistency you want. In the end, the cheese should coat the spoon but still drip a little. You can always add more cheese, but you’ll have to do some magic to take some out so add in small amounts! Once you have the desired consistency, top with some salt and pepper and serve. We love our cheese fondue with fresh bread from Harry’s and apples.

6 bottles of beer on the counter, six bottles of beer…one was used, in a cheese fondue…now 5 bottles of beer on the counter.

Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

If you have any ideas on something I can cook this week with beer…I’m listening!