Friday, February 17, 2012

Cheese Fondue

So here we are on the dark side of another Valentine's day.  And I'm sure everyone is wondering... did The Spatularettes have hot dates to celebrate this year!?

The answer is...

wait for it...

wait for it...


So what does a Spatularette do on a dateless Valentine's Day?  Make a fancy dinner and post up in front of the TV to watch The Bachelor with her girl friends of course!!

Like the life size Rocky by the TV?
He's the man of the house.
When we say fancy... we mean real fancy!
(minus the whole eating in front of the television part)

For the first course we prepared a creamy, cheesy fondue.  The second course was surf and turf (stuffed portabellas for Small One since she doesn't eat meat), with baked mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables.  And the third course?  Sampling way to many of those delicious treats we baked last weekend.

We spent our Valentine's Day the way everyone should... sharing special food with the people we love.  And now we want to share a special recipe with you.  The next time you are looking to impress friends, family, or a cute Spatular, this recipe for Cheese Fondue should do the trick!  If you don't have a fondue pot, this can be prepared over low heat on the stove top, and then transferred into a mini crock pot to keep warm while serving.

-1 cup white wine
-3 whole cloves of garlic, peeled
-8 oz good Gruyere cheese, shredded
-8 oz good Wisconsin jack cheese, shredded
-2 Tbs cornstarch
-1 1/2 tsp spicy brown mustard

-1 baguette, sliced or cubed
-2 apples, sliced or cubed
-Anything else you think would be tasty covered in cheese

Pour 1 cup white wine in fondue pot and set to high heat.  Add 3 garlic cloves, cover, and allow wine to come to a simmer.  Once wine is simmering, use a spoon to removed garlic. 

Toss shredded cheese with cornstarch.  Begin adding cheese to fondue pot, one handful at a time.  Slowly let it melt into wine base, stirring occasionally to combine.  Once all of the cheese has been added, continue stirring until it is completely melted and well incorporated.  Finally stir in 1 1/2 tsp of spicy brown mustard.  Continue to heat on high until fondue is hot and bubbly.  Reduce heat to low for serving.  We used sliced baguette and sliced apple for dipping, but the possibilities are endless!  Let's face it, everything is better when covered in cheese!

Nothing says I LOVE YOU like a big bubbling pot of cheese :)

Tall and Small

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