Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fondue - A Primal Paleo Indulgence

So now that I've given you a recipe for gluten-free French bread, here is the second part of this indulgence -  a recipe for Swiss Fondue.  Yes, you can easily buy this in the store, but when you make it yourself you can have it without all of those questionable ingredients you find on the label. (Image from countrygrocer.com)

You really need a cheese fondue set if you're going to serve fondue, but these are pretty reasonably priced, so as long as you think you might serve this a couple of times a year it will be worth the cost. (think winter in front of the fire ....)

Here are a few that are available on Amazon :

Ingredients :

 1/2 lb. shredded Swiss cheese (Any will do, but I prefer Fontina because it melts very easily.)
1/2 lb. shredded Gruyere cheese
2 tablespoons arrowroot
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons of kirsch (optional)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg plus some for topping

Directions :
  • Mix the grated cheeses with the arrowroot and set aside.
  • Rub the inside of the fondue pot with the garlic, then discard it.
  • Put the wine into the pot, then bring it to a gentle simmer over medium heat.  Gradually stir in the cheese, about a half cup at a time, until it is all completely melted.  
  • Once the fondue is smooth, stir in the kirsch and nutmeg.
  • Sprinkle the top with a bit more nutmeg and serve over a pre-lit fondue burner.  (Make sure you turn down the flame so the fondue doesn't burn.)

Serve your fondue with a platter of vegetables as well as bread cubes (like in this example from thevillagecook.com) Along with carrots, celery, cucumber chunks and broccoli, you could also serve cauliflower, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes.  Just about any firm vegetable will work.

You could also add some pieces of fruit to your platter as they've done in this example from babydickey.com, and then you've got dessert covered as well.

Entertaining doesn't get much easier than this!

As the title says, this recipe falls into the "Indulgence" category, but if you use the bread recipe I've given you, sharing this a few times a year with friends - or a particular friend - won't take your eating plan too far off track.

(Image from www.tripwelove.com) 

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