Jamie Oliver prepares a special Christmas Cheese Fondue while all dressed up in Christmas spirit!
Nothing says “Entertaining Connoisseur” quite like the word fondue. Add a gaggle of girls, a bunch of boys, a dollop of alcohol to your fondue… and you are guaranteed a successful evening!
Fondue is a traditional Swiss dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot, and eaten by dipping long-stemmed forks with bread into the cheese. It became popular in USA in the 1960s and will forever have a retro association.
Since then, the name “fondue” is given to any food dipped into a communal pot of hot liquid: chocolate fondue, where pieces of fruit or marshmallows are dipped into a melted chocolate mixture, and fondue bourguignonne, where pieces of meat are cooked in hot oil.
In Jamie’s version of the Cheese Fondue, he uses cider or white wine, instead of the more traditional kirsch liqueur. He also ingeniously adds Cheddar & Blue cheese into the mix … very unusual, but it tastes great. Those who are not Blue Cheese fans, can always add an Emmental cheese. I like to use a slightly stale french bread stick, but any bread should do..
A good Cheese Fondue is an annual Winter Dinner Party in my house.
|Medium Dry Cider||100||ml|
1 . Crush the shallots.
2 . Grate and crumble the Cheddar, Gruyère & Blue cheeses.
3 . Make a Double Boiler, by boiling a large saucepan of water & snugly fitting a ceramic or porcelain bowl on top of the pan.
1 . In a small pan, on a low to medium heat, add olive oil and shallots, and slowly sweat for 4 -5 minutes.
2 . Add the cider & turn heat down to low.
3 . In a double boiler, add all cheeses, salt & thyme.
4 . Allow steam to slowly melt the cheese. This takes approximately 20 minutes.
5 . Once the cheese is melted, stir in the cider & shallots.
6 . Pour into a fondue pot, on a low to medium heat.
7 . Serve with crisp, bite size bread or bread sticks.