Lisa Thornbury: Party Mummy


Host A Yummy FUNdue Party

Melted Cheese: The Perfect Fall Comfort Food

As we head into the season of which I dare not name (*hint: Daylight is limited and Kleenex is plentiful), I'm craving comfort food. Is there anything more comforting than melted cheese? I think not. Therefore, 'tis the season to host a fundue party!

Here's What You'll Need:

The host provides the cheese fondue (BEST recipe ever below), while guests go potluck for a chocolate fondue dessert.

Last weekend I visited Alex on Yonge – a gorgeous cheese shop in Toronto. Check out their yummy Facebook page  for cheese expertise and recipes. I sampled some of the most delicious cheeses. My favourite was the cave-aged Gruyere.

Just when I thought my taste buds had died and gone to heaven, out came the fondue. I know my way around a fondue pot, and this was truly the best I’ve ever had. Serve this to your guests and I guarantee there will be applause.

Alex on Yonge’s Swiss Classic Fondue Recipe Serves 4 (or me)

250g          Emmentaler cheese, grated
250g          Gruyère cheese, grated
100g          Vacherin Fribourgeois (or Appenzeller Extra)
1                 Cloved garlic, halved
1 cup         Dry white wine
1 tbsp        Freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tbsp        Kirsch (dry cherry schnapps)
1 tbsp        Cornstarch
Pinch         Freshly ground white pepper
Pinch         Ground nutmeg

* To make it easy, you can buy pre-packs of the cheese blend from Alex on Yonge.

1.    In a bowl, combine Emmentaler, Gruyère, and Vacherin; mix well. Set aside.
2.    Rub the inside of a large saucepan with cut sides of garlic. Discard garlic. Add wine and lemon juice; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low.
3.    Add cheese mixture in small amounts to saucepan, whisking constantly after each addition in a figure-eight motion until cheese is melted.
4.    In a small bowl, whisk together kirsch and cornstarch until smooth; stir into melted cheese. Season with white pepper and nutmeg, stirring until smooth. Transfer to fondue pot and serve immediately.

For a sweet dessert, assign guests "dipping items" to bring for the chocolate fundue, i.e. strawberries, banana chunks, cake cut into cubes, etc.. There are lots of great chocolate fondue recipes, but I enjoy the simple Toblerone version.

Break up a 100g Milk Chocolate Toblerone bar and heat in a sauce pan on medium. Add a 300g can of condensed milk. Stir until the mixture is completely blended.

For a fall party, serve chocolate fondue in a pumpkin!

Kids at your party? Hopefully not, but sometimes we have to bring them along. I love my children, but I'm not letting them near a hot fondue pot or those pointy sticks. Here's a safe and simple, kid friendly fondue.

Get cheesy and have fun everybody! Happy FUNdue!

Image Credits:

Cheese Fondue
Toblerone Fondue

Kid Friendly Fondue