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Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: About 2 cups; 4 servings


  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon kirsch, or other cherry brandy
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Accompaniments


  • Rub the inside of a medium-size saucepan with the garlic and discard. Add the wine and lemon juice and heat for 1 minute over medium heat. Add the cheese cubes to the saucepan and cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until the cheese melts completely, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Combine the cornstarch and kirsch in a small bowl. Stir into the cheese mixture and continue to cook until it is smooth and slightly thick, about 3 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

  • Serve in a fondue pot, or use a flameproof dish set over a small candle. Serve with a platter of accompaniments.