It's that time of the year. Twice this month I've already had cheese fondue for dinner and already want more. It's delicious and fun to eat with company. The second time I bought the CUTE little set you see above and cooked it up myself with a recipe provided by a Swiss French friend (see below). I urge you to jump in. Want a few other choices as well? Here are my top picks.
How To Make Fondue - According a real Swiss French person, via text message...
"Just got your fondue message.... So, count half a pound of cheese per person.
- You want Gruyere, compte or alpenzeller and then Vacherin if you can get it, or raclette.
- Rub pot with garlic.
- Melt grated cheese with 1/3 bottle of white wine.
- When melted, add a shot of kirsch in which you have dissolved a teaspoon of cornstarch...
- When you cube baguettes make sure there is crust on every piece.
- Fork the bread through crust, and when you dip bread, stir bottom of pot!
- Don't forget cornichons and dried meats!
- And pineapple to stave off those cheese balls.
- And white wine for grownups, herbal tea for kids.
- No water!!! Xxxxx H & C"
Top Fondue Sets
- Boska Fondue Set - $69.99
From Boska, an expert in the category, this is their standard chic set, which is also sold by super cheese expert Murray's Cheese.
From the grandpappy of French cookware, this will set you back more than you need, but it sure is pretty in Flame Red.
- Boska Party Fondue Mr. Big - $307
For parties of a dozen or more, this is your splurge set: "This heat-resistant ceramic fondue pan can contain 6.5 liter cheese, chocolate or bouillon for a Chinese fondue."
From another reputable brand, Swissmar, this is a lovely copper version that you don't see often.