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Cheesy Romance with Swiss Fondue

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Has it been a while since you have traveled?  Has date night become difficult or disappeared altogether?  RTTtravel has put together a creative solution to help you bring some cheesy romance from the beautiful alpine valleys of Switzerland into your kitchen and melt your loved one's heart!  If you can cut an apple, grate some cheese and follow our very simple recipe – you already have all the skills required to put together a night of sophisticated Swiss romance.  To ensure 100% success, we've put together a video that guides you step by step and provides all tips and tricks to creating a perfect Fondue that will transport your loved one to a romantic evening of indulgence in Switzerland, just in time for Valentine's Day.  We hope you'll join us on our mission to spread the joy of travel through exploring the delicious foods of Europe with the ones we love!

Before you start, check out the step by step video! 

Ingredients Needed:

1/2 – 3/4 pound Emmenthaler cheese

1/2 – 3/4 pound Gruyere cheese

1 -2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 large lemon

3-5 large garlic cloves (finely chopped)

1/2 – 3/4 cup dry white wine

1 1/2 ounces Kirschwasser (unsweetened cherry liqueur)

¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg

Assorted items cut into bite size pieces for dipping (bread, apples, vegetables)

Other Supplies Needed:

To prepare cheese Fondue, a Fondue pot is the ideal tool, however it can be done using a small crock pot or double boiler.  The Fondue pot used in the video is almost 50 years old and no longer being made, similar ones are hard to find.  The closest match to the Fondue Pot used in the video can be found here, it offers all the same features and is perfect for all types of Fondue cookery.  Please note: this is not in any way an endorsement of this product or the store that is selling it, the intent here is to save you time hunting if you are wanting to buy one that closely matches the one used to demo the recipe.


Step 1 – Prep (20-30 min - can be done well in advance)

Grate all the cheese and combine in a large bowl, lightly dust the cheese with a thin coating of corn starch, evenly distributing by hand so that all the cheese is evenly covered.  This helps create a smooth emulsion and prevents the cheese solids from separating into an oily mess when heat is applied.  Set aside for table side cooking.

Extract the juice from the lemon. Finely chop the garlic. Measure wine and Kirschwasser and set aside for table side cooking.

Cut your dipping items into bite size pieces (bread, apples, cauliflower and any other vegetables you like with cheese).  When selecting your breads, opt for non-sliced breads that have a firm even texture that will be easy to cut and not disintegrate when dipped into the molten cheese.  Sourdough, Rye, and Pumpernickel all work very well with these cheeses and offer a great variety. Cover serving bowls with plastic wrap until ready to use to prevent these items from drying out and set aside for table side cooking.

Step 2 – Cooking Table Side (10 min)

Set your fondue pot temperature on high and add the white wine, lemon juice and garlic.After it has hit the simmer point and you can smell the aroma, reduce the heat to medium and slowly begin to add the cheese into the pot about 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each newly added portion is almost melted.When all the cheese has been added, add the Kirschwasser, stirring until a creamy custard like texture is created.Finish with an optional dash of freshly grated nutmeg and it's time to dip into this amazingly delicious taste of Switzerland!

Explore this experience further with RTT! 

Join RTTtravel on journey to Switzerland famous cheese regions of Emmenthaler and Gruyere!We offer a variety of different trips that take you into these beautiful areas and tour local artisan dairy productions where you can sample and purchase these amazing cheeses in the alpine valleys where they have been traditionally produced for hundreds of years. Or join us for a day in the Black Forest where you can purchase Kirschwasser, the other essential ingredient needed for a delicious Fondue, in addition to Cuckoo Clocks and hand blown glass.

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