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Fondue For You

Fondue For You

Try this simple fondue the next time you host a party at home. Kids and adults alike will love it. Use your favorite fruits, veggies, crackers and breads for dippin'.

  • Yield: 2 cups, serving 4 to 6


  • 1/2 pound Emmentaler cheese, rind discarded, cut into small cubes (1 cup)
  • 1/2 pound Gruyere cheese, rind discarded, cut into small cubes (1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces fresh button mushrooms, wiped clean, stemmed, and chopped (1 cup chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Crusty French or Italian bread, cut into cubes, for dipping (optional)
  • Apple slices, for dipping (optional)
  • Boiled new potatoes, cut into cubes, for dipping (optional)
  • Pear slices, for dipping (optional)


  • In a medium bowl, combine the cheeses and cornstarch and toss to coat evenly. Set aside.

  • In a heavy medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

  • Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until golden brown and most of their liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.

  • Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until soft, about 1 minute.

  • Add the cider, water, and lemon juice, and bring to a simmer.

  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cheese-cornstarch mixture in 3 additions, stirring constantly and adding more cheese as the previous addition has melted.

  • Once all the cheese has been added, add the pepper and salt and stir.

  • Remove the pan from the heat.

  • Carefully pour the fondue into a fondue pot for serving, being sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Serve hot with dipping items of choice.