Are you over the fancy-schmanzy Valentine’s dinners? You often end up battling crowded restaurants and over-priced menus to celebrate the ones you love. This year, celebrate around your own kitchen table with this homemade Cheese Fondue. It’s a delicious, simple and romantic way to spend the holiday!

Cheese fondue served with vegetables

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese
  • 2 cups Emmental or Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • Pinch paprika and nutmeg (optional)
  1. Cut a garlic clove in half and rub all over the inside of a heavy pot. Discard the clove.
  2. Add broth to pot and heat until simmering.
  3. Grate cheese.
  4. Put cheese and cornstarch in a ziploc and shake to incorporate cornstarch.
  5. Gradually add cheese mixture to pot, stirring constantly in zig-zag or hourglass pattern, until cheese is melted. (If you stir in a circle, the cheese may clump together and not melt properly.)
  6. Add spices, if using.
  7. Do not let mixture boil, but stir until all cheese is melted and thickened slightly.
  8. Transfer to fondue pot set over flame to serve.
Favorite foods to dip
  • Fresh apple and pear slices
  • Fresh chunks of Italian or French bread, or pretzel bread
  • Boiled or roasted new potatoes
  • Roasted or steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots
  • Chicken sausage
  • Baby pickles
  • Be sure to use high-quality cheese and never use pre-grated. If it isn’t aged properly, or if it’s pre-grated, the consistency is compromised and may become lumpy.
  • You can substitute dry white wine for the chicken broth for a richer flavor.

Craving something that will satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out this Chocolate Fondue recipe!

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