Happy New Year's!
So turn up the stereo, put on your party clothes and go play. first however, we need to make a little stop in the kitchen no party would be complete without snacks.
What seems to be popular this year is going retro, so pull out your dancing shoes, and have a fondue party.
1 loaf (1 lb) French bread, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz)
2 cups shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese (8 oz)*
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 clove garlic, cut in half
1 cup dry white wine or nonalcoholic white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons kirsch, dry sherry, brandy or nonalcoholic white wine
Apple and pear slices, if desired
1In resealable plastic food-storage bag, place cheeses and flour. Shake until cheese is coated with flour.
2 Rub garlic on bottom and side of fondue pot, heavy saucepan or skillet; discard garlic. Add wine. Heat over simmer setting on fondue pot or over low heat just until bubbles rise to surface (do not boil). Stir in lemon juice.
3 Gradually add cheese mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly with wire whisk over low heat, until melted. Stir in kirsch.
4 Keep warm over simmer setting. If prepared in saucepan or skillet, pour into a fondue pot or heatproof serving bowl and keep warm over low heat. Fondue must be served over heat to maintain its smooth, creamy texture.
5 Spear bread and fruit with fondue forks; dip and swirl in fondue with stirring motion. If fondue becomes too thick, stir in 1/4 to 1/2 cup heated wine.