Friday, February 12, 2010

February 12th - Three Cheese Fondue with Champagne


Cheese Puhleeze

I love cheese!  Whether it's imported or from the U.S., I could eat nothing but cheese for the rest of my life and be fine.  However, cheese does not like me.  I think it has something to do with my being lactose intolerant??  So it was exciting, but sad, to see this recipe today.  I knew that I could only have a bite or two or I'd be paying for it the rest of the day.   

WARNING:   The combination of these three cheeses, for some reason, is very messy.  Make sure you clean your pot right away after finishing.  DO NOT let it sit.  The cheese becomes almost impossible to get off.   

Sidenote

People keep asking me how August: Osage County was.  I have to tell you that it was a long (a little over three hours to be more specific) and somewhat boring play.  Yeah, there are some parts that are good (especially acts two and three), but most of it is a snooze fest.  And the theater is way too big for an intimate show like this.  The most memorable line:  "Eat your fish, bitch".

THE RECIPE
Ingredients:
Cornstarch: Had
Lemons: $0.69
Champagne $10.99
Shallot: $0.79
Gruyere:  $4.29
Emmenthal: $3.49
Camembert: $4.29

Total:  $24.54

THE RESULTS

Fast:  Should take you anywhere from 15 to 18 minutes tops

Easy:  Grating the cheese was probably the hardest part of this recipe.

Fresh:  The cheese itself isn't very "fresh".  It's going to really depend on what you use to dip in the fondue. 

Overall:  I like the fondue, especially with green apples.  I also tried it with potatoes and left over foccaccia bread, but that was pretty meh.   Really, the apples make this recipe pop.  My chef brain is now trying to think up some kind of cheese soup with apples in it.    Mmm...cheese soup. 

1 comment:

Nikki said...

Okay, here again I have a problem with your freshness rating. Why wouldn't/couldn't cheese be fresh?! I mean, unless you're using something from a box, but I know you would never do that. Coming from a cheesemoger family, I throw down my cheese press at you.

Second - I really liked August: Osage County. "Oh, are we breaking shit?"

Finally, my mom stopped making fondue at Christmas because her electric vintage pot petered out. I tried buying her a new one, but she would have nothing to do with it. But last week I found a great vintage one in new condition at a Salvation Army. Yea!! Christmas is here again. :)