Cheese Fondue

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Cheese Fondue
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This milk-based fondue is milder than the traditional Swiss cheese fondue, which contains wine. If your kids don't like the strong taste of Swiss, substitute Cheddar or a mixture of Cheddar and Swiss.

What you'll need

  • 12 oz. Swiss cheese (or Cheddar, Gruyere, or a combination)
  • 4 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups milk
  • Juice from a lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dippers, such as French bread, carrots, peppers, broccoli or cherry
  • tomatoes

How to make it

  1. First, grate the cheese into a bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the flour. Set aside. Ask kids 10 and up to grate the cheese. Hold the handle firmly, grip the cheese, tuck fingers back and rub against the holes

  2. In a separate small bowl, stir together the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour, paprika and nutmeg.

  3. Ask your child to peel the garlic clove. Next, rub the cut clove on the inside of a medium-size saucepan until the bottom and sides are completely seasoned (a fun job for kids).

  4. Melt the butter in the pan over medium-low heat and stir in the flour mixture until it is smooth. Explain to your children that this is called a roux (pronounced roo) and serves as the base that will help the fondue thicken. Add the milk, 1 cup at a time, and stir constantly until the creamy sauce is warm.

  5. Next, add the grated cheese by the handful, stirring well after each addition. Continue until the cheese is used up and the sauce is thoroughly combined. Once the cheese has melted, stir in the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Meanwhile, prepare the dippers for the fondue. Cut the bread into cubes. Cut vegetables into bite-size pieces and steam for a few minutes, if desired, to bring out the flavor.

  7. Arrange the vegetables on a large platter and the bread cubes in a basket or bowl. Pour the fondue into a fondue pot. Invite everyone to spear the bread or vegetables on their fondue forks, then dip into the cheesy sauce. Serves eight people as an appetizer or four as a main course.

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