When it's chilly outside, it's only natural to yearn for comfort food: hearty soups, creamy mac 'n' cheese, beef stew, and lasagna. But for something a bit more romantic, consider this Nordic fondue from The Burrell Group, perfect for two to share.
- 1 c shredded Jarlsberg
- ½ T all-purpose flour
- ½ c dry white wine, plus more as needed
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 1 T apricot brandy or apricot nectar
- Dash of salt
- Dash of ground nutmeg
- Dash of coarsely ground black pepper
1. In a bowl, toss the cheese with the flour.
2. In a fondue pot, heat the wine with the garlic until bubbles rise to the surface. Do not boil.
3. Add ½ c cheese-flour mixture, stirring constantly until melted. Then, add the remaining cheese and melt. Do not boil.
4. Stir in the brandy, salt, nutmeg, and pepper. Keep the fondue mixture hot while serving. (If the mixture thickens, add a small amount of wine or juice, and stir well.) Pass the fondue forks, and serve with assorted dippers.*
*Note: Need some ideas for dippers? Try these: cubed herbed croutons, cooked shrimp or mini meatballs, oysters, mushrooms, cauliflower, red and green pepper rings, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, and pear and apple slices.