Swiss Cheese, Fresh Herb & Chardonnay Fondue


Swiss Cheese, Fresh Herb & Chardonnay Fondue


This is a tangy and delicious fondue that takes its flavor cues from whatever herbs you decide to mix in with it. We recommend a combination - basil and chives, for instance - to create interest. This is a perfect fondue for a range of robust dippers, from seafood to fresh vegetables, great for an appetizer or a midnight meal!


2 tblsp. butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 c. Sauvignon Blanc or other dry white
6 oz. Gruyere (Swiss) cheese (preferred over Emmental for melting) - grated to create about 1 1/2 cups
3 oz. Asiago cheese (can substitute: Parmigiano)
2 tblsp. all-purpose flour
Freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 c. assorted finely chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, chives or thyme

How to Serve:

In a bowl, mix together the shredded cheese with the flour and pepper. Set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter and saute the shallot until golden brown. Add the wine and heat bubbly, then reduce heat. Add the cheese in handfuls, stirring after each addition, until the cheese melts. Add herbs and pepper, stirring until mixture is creamy and smooth.

Transfer cheese mixture to a fondue pot and place over low flame, or pour into a warm ramekin and serve immediately with assorted dippers.

Wine Pairings:
Ideas for Dippers:
Chilled shrimp
Pan Seared Scallops
Steamed asparagus spears
Raw zucchini, cut into matchsticks
Raw button mushrooms, washed and patted dry
Cherry tomatoes
Large pasta, like rigatoni or raviolis
Bread cubes - try sourdough, walnut, or a buttery croissant
Crackers or breadsticks

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