New Year’s Eve has always been a low-key holiday for me. I like to stay home and enjoy yummy snacks, champagne, and watch the ball drop. The best part about living in California is that you can see the ball drop in NYC at 9pm. It’s kind of cheating, but it’s great to get to go to bed early! (Yes, I’m an old lady!)
I made this amazing beer cheese fondue on Christmas Day and I might have to make it again tonight! It is SO good! I wanted to share the recipe with you just in case you were looking for something special to make tonight or tomorrow during the Rose Bowl.
Can you believe this picture was on Christmas Day? It was 65 degrees and sunny so we decided to have a picnic in the back yard, so fun! I served the fondue with a chilled white wine and a mixed green salad.
I used a blend of sharp cheddar, Gruyère, and swiss cheese to create a rich flavor combination. You can be creative and use any blend of cheese you want.
Yes, it is as good as it looks!
Okay, here is the recipe…
- 8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 4-6 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
- 4-6 ounces shredded Gruyere cheese
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 clove garlic, halved
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) of good bottle beer
- Combine Cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, flour, salt, and black pepper in a bowl.
- Rub cut side of garlic clove around bottom and sides of fondue pot.
- Pour beer into fondue pot and slowly bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, about 5 minutes.
- Gradually stir cheese mixture into beer, adding small amounts at a time, until cheese is melted and blended, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Serve with chunks of bread, veggies, and apples.
There are 2 tips that I would recommend to make this fondue extra special. #1, use a really good beer! #2, freshly grate your cheeses.
I wish I would have taken more pictures while our friends were in town for Christmas. Here is a shot during the fondue picnic, so fun! I’m so glad my friend Linda and her two sons Alex and Larry could be apart of our holiday!
I hope you have a wonderful New Year! Cheers to 2014!