Michael Field's Fondue

By • February 15, 2011 • 10 Comments



Author Notes: Michael Field was a peer of Julia Child, James Beard and Craig Claiborne until his untimely death at the age of 56 in 1971. This fondue is from "Michael Field's Cooking School" and it has been the "go-to" fondue recipe for my family and friends for almost forty years. I've made a few changes over the years but the basic technique is just as it was in the original version. We usually serve it with bread cubes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, prosciutto, apples and pears. - drumsullivandrumsullivan

Food52 Review: I have to admit that I am a fondue virgin. I've never eaten or made fondue. Michael Field's Fondue is described as being a traditional fondue and therefore seemed like a good place to start. The ingredients are minimal – Swiss cheeses, white wine, garlic, and flour. Making the fondue was simple but I am grateful the instructions stated to slowly add the cheese. (I was tempted to add it all at once.) The end result was a beautiful, smooth fondue, with a mild flavor that dripped from the bread – just like the picture. Michelle Meeks

Serves 4-6

  • 3 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and cut up coarsely
  • 1 1/2 pound imported swiss cheese (I use half Gruyere and half Emmenthal)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  1. Grate the cheese, mix the grated cheese thoroughly with the flour in a bowl and cover the bowl to keep the cheese from drying out
  2. Combine the wine and the cut-up garlic in a non-reactive pot, bring to a boil and continue at a boil until the wine is reduced to about 2 2/3 cups, then remove the wine from the burner and remove the garlic from the wine
  3. Return the reduced wine to a boil, then lower to a simmer and begin adding the cheese mixture a handful at a time, stirring constantly until all the cheese has been added and the mixture is a smooth, creamy mass
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about 3 years ago Melody Nelson

well, it didn't work for me. i halved the ingredients to get a smaller portion and used gruyere cheese from tesco and a bit of gouda and it's just a liquid mass. not gooey. :(
it was my first one as well so i guess i'll keep trying . i blame it on tesco's cheese.

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over 3 years ago Greenstuff

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Great job, drumsullivan! Your first fondue can be daunting, but you clearly aced it.

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over 3 years ago Greenstuff

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Whoops, I meant great job to your reviewer, Michelle Meek!

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over 3 years ago TiggyBee

Wow! Love it!

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over 3 years ago MeghanVK

That picture is making me run out to the cheese store... yum!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Love how ooey-gooey the fondue looks. Makes me want a bite (or 10!)

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over 3 years ago drumsullivan

Thank you!! Is there anything better than melted cheese and wine??

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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I sure can't think of anything . . . . . . .;o)

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Great recipe! So simple, so lovely. Your photo is beautiful, too! Thanks for posting this. ;o)

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over 3 years ago drumsullivan

Thanks so much for your comment, this is my first time participating in a contest so I really appreciate the support!!