Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue

December 10, 2012

Author Notes: Fondue is my family's New Years Eve tradition, and there's nothing that brings people together quite like cheese and beer! Everyone devours this recipe, even the non-beer-lovers.darksideofthespoon

Food52 Review: WHO: Darksideofthespoon is a former pastry chef living in snowy Canada.
WHAT: A fondue that's ready to party.
HOW: Sauté your shallots and garlic, add Worcestershire sauce and beer, then slowly add in your cheese and spices until it becomes smooth, melty, and bubbling. Dip everything in it.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We love how the beer and spices cut through the cheese's richness, making this fondue wonderfully easy to eat. Sautéing your garlic and shallots before adding the other ingredients gives this a savoriness that many fondues lack -- and tossing the cheese in cornstarch keeps it all lump-free.
The Editors

Serves: 6
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min

Ingredients

Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue

  • 1 pound aged cheddar cheese, shredded (the older the cheese, the better!)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, slightly rounded
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium shallot, minced (or a small onion)
  • 1 cup pilsner or favorite ale
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Dipping Suggestions

  • 2 apples, sliced into wedges
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 spicy sausage links
  • 1 loaf of day old sourdough, cut into cubes
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 1 bunch of broccoli
  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 4 to 5 shallots
In This Recipe

Directions

Aged Cheddar and Pilsner Fondue

  1. Toss shredded cheddar in cornstarch, chili powder, paprika, cayenne, and mustard powder set aside.
  2. Heat butter in frying pan, then sauté garlic and shallots for 5 minutes. Be careful they do not brown or burn.
  3. Add the pilsner and Worcestershire sauce. Heat until simmering.
  4. Add the cheese, a little at a time until it's all melted and stir to combine.
  5. Pour mixture into your chosen fondue pot and light according to your manufacturer's instructions.

Dipping Suggestions

  1. To keep the apples from oxidizing after cutting them, submerge these into water with a teaspoon of lemon juice.
  2. Bake or grill your sausage until cooked through, then slice into rounds.
  3. Cut your potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and shallots into large pieces. Leave your asparagus whole, or cut in half. Drizzle them with a small amount of oil and rub them with salt and pepper. Roast these at 375°F until cooked through but not too soft.
  4. Toast your sourdough cubes, or leave as is. Serve all of the above warm on a platter with fondue forks.

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