April 24th is Sechseläuten in Zurich and I thought with all of the beautiful Spring weather we’ve had we should partake in this Spring festival even though we’re not in Zurich. And you know me what better way to celebrate than with food and what better than a classic Swiss dish like Cheese Fondue.
Sechseläuten is a traditional Spring festival held in Zurich to celebrate the coming of Spring. I know with the changes in the weather Summer seems right around the corner until there’s a 50 degree day. Of course, once you have a festival all that weather has to go away right? One of the most amusing parts of the festival is the snowman bonfire. Plenty of my friends can’t wait to get rid of winter and what an amazing way to do it.
I’ve heard about the festival and I can’t wait to go. Until then, we will have our own little Spring festival here. Minus the bonfire of the snowman of course. I think we’ll just color some snowmen and then rip them up and use it as confetti.
Easy Cheese Fondue
Makes about 4 servings
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 pound swiss (shredded)
- 1/2 pound gruyere (shredded)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 loaf french bread
- sliced apples
Tools: stainless steel pot, nonstick spatula
Slice garlic clove and rub pot with garlic (discard garlic).
In a stainless steel pot simmer white wine on low heat until you see steam.
In a large bowl add Swiss and Gruyere cheese and coat with cornstarch.
Add cheese to stainless steel pot a handful at a time. Stir after each addition.
Continue stirring until mostly melted then add another handful of cheese.
Continue stirring until all the cheese is melted.
Stir in lemon juice and salt and pepper.
Serve immediately with toasted bread cubes, apples, broccoli etc. And we just wouldn’t be us if there wasn’t some ham.
Note: If you have a Crock-Pot Little Dipper it’s a perfect way to keep your cheese gooey.