Fiesta Cheese Fondue

Friday the 14th was our five year anniversary, and since money is a little tight we decided to recreate one of our favorite dining experiences at home by making a Fiesta Cheese Fondue similar to the one at Melting Pot. I was lucky enough to find not only the recipe for the fondue, but also a video done by a Melting Pot employee specifically detailing how to prepare it. After having fondue with friends in their electric fondue pot, we just had to get one. So, while the recipe and video prepare the fondue with a doubler boiler, we used an electric pot. We made the mistake of using a “bargain” block of cheese, which just didn’t have the same sharpness or flavor we wanted. Don’t get me wrong, it was still good, but just not quite the same. Over the weekend we picked up a higher quality sharp cheddar to try the recipe again since we still had more than enough of all the other ingredients. The better cheese was a definite improvement! Lesson learned :) The second batch earned a full five stars – it was awesome and the perfect compliment to a perfect weekend.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a WW or figure-friendly recipe :)

Fiesta Cheese Fondue

8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
2 ounces emmenthaler swiss cheese, freshly shredded
4 ounces beer, any lager
3 ounces homemade salsa
2 tablespoons flour or cornstarch
1 medium jalapeno, finely diced

Toss shredded cheese with flour or cornstarch. Heat fondue pot over low to medium heat. Pour beer into fondue pot and heat until bubbling. Stir in salsa. Add cheese slowly until you get the consistancy that you desire, mix in 1/4 of a teaspoon of jalapenos to taste. Add fresh ground black pepper to taste. Serve with the dippers of your choice. Examples: crusty breads, tortilla chips, apples, raw veggies.

Source: Melting Pot

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November 16, 2008. recipes.

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