Tested till perfect Traditional Three-Cheese Fondue
Traditional Three-Cheese Fondue
Photography by Matthew Kimura

Traditional Three-Cheese Fondue

The principal ingredients of traditional fondue are cheese, white wine, kirsch and garlic. This one not only has all the classic flavours but also additional depth from Gorgonzola cheese. Serve with dippers listed below.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Special Issue: Home for the Holidays 2008

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  • Portion size 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 1clove garliccloves of garlic, halved
  • 2-1/2 cups 2-1/2cupsdry white wine
  • 1 lb 1lbEmmental cheese, shredded (4 cups/1 L)
  • 1 lb 1lbGruyère cheese, shredded (4 cups/1 L)
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspcornstarch
  • 1 Pinch 1Pinchcayenne pepper
  • 1 Pinch 1Pinchground nutmeg
  • 8 oz 8ozgorgonzola cheese, cubed
  • 1 oz 1ozkirsch or eau de vie or Calvados
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Vigorously rub inside of stoveproof fondue pot or 12-cup (3 L) saucepan with cut sides of garlic; discard garlic. Pour in wine; bring to simmer over medium heat.

In bowl, toss together Emmental and Gruyère cheeses, cornstarch, cayenne and nutmeg to coat. Using wooden spoon and stirring in figure-eight motion, stir cheese mixture into wine in 3 additions, returning to simmer and stirring until smooth before adding each.

Stir in Gorgonzola and kirsch; cook, stirring, until bubbly and smooth.

Place over medium-low heat of fondue burner on table, adjusting heat as necessary to maintain low simmer and stirring often.

Additional information : Mix and match from the following dippers:

  • Crusty bread, such as baguettes, pumpernickel, sourdough or caraway rye, cut into bite-size cubes
  • Large soft pretzels, cut into bite-size chunks
  • Boiled fingerling or baby potatoes
  • Lightly steamed broccoli and cauliflower florets
  • Apples and pears, cored and cubed
  • Seedless green and red grapes

Nutritional Information Per 1/4 cup (50 mL):

cal 200 pro 13g total fat 15g sat. fat 9g
carb 2g fibre 0g chol 47mg sodium 261mg

% RDI:

calcium 37 iron 1 vit A 13 folate 4
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