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15 MIN
Serves : 4

You’ll find this old-school cheese fondue, with intense, nutty Alpine cheeses, served near the fire at Swiss ski chalets. The ripe red fruitiness of Kirsch is especially good with this recipe from cheese expert Liz Thorpe. It’s a classic for a reason. A light Pinot Grigio is the perfect white to use in this fondue. It is pear-scented and affordable, plus it’s mellow enough to let the flavor of the cheese and Kirsch shine through. A glass will complement the finished dish, too.  Slideshow: More Fondue Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the wine.

Step 2    

Rub the inside of a small enameled cast-iron casserole or saucepan with the cut garlic clove. Add the remaining 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of wine and bring to a simmer over moderate heat.

Step 3    

Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture and simmer, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to moderately low and add the cheese in handfuls, whisking constantly, until each addition is melted before adding more and the fondue is smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Kirsch or Cognac, if using. Serve immediately in the casserole or a warm fondue pot (see Note).

Make Ahead

The fondue can be refrigerated overnight and reheated gently on the stove over very low heat.


If using a fondue pot for serving, fill it with hot water and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Drain and dry thoroughly immediately before adding the cheese fondue. 

Serve With

Pieces of crusty bread, blanched or roasted vegetables, endive spears, thinly sliced apple, dried apricots, dates, root vegetable chips, sliced salumi (preferably something smoky, like dried chorizo), pickles. 

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