THE MELTING POT CHEDDAR CHEESE FONDUE

This 140-unit chain is America’s go-to restaurant for great fondue since 1975. The fourcourse menu includes a salad, a broth fondue entrée with a variety of meats and vegetables, and a selection of chocolate fondues for dessert. But the dining experience starts with a delicious cheese fondue served with various sliced breads, apples, and vegetables for dipping. The most popular of the cheese fondues is this one made with medium cheddar and just a little Emmentaler Swiss cheese melted into beer and combined with garlic and spices. Talking with a manager at my local Melting Pot, I learned that the chain uses Milwaukee’s Best or Colt 45 in the fondue, so make sure you use a mild (and cheap) lager beer. He told me that the mild flavor of these beers doesn’t overpower the cheese. Use a traditional fondue pot intended for cheese/chocolate fondue.

10 ounces (3¼ cups) shredded medium cheddar cheese
2 ounces (¾ cup) shredded Emmentaler Swiss cheese
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 ounces (¾ cup) Milwaukee’s Best or other mild lager beer
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

FOR DIPPING
Cubed bread (French bread, rosemary bread, or Outback Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bushman Bread—see recipe here)
Chopped red and green apples
Chopped broccoli
Chopped cauliflower
Sliced baby carrots


Cooking method


1-Combine the cheeses in a medium bowl, then toss the cheese with the flour.

2-
Pour the beer into a fondue pot (double-boiler style used for cheese and chocolate) that is preheating on your stove over a burner set to medium. Make sure there is water in the bottom pan beneath the pot.

3-When the beer is hot and steaming, stir in the garlic and dry mustard and cook for a couple of minutes.

4-Add a handful of cheese to the beer and use a fork to stir the cheese until it is mostly melted. Add more cheese and stir until it’s melted, then add the rest and stir with the fork until it is completely melted and a smooth consistency.

5-Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and the pepper. Serve immediately with bite-size slices of bread, apples, and vegetables on the side for dipping.

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