- 12 ounces Swiss cheese (or Cheddar, or a combination)
- 4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp. paprika
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 garlic clove
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 2 ¼ to 2 ½ cups milk
- Juice from a lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- French bread, carrots, peppers, broccoli or cherry tomatoes
1. First, grate the cheese into a bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the flour. Set aside.
2. In a separate small bowl, stir together the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour, paprika and nutmeg.
3. Peel the garlic clove. Next, rub the cut clove and the inside of a microwave-safe bowl until the bottom and sides are completely seasoned.
4. Melt the butter in prepared microwave-safe bowl and stir in the flour mixture until it is smooth. Add the milk, 1 cup at a time, and heat in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes, stirring as you add the next cup of milk. Continue heating, adding milk, and stirring until the mixture is thoroughly blended and heated.
5. Next, add the grated cheese by the handful, stirring well after each addition. Continue until all cheese has been added and the sauce is thoroughly combined. Once the cheese has melted, stir in the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
6. Meanwhile, prepare the dippers for the fondue. Cut the bread into cubes. Cut vegetables into bite-size pieces and steam for a few minutes, it desired, to bring out the flavor.
7. Arrange the vegetables on a large platter and the bread cubes in a basket or bowl. Pour the fondue into a fondue pot. Invite everyone to spear the bread or vegetables on their fondue forks, and then dip into the cheesy sauce.
Equipment needed: Fondue pot and forks, Microwave-safe bowl, Wooden spoon, Cheese grater, Lemon squeezer, Measuring spoon and cups