Here’s one of my favorite family friendly meals that can be made right at the table: Alcohol Free Cheese Fondue.
Normally Cheese Fondue is made with a dry white wine, like a Chablis. You are definitely welcome to make it that way if you desire. But, this version tastes fabulous without the alcohol.
I originally made mine with just chicken stock and it was a little flat. All it took was a little vinegar mixed in to give it that slight tang you would get from the wine. I wouldn’t use white vinegar (too sour) or balsamic (could color the cheese), but would stick with a milder and sweeter rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
Choose a gluten free bread, or go with just vegetables, for a gluten free treat. And vegetarians can use vegetable stock or apple juice.
I like to cook it in the electric skillet at the table, then scoop the sauce into small bowls for each person.
Oh and did I mention that it takes about 15-20 minutes including time to grate the cheese and chop the vegetables? Perfect for a weeknight meal!
Alcohol Free Cheese Fondue - all the fun and deliciousness of cheese fondue without the alcohol. Gluten free and vegetarian options.
- 1/2 pound swiss cheese grated
- 1/2 pound cheddar cheese grated
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 large garlic clove cut in half lengthwise
- 2 cups chicken stock or apple juice
- 1+ tablespoon mild vinegar rice or apple cider for example
- 1 loaf French Bread (gluten free if desired) cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
- assorted vegetables such as mushrooms broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, etc. cut into bite sized pieces or strips
- Combine both grated cheeses and coat with cornstarch.
- Heat skillet on high and rub with cut sides of the garlic.
- Pour in stock or apple juice and vinegar. Heat until bubbling but not boiling.
- Reduce heat to medium. Add cheese mixture one handful at a time, stirring constantly. Make sure each addition of cheese is dissolved before adding more.
- Serve with bread and vegetables.
We always cook this at the table in an electric skillet.
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