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Fondue Tips from Terrance Brennan

Since cheese fondue is the most popular fondue for making at home, what type(s) of cheese is used in a simple, traditional recipe?

"It would be Gruyere and Emmentaler. Both cheeses impart earthy, rich flavor that balances the wine with which they are combined in the fondue."
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Fondue Tips from Terrance Brennan - Equipment List


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Fondue Tips from Terrance Brennan - Instructions

Terrance Brennan is the Chef-Proprietor of Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro located on
the corner of Park Avenue and 32nd Street in Manhattan. It's renowned for authentic
French bistro dishes like Coq au Vin, Cassoulet and Hanger Steak with Frites. It's a
mecca for cheese, too.

At Artisanal, Terrance is highly regarded for his ground breaking cheese service. He
pays "homage to the fromage" with his selection of exquisite fondues, among them
Classic Swiss Fondue with Gruyere and Emmenthal, Stilton and Sauternes, Artisanal
Blend, and an ever changing selection of Fondues du Jour. Here he offers his tips for
making fondue at home.

What are your tips for making fondue?
- Before you melt it, make sure the cheese is at room temperature

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Fondue Tips from Terrance Brennan - Instructions Continued

- Use a dry white wine to mix in with the cheese because the acid helps the cheese
melt smoothly. Or to be sure you have enough acid, add a little bit of lemon juice to
the mixture.
- Don't boil the cheese mixture. Bring it to a high temperature slowly.
- Keep the fondue on low heat and occasionally swirl it or use a whisk to do figure
eight rotations to keep it well mixed.

What foods do you recommend serving with fondue?
"At Artisanal, we offer air-dried beef, fingerling potatoes, kielbasa, crudités such
as broccoli, red and green peppers and fennel, seared beef tips and apples. People say
you should serve fondue with day-old bread, but I like crusty bread. I put fresh bread
in the oven to get it nice and toasty."

How about wines?

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Fondue Tips from Terrance Brennan - Instructions Continued

"It depends upon the type of fondue you're serving. Cheese fondue is nice with
Riesling or Gewurtztraminer. The Stilton fondue with Sauternes. You can also explore
other wines such as Cabernet Malbec, Tempranillo or stick with a more familiar wine
such as Chardonnay if you're comfortable with that."

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