Feb 7, 2012

Beer Cheese Fondue

Beer Cheese Fondue

What on earth could be better than dipping pieces of crusty French bread or crunchy vegetables, mini hotdogs and meatballs into hot, melted cheese?

I was so happy when Boska, a Dutch company responsible for gorgeous and trendy cheese products, send me this amazing tapas fondue set (Yes, you can envy me now. I’l wait).

My guy took a long hard look at the fondue, you know, the kinda look that says “Really?“, frowned and said it seemed like a pretty feminine way of eating. Right. Don’t ever tell me that or I’ll have to prove you wrong—adding beer and adobo sauce helps with that.

I’m happy to say that we’ve had tapas fondue 2nd weekend in a row now. I win!

 

Ingredients:

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/2 can beer (don’t drink the rest just yet)
2 tsp adobo sauce
1/2 tsp worcestershiresauce
1 cup Gruyère (or mix it with another cheese)
1 garlic clove
1/3 onion

 

Directions:

Is this cute, or what? It has to soak for a while.
Beer Cheese Fondue

Slice the onion and rub the garlic clove all over the inside of the fondue pan. Cut it in half first, or you’ll be rubbing for nothing.
Beer Cheese Fondue

Heat the butter and cook the onion for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the flour, the mustard powder and cook for 2 minutes.
Beer Cheese Fondue

Add the worcestershire sauce and to spice it up a bit, I add 2 tsp adobo sauce. Slowly pour in the beer and stir vigorously.
Beer Cheese Fondue

It’ll be a thick sauce now. But wait… stick with me because it gets even better.
Beer Cheese Fondue

Melt in the cheese! You can use all Gruyère, like I did, or mix it with sharp cheddar or Gouda.
Beer Cheese Fondue

 
If it’s too thick, add some more beer. Aren’t you glad I told you not to drink it yet? Let it simmer for a few minutes, until it’s steaming hot.
 

Season with a little salt to taste and you’re done.
Beer Cheese Fondue

 
Transfer the cheese to the fondue pan, light that little candle underneath and you’re all set.
 

You can dip whatever you like. I like dark, crusty bread best.
Beer Cheese Fondue

 
What’s also really tasty, and this surprised me, is dipping tiny pieces of juicy melon wrapped in Parmaham into the hot cheese. But a wine version fondue works better for that.
 

Cheese fondue feminine? I don’t think so, dude.
Beer Cheese Fondue

Beer Cheese Fondue
Ingredients
    2 tbsp butter
    2 tbsp flour
    pinch of salt
    1/4 tsp dry mustard
    1/2 can beer (don’t drink the rest just yet)
    2 tsp adobo sauce
    1/2 tsp worcestershiresauce
    1 cup Gruyère (or mix it with another cheese)
    1 garlic clove
    1/3 onion

Directions
    Slice the onion. Cut the garlic clove in half and rub the cut-side all over the inside of the fondue pan. Heat the butter and cook the onion for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the flour, the mustard powder and cook for 2 minutes. Add the worcestershire sauce and to spice it up a bit, I add 2 tsp adobo sauce. Slowly pour in the beer and stir vigorously.

    It will be a thick sauce now. Melt in the cheese. You can use all Gruyère, like I did, or mix it with sharp cheddar or Gouda. If it’s too thick, add some more beer. Season with a little salt to taste, and simmer until it’s steaming hot.

    Transfer the cheese to the fondue pan, light that little candle underneath and you’re all set.

Meal type: tapas, snacks, partyfood
Servings: 2 to 4
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    14 Comments »

    1. 1

      This looks delicious, Kay!

      Maria on Feb 7, 2012 @ 10:09 pm Reply
    2. 2

      What could be better than bread and cheese? Nothing. Absolutely  nothing.
      Love the adobo sauce in the fondue. Sounds fabulous.

      Lana @ Never Enough Thyme on Feb 7, 2012 @ 10:28 pm Reply
    3. 3

      Thank you for this recipe!  I have never had any luck with making a smooth beer cheese fondue.  The two just never seem to blend well.  I am excited to try this tomorrow.  I love the fondue pot also – very cute – yes! I am envious.
       

      Gloria M on Feb 8, 2012 @ 4:03 am Reply
    4. 4

      Fondue is one of my most favorite foods!!  So 70′s – but still SO right! ;-)
      How are you doing – 100% healed up?  I hope close to it!!

      elizabeth k on Feb 8, 2012 @ 4:13 am Reply
    5. 5

      OMG, I’m salivating!! Who doesn’t like fondue?? 

      Sharon @ Feats of Feasts on Feb 8, 2012 @ 4:24 am Reply
    6. 6

      One time when I was at a fondue restaurant, they had little chunks of green apple to dip in the melted cheese. I thought it was the strangest thing, until I had a taste. The combine in a really delicious way!
       
      Just wondering where you got the adobo sauce though. Is it from one of those chili in adobo sauce cans that you can order online somewhere?

      Ilse on Feb 8, 2012 @ 11:19 am Reply
      1. Pieces of apple also work really well! Somehow the sweet, crunchy fruit works miracles with the hot, melted cheese.

        Ordered the chipotle chiles in adobo sauce at a Mexican online webstore. It gives spiciness and smokiness. Delicious.

        Kay on Feb 8, 2012 @ 11:29 am Reply
    7. 7

      Awesome Kay ! love that fondue set, it is so pretty, though I don’t think that makes the fondue feminine in any way !!

      Arch on Feb 8, 2012 @ 11:44 am Reply
      1. It wasn’t supposed to be feminine… that’s why I added the beer, smokiness and spiciness :)

        Kay on Feb 8, 2012 @ 12:05 pm Reply
    8. 8

      I love the way this fondue sounds. I am new to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with yourreaders and I’ll be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

      Mary on Feb 11, 2012 @ 4:26 pm Reply
    9. 9

      Where do you find adobo sauce here in the Netherlands? Is there a certain brand or section at the Albert Heijn? :)

      Whitney on Feb 13, 2013 @ 11:39 am Reply
    10. 10

      I am, quite frankly, sitting here salivating.    I could probably live on that recipe for a few months without feeling the need for much else. 

      Barbara on Feb 15, 2013 @ 5:37 am Reply
    11. 11

      OOPS!  I hit the enter key by mistake – and I wanted to comment on the fondue set – I think it is simply to die for!  What?  You can’t hear me squealing? 

      Barbara on Feb 15, 2013 @ 5:39 am Reply
    12. 12

      Adobo sauce online? Where? Where??

      Jim on Mar 3, 2013 @ 10:19 pm Reply

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