Comté Cheese and Mushroom Fondue
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces mixed mushrooms (I like a combination of crimini and shitake, but use your favorites), roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 ½ cups dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Kirsch
  • ½ pound Comté cheese, shredded
  • ½ pound Emmental cheese, shredded
  1. Bring a medium size heavy pot to medium heat. Add butter then mushrooms. Sauté for 6 - 10 minutes to soften. Remove mushrooms from pot and set aside.
  2. Rub the inside of the pot well with garlic and then discard the garlic. Add wine and bring to a simmer (but not a boil!).
  3. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and Kirsch then add into the wine.
  4. Gradually add the cheeses and stir together until the cheese is melted and creamy (around 5 minutes). You’ll know it’s done when you can dip a wooden spoon into the mixture and it coats the spoon.
  5. Add the mushrooms back to the pot and stir to combine.
  6. Transfer the warm mixture to a fondue pot set over a small flame. You will want to continue stirring periodically while over the flame. Serve with bread cubes, vegetable slices, apple slices, or roasted potatoes.
The cornstarch is not used as a thickener here but instead is used to prevent the cheese from separating. If the cheese mixture begins to get too thick or hard, add about a tablespoon of additional wine at a time and stir. Add more if necessary. If it’s too thin, add more shredded cheese a little at a time.
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