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Playing Clinton Kelly’s Freakin’ Fabulous Fondue

From Clinton Kelly's book 'Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget'



  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Kirschwasser, or kirsch, German for “cherry water”
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 1 pound (about 4 cups) Gruyère or Swiss cheese, shredded
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Bread cubes, sliced fruits and vegetables, roasted potato cubes for dipping


Serves: 8


Add cornstarch to the Kirschwasser, or to a little white wine, and set aside. Heat wine in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in cornstarch mixture and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. Fold in the cheese and nutmeg; stir until melted. If mixture is too thick, add more wine.

Transfer to a warm fondue pot.

Serve immediately with accoutrements like crusty bread, apples, kielbasa, fingerling potatoes, or steak tidbits.

For a big party, double or triple the recipe, set your slow cooker on low, and keep the extra fondue warm.

*Cheap Trick: If you don’t have kirsch, leave it out. Or use the rest to make some Cherry Clafouti too!