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Looking for the perfect excuse to break out that fondue pot you got as a gift last holiday season? Here you go! The perfect tastes of fall to warm you up for winter.

CHEDDAR ‘N APPLE FONDUE

Ingredients: (makes 4 cups)

4 cups Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, shredded
1½ cups Provolone cheese, shredded
¼ cup flour
2¼ cups apple juice or cider
½ teaspoon nutmeg
apple, pear, and melon chunks

Preparation:

Mix cheeses with flour. Heat apple juice in saucepan to boiling. Gradually stir in cheese. Stir constantly until cheese melts and forms a smooth mixture. Add nutmeg. Transfer to fondue pot. Keep warm over low heat.  Serve with bites of apple, pear, and melon.

Any other delicious dippers we should try in this fondue?

Image: Flickr/apium (Creative Commons)

8 comments

Judith

wow--this sounds wonderful

December 28th, 2011 at 9:04 am

Carol Gates

I do this already, but I add about 1/2 cup of caramels, and we use crab apple slices because they're so tart. My friend adds some of those little red hots to the apple cider when it's simmering, and doesn't add nutmeg or cinnamon; she also dips carrot spears in this, and thinly sliced sweet-potato french fries. (Or sweet potato spears that have been microwave-blanched.)

Another cheese fondue treat for spring is a cheddar-butter-garlic, and we dip raw asparagus in it.

December 28th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Jala

Tillamook Team

Thanks, Judith! It is! If you give the recipe a try let us know what you think.

- Jala of the Tillamook Team

December 28th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Jala

Tillamook Team

These are great tips and ideas, Carol! Thanks for sharing them with us and our fans. Isn't fondue just the perfect treat for a chilly winter day? Although, I think any day is the perfect day for cheese :-) I hope you're staying warm where you live and enjoying some cheesy winter cooking.

~ Jala of the Tillamook Team

December 28th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Jena

I made this for New Year's Eve and it was taaaaasty!!! I used sparkling cider instead and I found the best apples to go with it were Granny Smith. Their tartness blended perfectly with the fondue. I also tried Galas, but their more mild flavor and sweetness just didn't go as well.

January 26th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Jala

Tillamook Team

Very cool, Jena! Thanks for sharing your experimenting and results with us. We do Test Kitchens on our blog once in a while and I think a fondue with apple test kitchen might be a great idea. Appreciate you dropping us a note! I'm honored that you made Tillamook a part of your New Year's celebration.

~ Jala of the Tillamook Team

January 30th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Melissa N

We had fondue the other night, can't wait to try this one. And our favorite dippers were broccoli, carrots and artisan bread. I live in Michigan, so Tillamook is not widely found at the stores here, however I can find it at Costco. But Costco only carries the Medium Cheddar, here's a big fan from the West requesting some SHARP Tillamook cheddar! :C)

January 25th, 2013 at 8:34 am

Amalya

Tillamook Team

Hi Melissa,
I'm so glad to hear you're a Tillamook fan! I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble finding more variety out in Michigan. Have you checked this Where to Buy to make sure there aren't some other flavors hiding close to home!? You can search for a specific flavor (like Sharp) in your zip code: www.tillamook.com/wheretobuy/index.html Please be sure to call ahead before making any special trips though, as stock and selection will vary.
It's ultimately up to each retailer to decide which products they will carry, so my best suggestion is to let your local Costco know you'd like to see some Sharp Cheddar on the shelves! I hope this information was helpful.
Thanks for being such a fan of our cheese!

All the best,
Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

January 25th, 2013 at 8:57 am
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