This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cambria Estate Winery for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
This is a sponsored post. My opinions are my own.
Have you ever gotten that call – you know the one where you have guests that are going to drop by but you have no idea WHAT to serve? Talk about impromptu party panic, right?
One of my favorite things to do is keep some wine on hand, just in case. I follow the rule that if I’m going to drink it, it’s also perfect to cook with. Other things I always have in the fridge – both Fontina and Gruyere cheese, pancetta, garlic and thyme. What to make – why not make a cheese fondue to pair with your favorite white or red wine.
Cheese and wine is the ultimate pairing and this easy cheese fondue recipe is perfect. A bit of pancetta crisped up and wine simmered with garlic and thyme. Add shredded Fontina and Gruyere to the mix and you have the ultimate cheese fondue. Added bonus – you know those mini crock pots/dippers that many have shoved in the back of your cabinets – pull them out and you can use that to keep the fondue warm while you dip and sip. No need for a fancy fondue pot – though, if you do have a fondue pot that isn’t getting enough love, feel free to whip this out, pour a glass of wine and enjoy!
Recently, I found out about Cambria Estate Winery® and their divine white and reds. They are a family owned winery in Santa Barbara wine country. They are an estate winery which means that they make wine from their own vineyards. I had no idea of such a distinction until I started reading up on them. They even have daily tastings where you can go and visit the vineyard and taste Cambria’s hand-crafted wines like Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir and Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay. With a strict eye for detail and a commitment to providing the best, Cambria Estate Winery® is a winery after my own heart.
On to the recipe:
Gather your ingredients
Pancetta makes everything better, right?
Simmer the wine with a bit of garlic and thyme
Look at that melty cheese!
Time to “taste test”
Grab a glass of wine and enjoy!
[Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis|http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/italian-cheese-fondue-recipe.html" target="_blank]
This easy cheese fondue is perfect for a last minute get together. Serve with some crisp veggies, toasty bread and, of course, wine and you have the makings of one heck of a soiree!
20 minPrep Time
25 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
- 5 ounces of pancetta
- 2 cups of your favorite white wine (I used pinot grigio in this one)
- 1 garlic clove
- 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 1/2 cups of grated Fontina cheese
- 1 cup of grated Gruyere cheese
- 5 - 6 teaspoons of cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Crudites for serving (like grape tomatoes, toasted baguette, baby carrots, crunchy granny smith apples, etc).
- In a heavy bottomed pot, saute the pancetta over medium high heat until brown (about 5 - 7 minutes).
- Remove the pancetta to a paper towel lined plate and drain most of the fat.
- Add the garlic clove to the remaining pancetta fat and saute for a minute or so.
- Deglaze the pan with the wine, taking care to scrape up any brown bits.
- Add the thyme sprigs and bring to a boil. When the wine is bubbling, reduce the heat to medium low and prepare the cheese.
- In a bowl, toss the grated Fontina and Gruyere cheese with the cornstarch.
- Add the cheese half a cup at a time, taking care to whisk until it is almost melted until you add another.
- Add the freshly grated nutmeg and a bit of freshly cracked black pepper and stir.
- Let the cheese come to a bubble and, when it does, remove the thyme sprigs and the garlic.
- Keep a tablespoon or two of pancetta for garnish and add the rest to the bubbling cheese.
- When everything is melted, thick and nicely incorporated, remove the cheese to a small crock-pot and keep that on low or to a fondue pot.
- Enjoy with your favorite crudites for serving - whether it's grape tomatoes, carrots, celery, granny smith apples or a classic baguette.
Note: The legal drinking age is 21 years old, as always please drink responsibly.
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