As the weather grows cooler and guests make a yearly pilgrimage to new and familiar tables alike, dinner parties are the coziest spots in town. Fondue suits the season perfectly. The method of preparation behind these recipes is simple: Melt cheese in simmering wine, regularly stirring, before diving in with any of our recommended dippers (listed below). The flavors here expand on the classic Swiss blend of alpine-style cheeses to offer a span of new classics. (We didn’t forget the chocolate, either: A blend of semi-sweet chocolate and crème fraîche keeps the cozy going long after savory cheeses are gone.) Whether it’s an American twist on cheddars and local cider or a blend of creamy sheep’s milk cheeses pale as the impending snow, these fondues are sure to become an autumnal tradition.
What to dip into your fondue? The possibilities are endless, but lucky for you we’ve got plenty of suggestions. Consult the chart below for ideas and tips on how to prepare your chosen dippers. Each row serves 8.
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