Cheese for a fondue present
- swanee Dec 7, 2004 02:11 PM
Hello! I am giving a fondue set as a present and I wanted to give some cheese in addition to it. What are some good cheeses for a fondue that will last being wrapped up, waiting for dinner to be over, etc? I'll be probably shopping at Trader Joes or local Jewel depending on time.
I like the ideas that have been posted, but if you're concerned about leaving things out for a long time (I'm not sure how long you were thinking), a lot of people use white wine in fondue - you might want to consider enclosing a bottle of that as part of the gift either in addition to or instead of cheese?
For the sake of authenticity, Camembert, as a previous poster mentioned, is never used in a fondue. There are soft cheeses such as Vacherin or even Reblochon that are put into specialty fondues, but the real raw milk version is not legal for import into the US.
Another poster mentioned Raclette, but that cheese is served on a plate with potatoes.
Gruyere only is what the old (circa 1600s) fondue restaurants in Geneva do, but keep in mind that it's a mix of young and aged cheeses. Emmenthaler is acceptable, if relatively bland.
Other cheeses to consider are Appenzeller, Comte, and maybe Beaufort, but the last is typically too expensive to put into fondue.