Après Snowshoe Fondue!

Nothing beats hot, bubbly fondue after a day in the snow!


For the second winter in a row, we’ve had a snowmageddon here at the Lakehouse. It wasn’t quite as bad as 2019, only half amount of snow and somehow we didn’t lose power. And we got to enjoy it rather than spending hours and hours shoveling heavy, wet snow.

This past summer we picked up snowshoes for winter recreation and getting around our property should we ever have a major snowstorm again (we didn’t think that’d happen so soon). So we strapped them on and took them for a spin. We spent the first morning tromping all around our lake just enjoying the beauty of it all. It was absolutely gorgeous and we loved visiting with all of our friends and neighbors along the way! We were even entertained by wildlife.

Happy Alan in his new snowshoes!

10 inches of fresh powder.

Checking out the fish ladder on the creek feeding the lake.

One of our local deer having a nibble.

What a winter wonderland!

After exploring, we came back and shoveled the driveway, so we had a great workout. But you know how it is, after you get back inside after playing in the snow, you’re kinda ravenous. And what sounded really good was fondue. I had a bunch of bread from the recent Whole Grain Artisan Bread class at the King Arthur Baking School at the Bread Lab, veggies, and apples…we just needed fondue to dip it in.

While I could make my normal Queso, I really wanted a classic Swiss fondue, like my mom used to make when I was a kid. I found a bottle of Klinker Brick Vorgänger, a blend of Southern German-style white wine varietals (Weissburgunder, Rislaner, and Gewürztraminer) from a recent wine club shipment from the Lodi Wine Commission that was perfect. Kirsch, cherry brandy, is traditional, but we didn’t have any; but we have Pear-in-the-Bottle Pear Brandy from Clear Creek Distillery, which I use when making Poached Pears, and thought that’d be pretty yummy (I was right!). Then I went about adjusting my Queso recipe into Swiss fondue! Note: if you don’t want alcohol in your fondue, substitute apple juice or non-alcoholic white wine for the wine and omit the brandy.

Making the Fondue

This recipe is very simple to make. Simply combine all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix, and blend until hot and thickened, about 5 minutes. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you’ll need to soak cashews (if using) in warm water for about an hour so they’re soft enough to blend smoothly, and then transfer the blended mixture to a saucepan to boil and thicken on the stove. For a lower-fat version, use oats and nut butter instead of cashews—it works great!

This recipe uses a bit less cornstarch than the Queso because I didn’t want the fondue to get too thick over heat in the fondue pot. To substitute for the bite of Swiss cheese, I kept the nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and garlic, but added granulated onion (you can also use onion powder) and dry mustard. Nutmeg rounds out that Swiss fondue flavor profile. Pour into a fondue pot, chafing dish, or keep over a double-boiler to keep it hot and dippable.

It turned out awesome! Alan, who generally isn’t a faux-cheese person, loved it. He kept saying, “I can’t stop eating this, it’s soooo good!” We ended up making a meal out of it. Our favorite dipper for this fondue is Honeycrisp apple, it pairs beautifully with the cheesy bite. We also dipped whole grain bread, celery, rainbow carrots, and yellow summer squash.

Give it a try, we think you’ll love it too. And you don’t even have to wait for a snow day, enjoy it any time!

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Classic Swiss Fondue

Bubbly, hot, gooey with all of those iconic flavors of Swiss fondue without the dairy! Serve with whole grain bread, apples, and veggies and have a fondue party in your mouth!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Whole Food Plant Based
Keyword cheeze, Dip, Fondue, Sauce
Servings 4
Author Cindy Thompson, Trimazing! Health & Lifestyle Coaching

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews see instructions on soaking. For lower fat, substitute ½ cup rolled oats and ½ cup raw cashews (or ½ cup rolled oats and ¼ cup nut butter).
  • 2 cup dry German or Swiss white wine like Riesling. Substitute a non-alcoholic white wine or apple juice if you don't want alcohol in your fondue.
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or water
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice I used lime
  • 2 tbsp granulated onion or onion powder
  • tbsp Kirsch (cherry brandy) or Pear brandy. Omit if you don't want alcohol in your fondue.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions

  • If you have a high speed blender (Vitamix or other): Add all of the sauce ingredients into the blender and bring to high speed until smooth. Keep the blender running on high until the sauce gets steamy and thick, about 5 minutes. You'll see the consistency change and hear the sound of the blender change when the sauce thickens.
  • If you do NOT have a high speed blender: Soak the cashews in warm water about an hour, then drain. Add all of the sauce ingredients into a blender and bring to high-speed until smooth and creamy. Pour this into a saucepan and bring to a boil and simmer until thickened.
  • Pour into a fondue pot, chafing dish, or double-boiler to keep hot (fondue will thicken if allowed to cool, making it difficult to dip). Serve with cubed whole grain bread, chunked apples (our favorite), and vegetables.

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