Spinach and Mushroom Fondue
There is no aroma like sizzling wine into a pan of onions and garlic. The moment this happens in my house, the family comes running. I could be making risotto or soup, but they always assume I’m working on a new fondue concoction.
This is a very versatile recipe. You can use many types of cheeses, you can use wine or beer, and the options you have to dip into the cheese are endless.
It’s a great way to get kids to eat their veggies and let’s face it, who doesn’t love a giant bowl full of melted cheese?
16 oz. mild cheddar shredded
8 oz. Gouda shredded
1tbs olive oil
1 small shallot
3 cloves minced garlic
4 oz. presliced/washed baby bella, shitake and oyster mushrooms
5 oz. frozen spinach thawed and drained well
¾ cup white wine
¼ cup reserved Pacific Natural Food chicken stock
French green beans
Granny smith apples
32 oz. box of Pacific Natural Food Chicken stock
Bring one box of Pacific Natural Chicken Stock to a boil over medium high heat. Par boil the broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, asparagus and green beans for 3 min. Strain from broth and immerse immediately into an ice bath to stop cooking. Reserve ¼ cup chicken broth for fondue. Drain vegetables and serve at room temperature. Prepare the rest of the dipping foods . Chop the bread, apples and slice the salami. Arrange on a large platter. Once you start the fondue , the process goes rather quickly.
Shred both cheeses and gently mix cornstarch into the cheese. Refrigerate until needed.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and olive oil. Add shallots and minced garlic. Meanwhile, roughly chop mushrooms and add to pan. Cook mushrooms down for five minutes. When liquid has evaporated and you notice brown bits on the bottom of the pan, add wine and reserved chicken broth. Deglaze the pan of all the yummy goodness in the pan.
Once the pan is deglazed begin adding shredded cheese a handful at a time to ensure slow, even melting. After the cheese has melted, add the well drained spinach. Stir to heat through.
Pour cheese mixture into a fondue pot or a crock pot. Serve with variety of fruits, vegetables, breads and meat.