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Milk Pail Fondue

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 12+ servings


  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • 1½ cups dry white wine (Chablis, e.g.)
  • Splash of kirsch (about 1 Tbsp) - can substitute with brandy, cognac, or sherry
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 lb Swiss Emmentaler cheese (can substitute with Jarlsberg) 
  • 1/2 lb Gruyère
  • 1/4 lb Raclette 
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • fresh ground pepper and nutmeg
  • 2 loaves of crusty Italian or French bread 
  • Steamed vegetables, cut apples, cooked sausages, and more for dipping! 

Preparation (~15 minutes)

Grate, shred, or finely dice the cheese, and dredge with flour. (You can do this in advance and refrigerate the cheese in a tightly closed plastic bag.) Cut bread into 1 inch cubes. Each cube should have crust on one side.

Cooking (~15 minutes)

  1. Rub the inside of your warming pot with cut garlic clove. Place on stove, pour wine and kirsch into pot, and heat over medium flame until bubbles rise lazily (not boiling).
  2. Add lemon juice and handfuls of cheese, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon (slashing crosswise so cheese doesn’t ball up) until cheese is melted and the mixture has the appearance of a light, creamy and smooth sauce. Add pepper and nutmeg to taste.
  3. Bring to a very slow boil, then remove pot from stove and place atop lighted burner at table. Adjust flame of burner so fondue continues bubbling very lightly. Thin the mixture with a bit of heated white wine as necessary.
  4. Enjoy fondue with crusty bread, steamed vegetables, cooked sausages, and more! In our opinion, nearly anything can be dipped in fondue! 
What do I do with the extra cheese?
When you're done eating and have extra left over, you can save the remaining cheese mixture in bags in the freezer for a quick fondue meal later! Separate the cooled cheese mixture into smaller servings sizes into bags and place in freezer. When you're ready to eat it again, pop it in a pot, and reheat! If necessary, add some extra white wine as needed.