Nothing beats the wintery cold better than sharing a pot of hot and creamy cheese fondue with loved ones. And no one does it better than the Swiss!
Cheese fondue is a traditional winter meal and many Swiss nationals living in Australia celebrate the Swiss National Day (1 August) with this meal.
In Switzerland the day is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. Children parade through the streets with paper lanterns decorated with the Swiss cross or the cantonal coat-of-arms and candles are lit by windows at home.
For many, the Swiss National Day is also the perfect opportunity to spend some quality fun time with family and friends, sharing pots of this cheesy goodness!
And with games accompanying these cheese fondue feasts, it’s a round of fun for all. The traditional rule is that when a person loses their bread in the pot of fondue, they have to buy everyone a round of schnapps. Kids have to do a chicken dance around the table.
Here’s a delicious and warming traditional Swiss fondue recipe you can try at home…
Fondue moitié-moité (Serves 4)
- 600g white bread with crust, cubed
- 300g fresh Le Gruyère
- 300g Fribourgoise Vacherin, grated and placed in a caquelon (earthenware pot) or fondue pot
- 350ml white wine
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch, stirred in with the cheese, cooked on low heat, stirring constantly
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- 2–3 tablespoons Kirsch
- Pepper, freshly ground paprika and nutmeg to season
At the table, gently cook the fondue over a small spirit stove. Stir the fondue from the bottom of the pot with the bread cubes making sure that the crust doesn’t burn.
- For other cheese mixtures, add approximately 50g of Freiburg Vacherin to thicken the fondue before serving
- Matured cheese is usually better for fondue
- During the meal, add a little wine, so that the fondue remains viscous
- The crust at the bottom of the pot is considered a delicacy!
There are more than 24,000 Swiss nationals living in Australia.
Each year more than 360,000 Australians visit Switzerland to experience and indulge in its beauty, while discovering its quirky customs and traditions.