I don't know about you, but I'm feeling very TGIF this week! It was a busy one for me, to say the least. One thing I look forward to on the weekends—special treats. Weekends are for brunch, donuts, cocktails, cheese, movie theatre snacks, or whatever else makes you feel excited. I'm a big believer in eating well all week so I can have a few treats on the weekend. And a big one on my list—cheese!
I love fondue. There are SO many different flavor combinations you can easily throw together for a super fun appetizer or at-home happy hour snack. I got this electric fondue pot as a gift a few years ago and I've been trying to use it more lately because it's just so fun. A few favorites include a classic gruyere with Newcastle fondue, spinach and artichoke, and for a sweet version, I love this chocolate cherry fondue. Yum!
This version is all about the spicy and stout—it's super flavorful for sure.
8 oz. sharp cheddar
2 tablespoons flour
1 clove garlic
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 cup stout beer (I used Guinness)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Shred the cheese and combine in a bowl with the flour. Mix it around so that every piece gets coated by flour.
Slice the garlic clove down the center and rub it all over the inside of your pot. Mince the garlic and add it to the pot. Then cook over low heat for a minute or two.
Pour in the beer and turn up the heat. Cook just until the beer begins to boil. Now turn the heat down and begin adding the cheese. If you are using an electric fondue pot, be sure to use a wooden spoon to stir so you don't scrap the pan.
As the cheese melts, add more handfuls until you've added all the cheese. Taste, add salt and pepper if you think it needs it, and then stir in the red pepper flakes. If you aren't using an electric fondue pot, once all the cheese is melted, you can pour it into your serving fondue pot.
Serve alongside some sliced bread or pita and fresh vegetables like bell peppers, carrots or celery. You can dip or use your fondue forks when serving. Enjoy some cheese this weekend whether you choose to make fondue or not! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.