Grab your BOARD'ing Pass because we are going to... SWITZERLAND!
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Switzerland is home of the legendary Fondue! For my Swiss board, I thought it would be fun to make fondue, because honestly, fondue is all about the cheese!
We all know and love Swiss cheese, but did you know that Swiss cheese is a North American version of the famous Swiss 'Emmental' cheese. In my bread fondue bowl, I will be making the traditional Swiss fondue with Emmental and Le Gruyere cheeses. I have googled the recipe and it seems really easy to make.
I have hosted many fondue parties and own a couple of fondue pots, but for this board, I thought it would be fun to try making the 'fondue in a bread bowl' recipe. It looks simple enough to make, and I am up for the challenge... so lets' get started!
Putting it together!
Serving: 4 - 6 people
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hours
Items you will need:
Meats: smoked swiss sausage, meatballs
Cheese: swiss emmentaler, gruyere
Bakery: rustic round loaf, french stick, soft pretzel bites
Fruit: red apple
Vegetables: sweet peppers, petite fingerling potatoes, broccoli
Condiment: cornichons, pickled onions
Greens & Herbs: rosemary
Additional items: food picks
Before we can begin, we will have to prepare some of the food items.
Prepare your rustic round loaf into the shape of a bowl. Slice the top into bite size piece.
Slice your french baguette into bite sizes pieces. Olive oil all your bread pieces including the inside of your bread bowl. Along with bread bites, add the pretzels and bowl onto a baking sheet. Bake until golden.
Roast your fingerling potatoes. I covered my potatoes in olive oil, salt and pepper and added rosemary.
For the fondue, a quick search on the internet you can find a variety of recipes. I selected to make my cheese fondue with emmentaler & gruyere cheeses to stick to a traditional Swiss fondue.
5. Slice your sweet peppers in halves.
6. Prepare broccoli florets by washing them and cutting them into bite sizes pieces.
7. For the meatballs, I purchased pre-packaged meatballs. Prepare them according to the instructions on the package or you can chose to make homemade meatballs.
8. The smoked sausage came in two sticks. Slice one of the sticks into bite size pieces while keeping the other whole stick.
9. Dice your red apple into cubes.
Let's begin boarding!
Begin with approximately a 13" paddle board and two small bowls.
Step 1: Begin by placing your mini peppers in a triangular pattern pointing towards the top of your board.
Step 2. Add your broccoli florets, on the opposite side in the same pattern as the peppers.
Step 3: Place a small bowl filled with cornichons and pickled onions beside the broccoli florets.
Step 4. Add the second small bowl, filled with your roasted fingerling potatoes.
Step 5: Fit the fondue bread bowl onto the board between the broccoli and potatoes.
Step 6. Cluster the bread bites in the center of the board.
Step 7: Place the smoke Swiss sausage stick on the board and cluster the bite size pieces of smoked sausage beside it.
Step 8. Put your food picks into the meatballs and add to the board.
Step 9: Randomly place your pretzel bites and apple cubes around your board.
Step 10. Last, pour your cheese fondue into your fondue bread bowl. Top with fresh ground pepper or nutmeg and add sprigs of rosemary as a finishing touch!
Extend your Swiss fondue board with additional food bites. For our party, I added chicken skewers with a lemon side sauce.