Campfire fondue is a great treat when camping and makes a memorable dinner that brings the whole family together. Fondue by nature is a quick, one-pot meal which makes it perfect for making on a small RV stove top, a grill or a campfire. There are a lot of different recipes for fondue but I really enjoy a full-bodied beer and creamy Swiss cheese mixture spiked with garlic and spices. Yumm!
Campfire Fondue Ingredients:
- 1 bottle of your favorite beer (a winter ale is normally quite good with cheese and garlic)
- 1 lb of a Swiss cheese such as Gruyere, Jarlsberg, Emmentaler or traditional Swiss, shredded
- 2 Tbs flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 3 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 tbs vegetable oil
- Cayenne pepper
- A selection of items to dip such as:
- Stoneground crackers
- Chunks of fresh sourdough or another firm bread
- Tart apple slices
- Red grapes
- Sausage slices
- Blanched broccoli
- Blanched cauliflower
The cooking method varies slightly depending on your If you are using a cast-iron saucepan, you can place it directly over the coals of a burned down fire. If you are using an aluminum pot, place it inside another pot with a couple of inches of water to keep the cheese from burning.
After warming your pot, add the oil and brown the garlic. Add the beer then bring to a simmer.
While the beer is heating up, mix the shredded cheese, flour, salt and pepper. After the beer is simmering, add the cheese mixture a little at a time, stirring to ensure that it is completely melted.
When the fondue is smooth and consistently creamy, remove from the heat source and sprinkle with a little cayenne. Serve directly out of the saucepan alongside a board of your favorite dipping items. Having the family group around a the pot of hot garlicky beer Campfire Fondue is a great way to end a perfect day. Hope that you enjoy!