Swiss fondue

cheese fondue
Cheese fondue

When in Rome, do as the Romans.

So when in Switzerland, experience a fondue.

We were fortunate enough to have some of the people traveling with us treat us to a traditional Swiss evening – raclette and fondue.

This is a little different than what we are used to at home, but wow! It was good.

Upon arriving at the restaurant in Bern, we decided we had to experience the traditional meal, and so each couple ordered one to share. We each received three courses.

First up was the raclette. At home we now think of the raclette as the serving grill where we cook meats and cheeses in individual serving dishes. The raclette we experienced in Switzerland is a Swiss dish made from a semi-firm cow’s milk cheese that is fashioned into a wheel of about 10 pounds. The dish is made by heating the cheese and scraping off the melted part. Our raclette was served with pickles and potatoes.

Raclette cheese

Next up was air-dried meat.

air-dried meat
Air-dried meat

And finally, our fondue. We ordered spicy, so received the pot of cheese with peppercorns, red chili peppers and tomatoes sliced inside. Other options had mushrooms, or herbs, or the classic – straight cheese.

It is served with small, hot potatoes and bread. At home we may expect a pot with oil and meat to cook in it. Here it is just a large cast iron pot of delicious cheese.

cheese fondue
Our fondue with peppers and peppercorns

Thank goodness we shared! Follow that up with some Swiss ice cream for dessert, and everyone went home happy and content.

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  1. Hey Ardith, sounds like a great trip!! We fondue every Christmas eve, but instead of oil, we cook our meat in consome soup. Very good, and no grease. I like the idea of the big cheese pot though. Would you recommend a brand of cheese that you think would be good here? Jill


    1. Hi Jill, thanks for the positive comments. Since we had this in a restaurant, I don’t know the actual kind, but I believe they blend emmental and gruyere cheeses for fondue. We also had a great evening of raclette, which I will be writing about soon. It’s a similar social event to a fondue. Take care.


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