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Smoked Mozzarella Fondue
Fonduta is Italy's version of fondue. Traditionally the recipe would call for butter, milk and egg yolks. It is served with thick slices of fresh bread or lightly toasted crusty Italian bread. It can be garnished with slices of ripe tomatoes or diced roma tomatoes can be added to the fondue.
3 cups of mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 cups of provolone cheese, shredded
3 tablespoons of grated parmesan
3 tablespoons of grated romano
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon dried oregano or italian blend seasoning (whatever you have in the house)
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
fresh parsley or basil (optional)
3 large tomatoes or 6 roma tomatoes
1 loaf of fresh baked French or Italian bread
NOTE: The original recipe call for 2 cheeses to be smoked and 1 to be regular but I found that the flavor gets a bit overwhelming so either use smoked mozzarella or smoked provolone.
This recipe makes 8 servings
This product already has smoked cheese in it. Each bag is 2 cups so you can adjust the recipe if you want to make a smaller batch.
Make the Fondue
Preheat oven to 450
Mix all the cheeses together in a large bowl. Add sour cream and spices. Stir until combined well.
Spray a medium casserole dish with nonstick spray. Add cheese mixture and spread out evenly with a large spoon.
Bake on the center rack of the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and slightly bubbly on the edges.
Garnish with diced tomatoes and finely chopped fresh herbs.
Toast the Bread
Slice bread into 1/4 or 1/2 inch slices (or however thick you prefer).
Place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Add the bread into the oven and bake with the fondue for about 5 minutes or until the bread is toasted.