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How We Fondue: 12 Surprising Things to Dip

On a recent trip to the beautiful "Bavarian Village" of Leavenworth, I rediscovered the deep pleasure that comes from dunking various bits of food into molten cheese. At Pavz Cafe, the fondue gets its rich, ripe character from full-flavored Swiss-style cheeses made by the restaurant's owner. A splash of Gewurztraminer wine adds a hint of sweet, which brings out the best in the juicy apple slices served alongside. The fondue was accompanied by some surprising dippers, which inspired me to blow up the notion that traditional crusty French bread's best for cheese fondue. Here's a short list of some good candidates to be bathed in glorious, gooey cheese.

Cheese fondue

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  1. Steamed broccoli
  2. Chunks of steamed or roasted potato
  3. Meatballs
  4. Cauliflower
  5. French fries (deconstructed poutine!)
  6. Pickles
  7. Jicama
  8. Cubes of ham
  9. Sweet bell peppers
  10. Naan
  11. Jalapeno Poppers
  12. Jumbo pasta shells
  13. Cheddar Crackers

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About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!