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February 9, 2009 9:06 AM   Subscribe

What to do with leftover cheese fondue?

I've got about 3-4 cups of leftover swiss/gruyere fondue from last night. What can I make so it doesn't go to waste? (Gruyere is $18/lb at my grocery store, and I'm not about to throw thirty bucks in the garbage!)
posted by kidsleepy to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Stir in some cooked macaroni?
posted by jon1270 at 9:10 AM on February 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

Use it as a base for cheese sauce for broccoli.
posted by fiercekitten at 9:11 AM on February 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

I have frozen leftover fondue with okay results. I'd do it in one-cup containers and then bust it out for vegetable sauce, definitely. When you thaw it, reheat it gently on the stove and maybe whisk in a little wine or sherry so it smooths out, frozen cheese products can get grainy. It probably won't turn out perfectly smooth despite best efforts, but it'll be tasty.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite snacks was chopped hardboiled eggs over toast drowned in leftover cheese sauce, so I'll throw that up as another way to use it.
posted by padraigin at 9:16 AM on February 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

A very rich, delicious macaroni and cheese...heat up fondue, mix w/cooked macaroni, eat. If you have more than needed for a single meal, put remainder of mac and cheese in baking dish, top w/ buttered, cut-up bread bits, freeze, pull out next time you want comfort food, bake at 375 for 45 min, to 1 hour. Creamy, crunchy, yum!
posted by mumstheword at 9:17 AM on February 9, 2009

You could do a riff on the Peruvian dish, papas a la huancaina, which is a spicy cheese sauce over boiled potatoes with some hardboiled egg slices on top. Very good.
posted by faunafrailty at 10:14 AM on February 9, 2009

Or make my favorite breakfast ever-welsh rarebit. We do it with fried thin slices of ham, over buttered english muffins-pour your cheese sauce over that. Yum.

Make a cauliflower or potato gratin.
posted by purenitrous at 10:30 AM on February 9, 2009

Croque Monsieur
posted by spec80 at 10:38 AM on February 9, 2009

I wanted to ask this question here after my New Year's fondue.

I ended up spreading my leftover cheese fondue over French bread, slicing tomatoes over it and throwing in in the oven to melt the cheese and toast the bread. Was very tasty.
posted by melissa at 10:40 AM on February 9, 2009

I second the mac&cheese suggestion. I did it once and it was amazing. The fondue was too thick so I cut it with evaporated milk. It was perfect.
posted by uauage at 11:18 AM on February 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

There's not much that can't be improved by pouring melted cheese sauce over it, in my opinion: steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, sliced apples. I'd probably just heat it and pour over toast.
posted by gingerbeer at 11:32 AM on February 9, 2009

Louisville Hot Brown

Put 2 pieces of toast in the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Build an open face sandwich with a few slices of turkey, some tomato slices, and a generous ladle of cheese sauce. Top with cooked bacon strips. Put under broiler for a few minutes until cheese is bubbly hot and delicious.

Absolutely nom.
posted by acorncup at 12:08 PM on February 9, 2009

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