Aged Cheddar and Stout Fondue

Gather around the warmth of a winter's fondue pot and enjoy this hearty dish, complete with pigs in blankets made with Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 48

Pigs in the Blanket

1
package (14 oz) precooked cocktail links, drained and patted dry
2
cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Fondue

1
lb sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (6 cups)
3
tablespoons all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons olive oil
1
teaspoon finely minced garlic
1/2
cup stout or beer
6
tablespoons frozen (thawed) apple juice concentrate
1
teaspoon ground mustard
1
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll each can crescent dough into long rectangle. Firmly press perforations to seal. Using a small knife, cut dough into 1-inch by 4-inch strips. (Cut number of strips to match number of cocktails links in package--about 48.)
  • 2 Wrap each cocktail link with 1 dough strip around middle of link. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, seam side down, about 2 inches apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 3 In large bowl, toss grated cheese with the flour. In 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, swirl in the olive oil. When shimmering, add the garlic; cook 30 seconds until very fragrant. Add stout, apple juice concentrate, ground mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Heat to a simmer (let simmer 3 minutes if you want alcohol to evaporate) and gradually, in small batches, add cheese, constantly stirring until fondue is smooth, thick and cheese completely melted. If too thick, stir in an additional oz of stout until desired consistency.
  • 4 Serve fondue immediately with pigs in the blanket.

Expert Tips

"Since our big holiday meal is on Christmas Day, the tradition in my husband's family for the past 40 years has been to enjoy a simple, warming cheese fondue on Christmas Eve. The fondue simmers long enough to evaporate the alcohol in the stout, but you can substitute a non-alcoholic beer if you'd like. We always have Pigs in a Blanket to dip in the fondue, and other accompaniments that go great are: cubed crusty bread, baby carrots, chunks of celery, large cocktail shrimp, chunks of Granny Smith apples and barely-steamed broccoli florets (feel free to add these to your table, too.)" - Jaden Hair

The most important step in making fondue is to toss the flour with the grated cheese. This helps the flour incorporate and thicken smoothly. If you just dump the flour in by itself, you'll end up with a clumpy mess.

Leftover fondue can be stored in the refrigerator....we bring it out on Christmas Day and serve as a chilled, flavorful cracker spread.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
110
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
250mg
250%;
Total Carbohydrate
6g
6%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.