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Monday, October 22, 2012

CAPRESE FONDUE



INGREDIENTS
* 16 ounces fresh mozzarella cut into cubes
* 1/2 pkg. cream cheese
* 5 teaspoons cornstarch
* 1 package grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half

* 2 cups dry white wine (such as Pinot Grigio)
* Freshly ground white pepper
* 1/4 cup chopped red onion and 

* 1/2 cup  chopped fresh basil 
* 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
*  2 T. Zesty Italian Dressing
* Drizzle of  the best Balsamic Vinegar you can get
* Bite-size pieces of focaccia,tortilla chips, french bread, avocado, for dipping






Directions
Toss the  cheese cubes with the cornstarch in a medium bowl to coat.  Pour the wine into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to medium. Whisk 1 handful of the cheese mixture into the wine until it is almost melted. Repeat with the remaining cheese mixture in about 4 more batches. Continue whisking until the cheese is completely melted and the fondue bubbles, about 1 minute. Stir in  cream cheese, Italian dressing, red pepper,onion,tomatoes and basil. Season the fondue with pepper, to taste.
Transfer the cheese mixture to a fondue pot. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.  Set the pot over a candle or a canned heat burner. Serve with bread , chips and vegetables.

                                               ENJOY!!!!