For those who are avoiding alcohol for one reason or another, here is a non-alcoholic version of my Cheesy Roasted Jalapeño Fondue. This delicious fondue combines cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, smoked paprika, and roasted jalapeños to create a zippy, creamy dip for bread, vegetables, or crackers.
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- Prepare the fondue pot by slicing a fresh garlic clove in half, then rubbing the sides and base of the pot with the cut side of the garlic.
- Pour milk, lemon juice, and cornstarch into a saucepan on the stovetop. Whisk over medium low heat until the cornstarch fully dissolves into the liquid.
- Begin adding the shredded cheese to the pot gradually, one handful at a time. Whisk the cheese continuously as it melts.
- Let each handful of cheese melt before adding the next handful. Do not raise the heat or let the cheese come to a boil.
- When all of the cheese is melted, check the texture. If it seems too thick or lumpy, add a little more lemon juice and whisk until the texture is smooth and right for dipping.
- Add the minced roasted jalapeños to the pot and whisk to blend.
- Whisk in the smoked paprika until well blended.
- Transfer the melted cheese mixture to your fondue pot. Turn the pot on or light the heat source; keep the heat very low so the cheese stays soft, but doesn't boil.
- Serve cheese fondue with bread, lightly steamed vegetables, crackers, or my personal favorite--pretzel challah!