I made this for Easter and it was an overall hit, but next time I'll make a few changes. First I'll use only 1/2oz of mushrooms, but keep the soaking water the same. There were just too many bits in the dip. I used an inexpensive Pinot Grigio (Barefoot) since apple cider isn't in season. I couldn't find Bonaparte Cheese anywhere, but the "Cheese Guy" at Whole Foods recommended Auguste Lepetit Brie as a substitute. I will warn you that the brie has a strong sour smell and I thought it was bad, but the "guy" said it was supposed to be one of those stinky cheeses. When I tried a bit before mixing it into the fondu, it was Super yummy. The cheese is so soft though you can't mix it with the wine. I also cut off the rind, but next time I'll probably just leave it on. Finally, I would recommend saving out 1/4 cup of wine and combine that with cornstarch and mixing it in after the cheese is melted to thicken it up.
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I made this for Easter and it was an overall hit, but next time I'll make a few changes. ...