Fingerlings and Fondue

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 31, 2012

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Potatoes and cheese are married, aren’t they? Or are they just shacking up?

Either way, they are perfect partners. It’s hard to imagine a potato dish that isn’t improved by the addition of cheese.

So when the Idaho Potato Commission asked me to come up with a potato appetizer suitable for New Year’s, my mind turned immediately to cheese – a cheese bath, which is what fondue is.

Fingerlings and Fondue on Shockingly Delicious. Recipe here: let’s dip steamed Idaho fingerlings in a cheese bath, instead of using the usual chunks of bread as the dippers. Fingerlings are small, finger-shaped potatoes that naturally grow small and thin when mature.

Although small in stature, they are big in flavor. You can often find a medley of fingerlings in the grocery store, and it’s nice to have the different colors and shapes in a dish. They have thin skin, so leave it on.

Recipe: Fingerlings and Fondue

Summary: Steamed Idaho fingerling potatoes take a dip in a delicious Swiss cheese fondue bath for a heavenly pairing in a substantial appetizer.



  • 1-1 1/2 pounds Idaho Fingerling potatoes (such as Russian Banana Fingerling, Ruby Crescent Fingerling, French Fingerling, Red Thumb Fingerling, Purple Peruvian Fingerling, or a medley of fingerlings)
  • Broccoli and/or cauliflower florets
  • Raw apple slices (skin left on)
  • Raw fresh small button mushroom
  • Toothpicks or mid-size bamboo or metal skewers.


  • 3 cups shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese (12 ounces)
  • 2 cups shredded Emmentaler, Gruyere, or Swiss cheese (8 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons kirsch or dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • A grinding of fresh black pepper


  1. First, get the dippers ready: Scrub potatoes and place them in a steamer basket over 1 inch simmering water. Cover and steam until tender, about 10-15 minutes. You may also steam them without additional water in the microwave, about 4-5 minutes. Test with a fork to make sure they are done; they should be tender but hold their shape. Cut any large fingerlings in half, and leave the small fingerlings whole. Your goal is to have bite-size pieces. Place steamed potatoes in a serving bowl.
  2. Lightly steam broccoli and cauliflower florets just until they are crisp-tender (the broccoli should still be bright green), and place them in serving bowls.
  3. Core and slice the apples (leave skin on) and place in a serving bowl. Clean the mushrooms and place them in a serving bowl.
  4. Now, make the fondue: In a bowl, toss shredded cheeses with flour; set aside.
  5. Heat wine and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles rise to the surface. Just before it boils, reduce heat to low and stir in the cheese mixture, a little at a time, stirring constantly. Make sure the cheese is melted before adding more. Stir until mixture bubbles gently.
  6. Stir in milk, kirsch or sherry, mustard, nutmeg, and pepper.
  7. Transfer cheese mixture to a fondue pot and adjust fondue burner flame to low. Keep mixture bubbling very gently over the fondue burner.
  8. Serve with bowls of prepared dippers alongside the fondue, and toothpicks or skewers for guests to use to dip the potatoes and other items into the cheese bath.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 10-12
Culinary tradition: Swiss
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★

Fingerling Potatoes and Fondue. Recipe here:

The Idaho Potato Commission hired me to create this recipe.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

piracetam January 11, 2013 at 8:15 am

I like that you can eat baked potatoes on their own, as part of a special meal, or use them in recipes.


tina@theunprocess January 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Yum! I LOVE fondue! I will definitely have to try this one. And the fingerlings/cheese combo remind me of having raclette in London. Great combination! Happy New Year Dorothy!


Dorothy January 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Yes, raclette!


Laura @ Family Spice December 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

Mmmmm… Cheese AND potatoes! Two of my favorites! Happy new year!


Dorothy December 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

Cheese and taters just go together. Happy New Year!


Julia Marks December 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

It’s funny how fast I came over to your blog — I wanted to know just one thing: did you include kirsch in your ingredient list. Because for a while now, I haven’t been able to buy kirsch. I’ve even looked for it in shops while I was in other states. I’m happy that you offered an alternative, because I’ve been using cherry brandy. And sherry, for me, is a happier alternative. Just where do YOU get your kirsch?


Dorothy December 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

I have a bottle of kirsch I have been nursing FOREVER, so haven’t bought in a long time, but at the time I bought it, I’m sure I got it at a local liquor store. But I just looked it up on BevMo online, and I see they have it. You can get it in their store or mail order. Happy New Year!


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