The Chew: Gruyere Cheese Fondue + Chocolate Hazelnut Fritters Recipe

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The Chew: Last-Minute Valentines

If you are looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day menu idea, here are two easy snacks you can put together in a hurry. Check out easy Cheese Fondue with ingredients you might already have. Or try Mario’s Chocolate Hazelnut Fritters.

The Chew: Michael Symon Gruyere Cheese Fondue Recipe Ingredients

Symon got inspired to make this five-minute fondue thanks to Mario Batali’s family tradition of sharing fondue with his wife and kids on Valentine’s Day.

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  • 1 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 lb shredded Gruyere Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 minced Shallot
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch

Michael Symon: The Chew Gruyere Cheese Fondue Recipe Directions

The Chew: Gruyere Cheese Fondue + Chocolate Hazelnut Fritters Recipe

The Chew crew showed how to serve Gruyere Cheese Fondue as an appetizer and a Chocolate Hazelnut Fritters recipe for a chocolatey date night dessert.

  1. Simmer white wine and shallots on medium high heat in a sauce pot, reducing for a few minutes.
  2. Mix cheese shreds with cornstarch. Once wine is reduced by 1/3, whisk in cheese mixture.
  3. Continuously stir until all cheese is melted.
  4. Season with salt and dijon mustard.
  5. Serve with favorite dippers, like bread, fruit, or crackers.

Mario Batali: The Chew Chocolate Hazelnut Fritters Recipe Ingredients

For a decadent dessert, try Mario’s Chocolate Hazelnut Fritters, based on a recipe from Torino, Italy, which Batali promised is one of the most romantic cities anywhere. Olive oil gives flavor and keeps the dough tender.

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 1/3 cup Apricot Jam
  • Honey
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Dry White Wine
  • 1/2 cup toasted, chopped Hazelnuts
  • 1 beaten Egg
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

The Chew: Mario Batali Chocolate Hazelnut Fritters Recipe Directions

  1. Place flour in a mound on a clean counter, creating a well in the center.
  2. Mix in lemon zest with salt, wine, sugar, and 1/4 cup olive oil.
  3. Work this into the flour using your hands (or in a food processor), adding more wife if it’s too dry.
  4. Knead about five minutes to make a firm, tender dough.
  5. Plastic wrap your dough and let it chill for half an hour.
  6. Combine jam with chocolate and nuts in a bowl. Cover and reserve.
  7. Roll dough out to 1/4” thick on a flour-dusted prep surface.
  8. Cut out 3” round circles and top them with a dab filling in the center.
  9. Using egg to moisten the corners, fold each circle in half and pinch to seal.
  10. Heat four cups of olive oil in a deep pot, to 350 F.
  11. Fry fritters in batches to a deep golden brown.
  12. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
  13. Brush fritters with honey and dust with confectioner’s sugar before serving.
  14. Serve with a drink of 1/2 espresso, 1/2 melted chocolate.

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