Baked Fontina: Serves 4-6; recipe from Barefoot Contessa
I N G R E D I E N T S :
1 1/2 pounds Italian Fontina cheese, rind removed and 1-inch cubed
1/4 cup good olive oil
6 garlic cloves thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 crusty French baguette
D I R E C T I O N S :
1) Preheat the broiler and position the oven rack 5 inches from the heat.
2) Distribute the cubes of Fontina evenly in a 12-inch cast-iron pan (or oven-safe, I didn't have a cast iron). Drizzle on the olive oil. Combine the garlic, thyme, and rosemary and sprinkle it over the cheese and olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
3) Place the pan under the broiler for 6 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling and starts to brown. Mine took a bit longer - about 8 minutes.
4) Serve family-style - right out of the oven with crusty chunks of bread for everyone to dip.
This was seriously the most awesome, mouth-watering cheese-tastic thing I've ever tasted. So give it a try - it goes great with a bottle of wine and some bad TV ;)