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Here is one of our microwave favorites – think late-night studying in your dorm room.
4 cups grated Swiss cheese
(2 large pre-grated bags in the dairy section of nearby supermarket)
1 garlic clove
(remove thin, outer skin)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
(found in the supermarket baking section, next to cake mixes/sugar/baking soda – very inexpensive)
¼ teaspoon (or to taste) nutmeg
(this is a great spice to also add to coffee, applesauce, cottage cheese and other dorm snack foods)
1 cup apple juice
(use convenience snack pack sizes)
About 20 breadsticks
(those boxes of long, thin breadsticks are yummy – or - slice up a green tart apple)
- Cut the garlic clove in half. Rub it over the insides of a 2-quart microwave-safe
- Add the cheese to the casserole dish and stir in the cornstarch and nutmeg. Note – we recommend dissolving the cornstarch in a small cup with 1 tablespoon of water – before – adding it to the cheese. Then add the apple juice and mix thoroughly.
- Place the casserole dish in the microwave and microwave on high heat for 3 minutes. Stir, and microwave for 3 more minutes in 30-second intervals, stirring each time. Serve in a warmed fondue pot or in the casserole dish. [Serving in the casserole dish will make it easier to reheat if necessary.] Serve with the breadsticks for dipping. Or, as we suggested above – a sliced, tart green apple.