Baked Fontina for #Inafriday


Welcome again to #InaFriday. This Ina Friday is all about appetizers.

Ina sure knows her stuff when it comes to entertaining and appetizers. This month I made her Baked Fontina.

It kind of reminded me of when you make the cheesy fondue from the 1970’s. It sure was good! I don’t really consider this an appetizer because to be honest it was just me and this big hunk of gooey deliciousness for dinner the other night. Well, and a couple of slices of a thick sourdough bread if you want to get technical.  I was in heaven!

I have three Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks and I love all of them. She makes straight forward recipes that any cook could make. Also the ingredients are found in any grocery store. That is an added bonus.

I used my trusty cast iron skillet for this recipe, but you can use any oven proof pot you have on hand.




1 1/2 pounds fontina cheese rind removed and diced

1/4 cup olive oil

6 garlic cloves sliced thin

1 tablespoon thyme chopped

1 teaspoon minced rosemary leaves

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 French baguette sliced


Preheat the broiler on high and position the rack 5 inches from the element.

Combine the cheese, oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper in a oven proof dish.

Slide under the broiler and broil for 6 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.

Serve the cheese with crunchy chunks of bread for dipping into the gooey cheese.

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  • Appetizers:  August
  • Salads, Soups, Sides:  September
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