1 Jack-O-Lantern, large enough to hold your fondue pot and stand
1 large clove garlic, smashed and peeled
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
8 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded
8 ounces Emmenthaler cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup Kirschwasser cherry brandy
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
White pepper or cayenne, a pinch to taste
Serve with any or all of the following:
Baby skinless hot dogs (preferred brand Hebrew National)
Marbled rye bread, cubed
Blanched asparagus, white and green
Blanched green beans
Rub the inside of a small pot with the smashed garlic clove then discard.
Add wine to the pot and bring up to a bubble over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the cheese in handfuls. Stir constantly, melting the cheese as you add it, stirring in a figure-eight pattern with a wooden spoon.
When all the cheese has been fully incorporated, stir the cornstarch into the brandy with a fork until smooth; add brandy mixture into the cheese slowly. Add the lemon juice and season the fondue with nutmeg and white or cayenne pepper, to taste.
Transfer the fondue to a fondue pot and place it on the stand inside the Jack-O-Lantern.