Years ago as a newlywed, I was given a fondue pot as wedding gift. I remember turning my nose up at it and thinking, ‘What am I going to do with this?’ I had heard of fondue. I even remember seeing it served in a couple of 60’s television shows. But by the 80’s, fondue was pretty much passe.
Flash forward to a 2009 when I was visiting my friend who lives in the Atlanta area. She and I, along with her college student son, went out to eat to a fondue restaurant. I was really curious about this place. Well, we did have a great time. And the food was scrumptious! But it was terribly over priced. Specially, considering we were cooking our own food at the table!
My experience at the fondue restaurant did strike an interest in fondue in me. I decided to dig that old fondue pot out that I had received so many years ago and try my hand at trying it myself.
Since then, we have had “fondue night” a few times at my house and my family loves it. Even though it’s a lot of fun, I have to admit there are a few drawbacks. It tends to be kind of messy, even when there are no children involved. There is also a lot of prep work to do to get it all ready, but most of the prep work is rather simple. Just lots of chopping.
Still, the benefits out weigh the drawbacks and I plan on continuing “fondue night” occasionally. One of my kids wants to do this every year on her birthday.
Now we aren’t much for entertaining here but I have actually been toying with the idea of having a small fondue party. Fondue is perfect for entertaining. There’s a total bonding experience when folks get together and cook food together. And it’s great for the hostess as her guests are doing the cooking. All the prep work is done way before the guests ever get there.
Ideally, for entertaining, you would need several fondue pots. One for meat, one for veggies, one for breads (although you could probably use the same sauce for all 3 of these) and one for desserts. For the dessert fondue pot, a great idea would be to go with one of those cute chocolate fountains. Yum!
I’ll give you a few of my favorite fondue recipes below but first, if you need a fondue pot, I want to show you the one I found on Amazon that is simply adorable. I love it! The spots are my favorite but you can also get it with hearts or paw prints. Click on it below to read more about it.
There are loads of great fondue recipes out there. I found one of my favorite recipes at this site which has a great page on how to make a great fondue party.
Here it is:
Beer Cheese Fondue
1 small garlic clove
3/4 cup beer
8 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
4 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon flour
Dash bottled hot sauce
Dippers such as Italian bread, apples, broccoli, steamed potato chunks
Rub the inside of a heavy saucepan with garlic clove; discard garlic. Add beer and heat slowly.
Coat cheeses in flour. Gradually add cheese to beer, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in hot sauce.
Transfer to a fondue pot set to low.
2 cups dry White Wine
1 Garlic Clove
1 lb Swiss Cheese
3 tbsp Flour
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp White Pepper
Salt to taste
Nutmeg to taste
Rub the inside of the fondue pot with the garlic clove and add clove to pot.
Heat up the White Wine & Lemon Juice on medium low heat – should be hot but do not boil.
Mix Flour and Cheese in a bowl
Slowly add cheese mixture while stirring
Add remainder of ingredients while stirring
Optional: Add a splash of Kirsch or Blackberry Brandy
To Dip: Italian bread cut into cubes, vegetables, flat breads
8 oz Semisweet Chocolate
1/2 cup Hot Espresso or Coffee
3 tbsp Granulated Sugar
2 tbsp Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Chop chocolate into small pieces and set aside
Heat espresso and sugar in fondue pot on low heat
Slowly add chocolate and butter while stirring
Optional: Add a splash of Irish Cream
To Dip: Angel Food Cake, Apple Slices, Bananas, Strawberries, Pound Cake, Pretzels, Pineapple Chunks, Marshmallows
Fondue can be easy to make and it’s definitely fun.
If you have a favorite fondue recipe, I’d love to try it and it here.