I love making fondue. In medical school, my roommate and I would occasionally...er....every chance we got.... have fondue parties where we'd eat chocolate fondue and watch Gilmore Girls. These days, in that I've seen every episode of the Gilmore Girls, I only make it on special occasions - like, say, a wedding shower. It was a big hit at the party!
I can make a mean fondue, if I do say so myself. My chocolate fondue is delicious, but the cheese fondue I made last week was also really good. Fondue is a lot of fun, especially for a party, and could be a great way to get kids to eat veggies. Anything is more fun when you can dip it in cheese. So here are my fondue recipes. Enjoy!
1 clove garlic
2 c. white wine (this past week I used hard apple cider, but you could also use a mixture of broth and milk or apple juice if you wanted to leave out any alcohol.)
4 c. cheese, shredded (swiss, provolone, or cheddar work well. I used baby swiss.)
1 T. flour
Salt and pepper to taste
Rub garlic around inside of fondue pot. Warm wine or cider on stove or in fondue pot. Toss cheese with flour to coat. Add cheese slowly, in several batches to liquid, stirring well between each addition. Add 1 tsp. lemon juice to cheese. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
Serve with bread cubes, apple, carrot, broccoli, or any vegetable of choice.
And now for my favorite....chocolate!
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1/2-1c. milk, half-n-half, or heavy whipping cream
Bailey's Irish cream (Kahlua or would also work well)
Melt chocolate slowly with milk, slowly adding more milk until the mixture is thin enough to be able to dip fruit into it well. Add 1 T Bailey's Irish Cream to chocolate just before serving. (I definitely think it's a little better with Bailey's, but plain is still great.)
Serve with strawberry, banana, marshmallow, graham crackers, pineapple chunks, pound cake (frozen Sara Lee pound cake holds up well during the dipping), and anything else you think would be good dipped in chocolate.
For other ideas, go here.