Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fondue works for me.

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!

Cheese fondue
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
Nutmeg
lemon juice

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!
Chocolate fondue
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.

5 comments:

caroline said...

I've been wanting to do fondue but have been a little wary of doing it with the kids. How old are yours and do you have any tips on how do it without a big mess or anyone getting hurt?

Single Income Dual Kids said...

Bailey's! Just what my chocolate fondue has been missing. Great idea.
(Thank you for the zofran info--I do worry a bit about not letting the illness just work itself out. Thankfully their bugs typically seem run of the mill.)

Courtney said...

oh my gooodness this makes me want fondue like right now!! i love love love the recipes you added and will so have to make this!

The Howell family said...

Aubrey, The Melting Pot sells a cook book with all their recipes! My mom bought one and we have all shared.

TL. said...

Hmmmm yummie fondue!! You give me ideas: chocolate fondue+ gilmore girls!! = great realxing evening!!

(Found you through 7 quick takes..)