Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Do the Fondue!

When I was a kid, fondue night was always a favorite of mine. I think it was because it really let me get involved in the cooking process. I could eat only what I wanted to cook in the pot and to watch it sizzle and bubble in the hot oil was like waiting for magic to happen. Then you fished your skewer out of the pot and hopefully had a half-way decently cooked piece of meat or fish on the other end. The fondue pot is still a fun and different way to serve dinner or a party appetizer. And it's not so retro anymore!

Not surprisingly, this food craze of the 70's seems to be back in full swing at modern-day parties! So get out your skewers and dust off those fondue pots. A cheese, chocolate or even meat fondue is a fun, social addition to any holiday party. You never know what can happen around a fondue pot! Friends are made, romances are ignited. Take a dip and see where it takes you.

This cheese fondue is a simple way to dive into fondue-ing. Enjoy!

Simple Cheese Fondue
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1 clove of garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 cup of dry white wine
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 generous cup grated fontina cheese
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
freshly ground black pepper

Take your garlic clove and rub it around the inside of a small sauce pan. Add in your white wine and bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, toss your grated cheeses together with your cornstarch so it is well distributed and covering your cheese. Once the wine is simmering, whisk in your dijon mustard, you cheese and sprinkle in some freshly ground pepper. Whisk until smooth and the mixture has thickened.
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Transfer to a hot fondue pot and serve with bread, crackers, crudite, or mini-sausages or weiners.

4 comments:

Joelen said...

Mmm - thanks for posting! I'm due for some fondue one of these nights!

That Girl said...

The timing on this is fun, because I just made cheddar fondue for Thatboy and I last week. Usually I use fancy fondue cheeses, but I decided to just go with cheddar, mustard, and roux and it came out fabulous!

Justina said...

This Fondue sounds amazing! This would be a great dish to serve for a holiday party. If you enjoy cooking for parties you should check out a Party Food Recipe Contest hosted my MarxFoods.com. You can win a $400 gift certificate to Marx Foods. If you want to check it out just click on my URL.

Michele said...

Steve and I love Fondue. He made me a wonderful Fondue Birthday dinner and we do like to go Melting Pot! The cheese is my favorite course!