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Having friends over for a fondue night is the perfect way to spend time together and enjoy an easy, fun meal. A typical fondue party consists of a cheese fondue, a meat fondue and a dessert fondue with a variety of foods for dipping. You can make all the food yourself or ask each friend to bring a pot of fondue for variety. Try these delicious recipes for your next friends’ fondue night.
Easy three-cheese fondue
Serving size 24
Serve cheese fondue with a variety of delicious dipping foods, including bread pieces, raw vegetables (like carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower) and blanched or roasted vegetables (like potato wedges, sweet potatoes, parsnips and red bell peppers).
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter
7 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
7 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated
7 ounces Emmentaler cheese, grated
In a small saucepan, bring wine to a boil. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Slowly stir the wine into the flour mixture. Make sure the mixture is smooth. Slowly add all three grated cheeses and stir until melted. Place mixture into the fondue pot and keep warm over a low flame.
Swiss cheese fondue
Serving size 20
2 cups white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 pound Swiss cheese, grated
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tomatoes, peeled and diced
1 garlic clove, cut in half
In a saucepan, heat up the wine and lemon juice on low. Do not boil.
In a separate bowl, mix together the grated Swiss cheese and flour.
Slowly add the cheese and flour mixture to the wine and lemon mixture in the saucepan, one handful at a time. Stir until completely melted.
After the cheese is melted, add in the ground pepper and nutmeg. Stir well.
Rub the cut garlic on the inside of your fondue pot and then discard.
Pour heated cheese mixture into the fondue pot. Place tomatoes on the top of the cheese mixture. You are now ready to serve the fondue.
Meat in oil fondue
An oil fondue is typically meant for cooking small pieces of meat, but you can dip vegetables in it also. There are a variety of oils to choose from. The typical types of fondue oil include:
To prepare the oil: It is easier to heat the oil in a saucepan on the stove before carefully transferring it into a fondue pot. The oil will need to be heated to 350 degrees F. Only fill the pot one-half to two-thirds full to ensure it will not spill over. Place the fondue pot on a space that is easily accessible but is not in danger of being knocked over.
To prepare meat: Choose a variety of meat including lean cuts of beef, chicken, seafood or pre-cooked meatballs. Cut the meat into small chunks and place in separate bowls or separate with lettuce leaves on a platter to prevent the risk of salmonella. Always keep the meat refrigerated until you are ready to use it. Serve the meat with a variety of sauce dips, such as honey-mustard, teriyaki, sweet & sour or honey-ginger sauce.
Decadent chocolate fondue
Serving size 12
A rich chocolate fondue is the perfect dessert to serve at the end of any party, especially a fondue get-together. You can serve it with a variety of dipping foods like strawberries, cherries, sliced bananas, pieces of pound cake or angel food cake, marshmallows, pretzels, shortbread or biscotti.
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream — (set aside 1/4 cup in case needed later)