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Fantastic Fondue Party

3 Jan

The next time you are planning a get-together, consider throwing a fondue party. You’ll love it because it’s easy to throw together. Your kids will love it because it’s kind of wacky and who doesn’t love dipping funny things in vats of hot liquid. And your parents or grand-parents will love it because it will remind them of by-gone days when fondue parties were all the rage.

We decided to have three fondues: A basic 70’s cheese fondue, a bitter-sweet chocolate fondue and a pizza fondue (for those in our group who have a cheese aversion).

Cheese Fondue

1 cup dry white wine (or chicken stock)
1/2 pound shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 pound shredded Gruyere cheese
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pound french bread cut into 1 inch cubes

Simmer wine in fonue pot. Add Swiss cheese, Gruyere cheese, 1/4 pound at a time. Stir after each addition of cheese until melted. Stir in flour. When all the cheese has melted, stir in salt and nutmeg. Serve with bread cubes and/or fresh vegetabnles such as sliced peppers or mushrooms.

Chocolate Fondue:
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream. reserve 1/4 cup to thin if fondue begins to thicken
4 bittersweet chocolate bars, chopped
2 tablespoons Frangelico or Amaretto liqueur, optional
1/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts or almonds, optional

Heat 1/2 cup cream in heavy non-reactive saucepot over moderate heat until cream comes to a low boil. Remove the pan from the hear and add chocolate. Le tthe chocolate stand in hot cream 3 to 5 minutes to soften, then whisk chocolate together with the cream. Stir in liquer and/or chopped nuts and transfer the fondue to a fondue pot or crockpot. If fondue becomes too thick, stir in reserved cream, 1 tablespoon at ta time to desired consistency.

Dipables we used:
almond biscotti
cubed pound cake
sliced bananas
whole strawberries
sectioned naval oranges
riped, diced pineapple

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!