Fabulous Fondue

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Submerge yourself into this romantic and playful date night fare

Whether you are in the fast and furious stages of wedding planning or just dreaming of that special day – date nights should not be overlooked. No matter how stressed you are from planning or from scrimping and saving for that big day, remember to take time for each other and give yourself a wedding planning break!

A date night IN is always a great way to relax and it doesn’t have to be bland or boring. You can wine and dine each other just the same as you would by going out! Fondue is a great way to celebrate at home. This dish can be a romantic dinner for two or a supper for six. It is fun, easy to prepare, and really only takes a little bit of preparation work. It is also a great meal to surprise your sweetheart with, whether you are man OR woman!

Fondue is a dish that became popular back in the 60’s and 70’s but dates back as far as 1699. This yummy creation is simply a Swiss dish traditionally made of melted cheese and wine. It’s then served in a shared pot or bowl over a heat source and eaten by dipping long-stemmed forks of assorted items into the cheese. It is pretty much the most fun you can have with a meal. The sky is the limit on what you can dip in the cheese. Cubes of steak, chicken, shrimp (grilled or leftover) along with vegetables and bread make an easy, fun meal! Fondue pots are readily available and cost anywhere from $10-$50. If you don’t have a traditional fondue pot, do not worry. Fondue can easily be made and kept warm in a small crockpot, or continually reheated in a microwaveable bowl. Your cheese fondue will be best if you keep it warm enough to remain smooth and liquid but not so hot that it burns. You can also use skewers, if you don’t have the long fancy forks.

Fondue

What you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup white wine (We recommend not buying a cooking wine, rather one that is good enough to drink, too!)
  • Appx. 24 ounces of assorted cheeses, grated (buy your favorites or use leftovers that you already have)
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • 2 saucepans
  • Fondue Pot or Microwaveable Bowl

What to do:

  1. Bring the wine to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a separate medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid sticking and burning.
  3. Once the flour is cooked, stir the wine into the flour mixture slowly using a whisk. Slowly add cheeses; stir until cheese is melted. Transfer cheese mixture to fondue pot/bowl and keep warm.

Simpler Fondue

What you will need:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ground dry mustard (or substitute 2 teaspoons of regular mustard)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cups shredded cheddar cheese

What to do:

  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, mix together milk, Worcestershire, mustard, garlic and flour.
  2. Heat until near boiling.
  3. Gradually stir in cheddar cheese. Continue heating until all the cheese has melted.
  4. Keep the mixture warm and melted in a fondue dish/bowl.

Dip your favorite things in the fondue such as bite size pieces of fresh broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, grape tomatoes, asparagus, bread cubes, steak, chicken, shrimp…any, all, or more! You can use raw fresh veggies or grill them. Be creative!
Have some jalapeno poppers in the freezer? They work great, too!

If you STILL have room for more, how about chocolate fondue for dessert?

Chocolate Fondue

What you will need:

  • 10 ounces of good milk or dark chocolate chips or bars
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of leftover coffee

What to do:

  1. Break the chocolate into pieces, and place into the fondue pot/microwavable bowl
  2. Pour the cream over the chocolate
  3. Using low heat and stirring constantly, melt the chocolate into the cream until the liquid is smooth.
  4. Stir in the coffee.
  5. Transfer the pot to the table, keep it warm and dig in!

Again, use your imagination – dip marshmallows, strawberries, bananas, apple slices, cake, candy, etc. into the chocolate. Relax and enjoy!