What, exactly, is fondue?
Fondue seems to be one of those things that are regional. Some places have never even heard of fondue, while others have entire restaurants devoted to it. A fondue is simply a pot of some sort of dipping sauce, whether it be chocolate, cheese, or some other tasty concoction. The sauce is kept warm and melted by a Sterno can underneath the pot, or in an electric fondue pot.
Fondue pots come with skewers, usually of metal with wooden handles, which you use to dip your food into the fondue. Fondue was once extremely popular back in the days of hostess parties and June Cleaver and these days you really have to look for it, unless you happen to live in one of those communities in California, Charlotte, Nashville, or Atlanta where fondue is still all the rage. There is a chain restaurant or two around that center themselves around the fondue if you can find one in your area.
You can help revive the fondue trend by throwing your very own fondue party, that is if you can find a fondue pot! I recently picked up an entire fondue set in mint condition at a garage sale for $1.50. If you can’t find a new set, search thrift stores, and garage sales, you’re bound to find one somewhere. Don’t worry if you can’t find one with skewers, these can be purchased at your local grocery store.
The type of fondue you make is only limited by your imagination. If you can melt it, you can make it into a fondue. Cheese, chocolate, cream sauces, there is a fondue recipe for you. The morsels you dip into the fondue are even more endless.
You can dip fruit like strawberries, apples, bananas, blackberries, pear wedges, and oranges into chocolate or cheese. Vegetables like carrots, celery, zucchini, raw or cooked, can be dipped into cheese sauces or creamy herb sauces. Fondues can include any type of meat or vegetables and you can use meat to dip into the sauces as well. There are thousands of fondue recipes and you can serve more than one at your party.
For a totally fondue party, have separate courses of fondue. You can have a veggie dip for an appetizer, including vegetables and cubes of bread for dipping. A great appetizer is a soup or stew fondue with bread for dipping. Next, move on to your main course of fondue which could include cooked potatoes, meat, cooked zucchini or carrots, etc.
And for dessert, this is the perfect time to roll out the chocolate and strawberries. Just be sure to take the skewers and wash them in between courses. If you have more than one fondue set, great! If not, you can always wash it up between courses.
Another fun idea for a fondue party is for you to provide the dipping sauce, and have your guests each bring their favorite morsels to dip. A bottle of wine to go with your wonderful fondue and you are set for a delicious evening of dipping fun!Another fun