Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fondue Dinner - Appetizer to Dessert!

Fondue is sort of a fancy name for dip.  This Valentines Day create a fancy meal at home with luscious fondue.  It's simple, fun and you'll get to sample lots of different dippers!  You don't have to have a fondue pot, use bowls or small crock pots :)

Appetizer - Pepper Jack Cheese Fondue
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  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 lb Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 lb pepper jack cheese, shredded (if you want to make it not spicy use regular cheddar)
  • 2 tbl flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • dash of paprika
  • dippers
    • bread cubes, veggies, fruit, pretzels, chips
In a medium size sauce pan bring the wine to a simmer.  Slowly add in half the cheese and allow to melt.  Add in the flour and whisk, finally add in the remaining cheese, salt and nutmeg and stir until melted.  Pour into a bowl, garnish with paprika and cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve.

Dinner -  Garlic Butter Fondue
Serve with anything from beef and shrimp or lobster to chicken.
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • dippers
    • beef tips, chicken, lobster, shrimp, shellfish
Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and melt over low heat.  Allow to simmer on low for 15 minutes so garlic with soften.

Dessert - Chocolate Fondue
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  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbl butter
  • 12 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • dippers (oh there are so many options)!
    • strawberries, cake, cookies, chocolate hunks, dried fruit, nuts, marshmallows
Place all ingredients except the vanilla in a bowl over a double boiler.  Allow the chocolate to melt slowly while stirring.  Once melted turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla.  You may want to serve while still over the double boiler so the chocolate doesn't harden up.


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