Fabulous Fondue Fun!

Fondue anyone?  What do you think of when you hear the word fondue?

The first thought that enters my mind chocolate.  Mmmm chocolate.
Chocolate smothered strawberries and bananas…can’t you just taste them?!
Don’t forget the cheese.  The hot, gooey, delicious & rich melted cheese smothered bread chunks.  Drool.

Fondue Party  //  Full fondue menu:  cheese, meat & seafood, chocolate, with dips, sauces and dipper ideas!

A couple of weeks ago the hubby & I hosted a fondue party and it was fuuuuuun!

I wish I could show you a ‘Martha Stewart’ fondue party, complete with all the perfect invitations, menus, printables, and decorations but I don’t have em!

And the pictures.  Gah.  My camera is broken and I’m using my hubby’s camera which hates me.  Plus, taking pictures at a party is the worst!  It’s hard to take great photos when it’s dark, and you’ve got a glass of wine in your hand!  Plus, you can’t exactly ask your guests to step aside so you can get the perfect shot!  ;)

Fondue Party  //  Full fondue menu:  cheese, meat & seafood, chocolate, with dips, sauces and dipper ideas!

But you will get to see some fondue pots that are the real deal…I’m talking 1970’s real deal.  Like fondue pots that made their rounds at the first fondues of our time.  Now how’s that?  Bet Martha doesn’t have these!  And you will get a tonne of fabulous fondue recipes!

I’m hoping that you will find this a one-stop-shop-fondue-party!

Fondue Party  //  Full fondue menu:  cheese, meat & seafood, chocolate, with dips, sauces and dipper ideas!

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Now it’s time to partaaaaaaay!

What you need:

-  3 fondue pots  (we used 4: one pot was for shrimp only)

  • Meat & Seafood Fondue:  1 pot for the oil – use an electric, stainless steel or cast iron pot for oil fondues.  Make sure that the pot that you use for an oil fondue has a splash guard around the rim of the pot to prevent splashing.
  • Cheese Fondue:  Use a ceramic fondue pot over a flame.  We use gel fuel pots – you can find these at WalMart or any major grocery store.
  • Chocolate Fondue:  Use a ceramic fondue pot over a tea light.

-  Fuel:  tea lights, gel fuel pots and vegetable oil.

-  fondue forks – make sure you have at least 2 per person.

-  4 little bowls for dips & sauces (or you can use 8 dishes, and put a set of dips on either end of the table for easy access)

-  napkins, serving plates

 

Timeline:

  • Make your dips first.  These are best made early in the day so the flavours in them can meld together.
  • Prep all your veggies.  Wash & cut them up in to bite sized pieces.  Again, this is best to do early in the day so you are all ready to go at fondue time!
  • Slice your meat.  Do this early and put it in your fridge until dinner time.
  • De-thaw any seafood you are serving.
  • About an hour or so before your fondue party, you can roast any veggies that you plan on serving.  They don’t have to be hot right out of the oven at fondue time.  Most people like to warm them up in the cheese fondue or even the oil.

 

Now on to the food!  First up:  Dips & Sauces

Fondue Party  //  Full fondue menu:  cheese, meat & seafood, chocolate, with dips, sauces and dipper ideas!

The general rule for fondue dips and sauces, is that there should be at least 3 different kinds.  We served 4:

  • a cocktail sauce for the shrimp (store bought is great!)
  • a peanut sauce
  • a horseradish-dijon mustard dip
  • a Chimichurri sauce

Peanut Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 - 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • ¾ tsp sugar
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, cook the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes in oil until soft, about 4 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the remaining ingredients, and simmer while stirring, about 1 minute.
  3. Cool.
Notes
I often double or even triple this recipe...it's that good!

Recipe from Keeping with the times
Horseradish & Dijon Mustard Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Course salt & freshly ground paper
Instructions
  1. Stir sour cream, horseradish, and mustard in a small bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
Notes
You should make this dip at least 4 hours ahead of your party, so that the flavours can blend together. You can also make it up to 2 days ahead of time.

Recipe from Martha Stewart
Chimichurri Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup packed fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup packed fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar (white wine vinegar works well too)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients together, and let sit for at least 2 hours.

 

Next up:  Meat & Seafood Oil Fondue
We like to kick it old school and use hot oil for our meats & seafood.
There’s just nothing yummier than a piece of deep fried meat.  Yum.

Meat & Seafood Fondue
 
Ingredients
Meats:
  • sirloin steak, cut into strips
  • shrimp
  • chunks of chicken
Instructions
  1. Fill your fondue pots ½ - ⅔ full with vegetable oil.
  2. Turn on the heat, and when the temperature reaches around 350 - 365 degrees it's ready to cook in.

 

Next up:  Classic Cheese Fondue

And the cheese.  My gosh the cheese.  This is hands-down my favourite part of the fondue party.  Even more so than the chocolate.  I mean how can you not love melted cheese with wine.  Forget the bread, I could eat it with a spoon!!

Fondue Party  //  Full fondue menu:  cheese, meat & seafood, chocolate, with dips, sauces and dipper ideas!

And don’t tell me you’re not digging this pot?!
I LOVE this pot – it’s the real deal folks.  70’s pattern and all.

Classic Cheese Fondue
 
Ingredients
Cheese Fondue:
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 lb Gruyère and/or Emmentaler cheese. Shredded should make about 9 cups total.
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon).
Dippers:
  • Chunks of bread
  • Cooked meat
  • Fresh Vegetables: grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms
  • Roasted Vegetables: cauliflower, potatoes, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms
Instructions
  1. Before you get your fondue pot hot, rub the inside of it thoroughly with the cut garlic halves, then thrown them out.
  2. Pour the wine into the fondue pot, and place over medium-low heat. (See notes)
  3. When the wine starts to bubble, add the cheese by the handful, stirring until melted and combined.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with lemon juice until the cornstarch dissolves, then stir the mixture into the cheese mixture.
  5. Continue whisking the cheese mixture until it is smooth and bubbling slightly.
  6. Serve immediately.
Notes
You can use either a classic ceramic fondue pot or an electric pot to serve this. I like to use the ceramic pot over a flame.
Recipe from Martha Stewart

 

 Lastly:  Chocolate Fondue
 Now no fondue party is complete without the chocolate fondue!
This is always the part that everyone waits for!

Deliciously rich melted decadence!

Fondue Party  //  Full fondue menu:  cheese, meat & seafood, chocolate, with dips, sauces and dipper ideas!

This is a terrible picture!  But you can’t have a fondue post without the chocolate!
Note:  Make sure that you only use a tealight under the chocolate fondue pot!  All you need is to keep the chocolate warm, not cook it.  I wasn’t paying attention and I used the gel flame, which burned our first batch, hence the chocolate in this picture being in a bowl!  Major bummer!

There are 2 ways you can make your chocolate fondue: from scratch or you can buy ready-made fondue chocolate.  We used ready made fondue chocolate from Olivier’s Candies Ltd (we melted it the same way as the recipe below indicates).  It was fantastic!
But here is my go-to recipe for homemade chocolate fondue.

Classic Chocolate Fondue
 
Ingredients
Chocolate Fondue
  • 1 lb semisweet chocolate
  • 2 cups heavy cream
Dippers
  • strawberries
  • bananas
  • chunks of pineapple
  • chunks of white pound cake
  • marshmallows
Instructions
  1. On your stove, place a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water.
  2. Add the chocolate and cream.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is creamy and smooth.
  4. Once it's smooth, transfer the chocolate mix to a fondue pot, and set over a warming candle like a tea light. See notes.
  5. Serve immediately.
Notes
Make sure that you only use a tealight under the chocolate fondue pot! All you need is to keep the chocolate warm, not cook it.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

Fondues really are such a fun time!
I dare anyone not to have a great time dipping and cooking their food.  It makes for great conversation and good times!

They make for great romantic dinners too…maybe even this Valentines Day.  Just sayin’

Happy fondue-ing!

 

Comments

  1. Now how fun is that?! I absolutely love fondue – both the cheese and the chocolate ones. But I don’t have any fondue pots! I think I should start looking for them in Goodwill when I go. :-)

  2. YUM!!!! I love fondue! Your pots are awesome! Josh and I had fondue in France and it was gooooood! We also had it a friend’s house in Switzerland and it was the best we ever had. SO yum and such a fun novelty type meal :)

  3. OMG!! I love those pots – deja vuvu!!

  4. this looks so good! I almost hosted a fondue party last weekend but it got turned into a superbowl party instead. still that chocolate is calling my name!

  5. Fun and appetizing. Looks so good! If you receive a fondue set as a gift be sure to invite the gifter to enjoy with you as they will delight in seeing you use their gift.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Oh geez, when I hear the word fondue, I’m transported back to the seventies and fonduing with my family!

    I still have the ol’ pot; you’ve inspired me to dust it off!

  7. Caroline Csak says:

    Fondues take me back to being a young girl in the UK in the 70’s. For our birthdays, my sister and I and our best friends, also sisters, would go ice-skating at the ice-rink in Bristol, and come home for a fondue dinner. Four times a year, for I don’t know how many years…
    Needless to say we weren’t very good skaters – hence my limited abilities out on Lake Bonavista now. I can go forwards, but don’t ask me to look at any of the fancy houses because I have to keep my eyes on the ice – those cracks are lethal for one of my skill level!!

  8. Great idea! I’m going to be on the lookout for fondue pots while I’m out thrifting! Have a blessed week!

  9. Cynthia says:

    Have you ever tried the Tobelerone chocolate fondue recipe Jo-Anna? It’s deadly!

  10. What kind of wine’s complimented your fondue?

  11. I found your site after I googled “fondue dinner”. We fondue more often than the average Minnesotan and I was looking for some new ideas. Love your recipe for the Horseradish & Dijon Mustard Dip and the Peanut Sauce. Both were a hit. Even with my husband who is the fussiest eater alive. He thought the peanut sauce was “really nice”. That is the ultimate compliment!

  12. How many did these recipes serve? Thanks!

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