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I have a fondness for fondue dinners. It all started back when my husband was stationed in Germany and we went to a church party at a Major's home, who was a member or our congregation. They had a really nice quarters, and they hosted this fondue party. It was so much fun. There were several kinds of fondue, a large assortment of things to dip, plus other appetizers. We all walked around the table multiple times just talking and eating as we stood for a while, and then filling our plates and talking and enjoying ourselves even more. That party was the perfect mix of food and people. I have tried to replicate it, but haven't really come close. But, my love of fondue, partly because of my memory of that party, has not waned.
Now that school is back in for many, a special fun dinner is just the ticket for a family to de-stress and just enjoy some time together. Maybe you can create a long lasting memory of your own. Fondue is fun with a lot of people enjoying it, and also just for 2 or 3! Maddy is vegan, so she won't be eating the cheese and chocolate fondues with my husband and I tonight, but she can join in with many of the dippers and use some vegan dressings as a dip. There are always options.
For a family get together, a great idea is to have a larger variety of fondues and assign lots of things to dip. I like to give everyone a little cup to hold their fondue in on their plate, instead of them doing multiple dippings back into the pot. That protects everyone from double dippers! If you don't have enough fondue forks, you can use skewers or just regular forks.
I know that the word "fondue" might sound intimidating, but it means "melted" and virtually everything goes! You can use many different kinds of cheese, hot oil for cooking thin cuts of meat right in the pot, savory sauces, like a marinara. For dessert, chocolate is always a favorite, but you can do caramel or marshmallow and for dippers you are only limited by your imagination.
I am sharing 2 recipes with you today. One is a main course or even an appetizer. The other is a dessert.
First, a goat cheese fondue that you will love!
For dipping I simply used things I already had on hand, pan grilled chicken chunks, zucchini, carrots, french bread. You could also use crackers, peppers and any veggies you would like.
For dessert, Chocolate Fondue! This recipe whips up in no time.
If you don't already have a fondue pot, I am sharing some links to some here. Do you have any fondue memories? How about recipes or favorite things to dip? Share with us in the comments!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!