Friday, March 30, 2012

Fondu Frenzy

If you have never tried fondu before, this is a very fun activity to do for your next family meal. Fondu pots can be found for as little as $20 - 30 a piece - even less if you keep your eyes open at thrift stores and garage sales. You can go with just one, but it is even more fun if you have a couple for different recipes: cheese and chocolate recipes are a must.

Here are a few recipes for you to try. Fresh veggies and cubes of bread are awesome in cheese and fresh fruit tastes great in chocolate. Play around with the combinations that you like the best.

Simple Cheese Fondu

Cheddar Cheese Soup w/ 1/4 cup water

Swiss Cheese Fondu

  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 pound shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 pound shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Simmer wine in fondue pot. Add Swiss cheese, Gruyere cheese, 1/4 pound at a time. Stir after each addition of cheese until melted. Stir in flour. When all the cheese has melted, stir in salt and nutmeg.
Cider Cheese Fondu
  • 3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
In a large saucepan, bring cider to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Toss the cheeses with cornstarch and pepper; stir into cider. Cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. Transfer to a small ceramic fondue pot or slow cooker; keep warm.

Basic Cheese Fondu

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground dry mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
In a medium saucepan over low heat, mix together milk, Worcestershire sauce, ground dry mustard, garlic and flour. Heat until almost boiling. Gradually stir in Cheddar cheese. Continue heating until all the cheese has melted. Keep the mixture warm and melted in a fondue dish.  

Super Easy Chocolate Fondu

Chocolate fudge ice cream topping

Chocolate-Mocha Fondu

  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cherry brandy
  • 1 tablespoon strong brewed coffee
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Combine chocolate, cream, brandy, coffee and cinnamon in a fondue pot over a low flame (or in a saucepan over low heat). Heat until melted, stirring occasionally. Serve at once.  

Basic Chocolate Fondu

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In heavy saucepan, over medium heat, melt chocolate chips and butter with EAGLE BRAND® and water. Cook and stir constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. 

picture taken from Laura's Best Recipes
all recipes taken from All Recipes. com

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