What exactly is a fondue party ? As its name suggests, a fondue party centers around a pot of fondue , also known as melted cheese or chocolate served with an assortment of food items (like raw vegetables, baguette slices, or fruit) for dipping.
Vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, and zucchini are delicious if roasted first. Or steam some green beans, pearl onions, and radishes, or a variety of baby potatoes like Yukon Gold, fingerling, red, or purple.
It’s that social way of eating where you dip all sorts of nibbles and small bites in gooey melted cheese or decadent melted chocolate. You may not know this, but you can also enjoy fondue for dinner by dipping/cooking thinly sliced meats and par-cooked vegetables in either hot broth or oil.
MY TIPS FOR A FONDUE PARTY If you’re going to host a large fondue dinner party, have more than one small fondue pot, or one large one fondue pot. Make sure there are enough skewer sticks for everyone. Save some time and cut/prep a lot of the food the night before.
Cheese Fondue Accompaniments Increase the bread options by serving a sourdough or walnut bread, and add a touch of healthiness to the meal by serving plenty of fresh vegetables: lightly blanched cauliflower or broccoli florets, fresh endive, and vinegary cornichons are all delicious.
What to Dip in Cheese Fondue Bread . The most classic and always delicious. Apples . Tart apples like Granny Smith are dreamy dipped with cheese fondue. Cherry Tomatoes. One of my absolute favorites! Bacon. Even better than you think it’s going to taste. Roasted Baby Potatoes. Steamed Broccoli . Pickles.
Dippers for Cheese Fondue : Chunks of fresh bread. Fresh Vegetables: grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms. Roasted Vegetables: cauliflower, potatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms. Pickles. Charcuterie Meat.
Meat and seafood must be precooked if dipping in fondue that is not hot enough to cook safely (i.e. cheese fondue ). Precook vegetables if dipping in a cheese fondue .
The Best Cut of Pork for Fondue Pork is another meat that will cook well in a fondue. However, like beef, it needs to be a cut like a tenderloin or a cutlet, which has little fat and no sinew. Cheaper cuts will be tough and chewy. As with chicken, you need to ensure pork is cooked all the way through before eating it.
While it may seem like there are a lot of rules, fondue is a fun, playful meal . Perhaps the most interesting rule of all is “the pledge.” If somebody loses a piece of food into the pot, the table gets to make them do one thing.
The Best Cheese For Fondue A Perfect Combination – Swiss Cheese Fondue. Our very favorite option for fondue is a mixture of 3 types of Swiss cheese . Gruyere . Gruyere cheese is a yellow Swiss cheese that is hard in block form. Gouda. The next best cheese option for your fondue is gouda cheese. Fontina. Fontina is another Swiss cheese . Comte Cheese.
Choose whether to cook your meat in oil or broth . Consider broth if you want to add more flavor to the meat. Use oil for a more traditional meat fondue . Suitable oil types include vegetable, canola, grapeseed, and peanut. Thoroughly dry meat pieces before cooking to prevent oil from splashing out of the fondue pot.
Directions Start pot on stovetop. Mix ingredients over med-low heat until melted. Move to fondue stand. Dip the chosen dippers into the melted cheese. Enjoy!
7 Tips for a Successful Fondue Party The More Pots the Merrier. While fondue pots come with six to eight forks, it’s nearly impossible for that many people to share one pot, unless you are crowded around a very small round table. Know Your Meat Safety. Hot Pot. Manage the Mess. Fondue Fridge Clean-Out. Perfect Prepping. Dazzle with Extras.