Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine's Day Fondue

We think this is our 3rd year making fondue for Valentine's Day dinner with our kids. It is not necessarily the easiest dinner to make, because the clean up requires cleaning a lot of dishes.

When we served the fondue, I created a double-boiler with a small slow cooker. On the table, I set the slow cooker on low and added a little boiling water. I set a slightly larger metal bowl into the crock. I poured the finished sauce into the metal bowl to keep warm while we ate it.

Cheese Fondue

Recipe 1 garlic clove
150ml white wine (2/3 cups)
2t corn starch
400g shredded cheese (320g cheddar + 80g mozzarella) (total 4 cups)
pinch nutmeg (optional)

Dippable suggestions: broccoli, carrots, bread, tortilla chips, apples, cooked sausage
  1. Break the garlic in the pot & rub it around on the bottom and sides of a cool pot. Leave the garlic in the pot or throw it out. You choose.
  2. Mix the wine & corn starch in the pot. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the cheese to the warm wine. Mix thoroughly to combine.
  4. Optionally, add the nutmeg.
  5. Serve the cheese.

Chocolate Fondue

Recipe8oz heavy cream
12 oz chopped chocolate
pinch of salt

Dippable suggestions: graham crackers, large marshmallows, cookies, strawberries, apples, macaroons
  1. Heat the cream over medium-low heat. When it is very warm, but not simmering, add the chocolate
  2. Mix thoroughly until a smooth mixture.
  3. Add salt and mix to combine
  4. Serve the chocolate.

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