I love getting together with the girls to hang out. We’re all so busy that it’s hard to keep up with what’s going on in each other’s lives – new jobs, kids, relationships and the list goes on.
We decided to get together a few weeks ago while the guys were away in Canada on a snowmobile trip. Our plan? A fondue party. Fondue is perfect for slow, casual relaxing. Besides it’s a good reason to dust off that fondue pot. I mean, who has time to fondue on a regular basis?
Here’s how we organized it:
- Kelly – fondue pot and fixings for chocolate fondue
- Ellen – fruit and angel food cake for dipping into the chocolate fondue
- Jennifer – beef, chicken and dipping sauces
- Kathy & Karen – Wine
- Me – fondue pot, scallops, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, bread and fixings for the cheese fondue & oil
We enjoyed the oil and cheese fondue together. In one fondue pot, we heated canola oil to cook the beef, scallops and chicken. Jennifer made several dipping sauces – Asian-style, sour cream/horseradish, curry and spicy remoulade.
For the cheese, I used a classic cheese fondue recipe from my Better Homes and Garden Fondue book (1972): 12 ounces Swiss cheese, 4 ounces Gruyere. Shred both and toss with 1 1/2 teaspoons of corn starch. Rub the inside of the fondue pot with garlic and then add 1 cup dry white fruity wine and a splash of lemon juice. Heat but don’t let it come to a boil. Then pour into the fondue pot and start dipping.
Kelly made the chocolate fondue while the rest of us did a quick clean up and cut up the cake and fruit to dip into the chocolate. She found this recipe and it was wonderful!
If you decide to have a fondue party, you can simplify things. You might just want to do a cheese fondue and make a salad. Sometimes we’ll have mac and cheese and do an oil fondue with beef and chicken.
The point is to slow down, relax, savor and enjoy – not just the food but the people you’re sharing it with.
So pull out those fondue pots and get dipping!