Years ago, I got a fondue set. I think I can count on one hand how many times I have used it. It’s one of those things you buy with intentions to use it (how hard is it to make fondue you tell yourself!?), but it somehow gets pushed to the back of the cupboard and starts collecting dust.
Have a bit of family fun and get that fondue set out!
You don’t need to go out and buy a special fondue set if you don’t have one, just make it in a small saucepan and transfer it to the table. If it starts to thicken, reheat it slowly over low heat, or transfer it to a microwave-safe dish and warm through.
You can buy fondue forks, but regular forks, or even skewers will do the job. Just be careful if using skewers!
Here are some simple ideas for a fondue get together.
Quick Cheese and Mustard Fondue
Combine 250g grated gruyère cheese and 2 tsp cornflour in a bowl. Melt 1 tbs butter in a small pan. Cook 2 finely chopped eschalots over low heat until soft. Add ¼ cup dry white wine. Bring to the boil. Whisk in 2 tbs thickened cream, 2 tsp dijon mustard, pinch nutmeg and then the cheese mixture. Whisk until smooth and combined. Season. Serve.
Cheese Fondue goes well with…
Endive, Radish, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Potatoes, Carrot, Celery, Asparagus, Apple, Pear, Grapes, Beetroot, Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Capsicum and Cucumber.
Bread, Toast, Chorizo, Salami, Ham, Bacon, Sausages and Gherkins.
Replace wine with beer – try a Pale or Dark Ale.
Add flavourings like: Mustard, Chives, Black Pepper, Paprika, Thyme and Rosemary.
Now…. I better mention chocolate fondue… Its super easy, kids (and adults!) will love it and its melted chocolate – Need I say more?
Heat 300mls thickened cream in a saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling. Place 300g chopped dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Pour hot cream mixture over chocolate. Stir with a metal spoon until melted and smooth. Serve.
Alcoholic version: Stir 1-2 tbs of orange, coffee, hazelnut or any of your other favourite liqueurs into the cream before adding it to the chocolate.
Chocolate Fondue goes well with…
Berries, Cherries, Apple, Pear, Grapes, Mango, Pineapple, Banana, Citrus and Kiwifruit.
Marshmallows, Coconut Macaroons, Biscuits, Biscotti, Candy Canes, Gingerbread, Meringue, Chewy Caramels, Doughnut Pieces, Waffle Pieces, Potato Crisps, Pretzels and Bacon.
This kitchenink recipe is also published on the Castle Towers website.