Caroline here with the third issue of Fun with Fondue. This month, we'll tackle the question that seems to be on many people's mind when they discover fondue:
What is the appropriate serving size for fondue?
With so many different fondue types (cheese, chocolate, caramel, broth, oil, etc.), determining the serving size can be a tricky task. We'll discuss cheese fondue servings this month and tackle chocolate, hot oil and broth serving sizes in the coming months.
If you can't wait until then, you can read more about serving sizes here: http://www.bestfondue.com/how-to-make-fondue.html.
Monthly Fondue Tip - Serving Sizes - Part 1
Here are a few guidelines to get you on the right track. Please note that you may want to increase the following serving sizes when inviting guests with larger appetites and decrease them for small children. Since cheese fondue isn't a "healthy meal" per se, the following serving sizes will likely exceed the recommended calorie intake for a meal (if not a full day!) Cheese fondue is a very rich meal that should only be enjoyed in moderation!
If the serving sizes look too small to you, you can always buy a little extra. I normally get enough to feed one additional person (in case an unexpected guest shows up and/or if someone is hungrier than usual). It's always good to have a little extra cheese on hand in case your fondue mix is too runny and you don't want to wait until the extra liquid evaporates.
As for dippers, quantities will vary and some people prefer serving a selection of crusty bread, cooked meats, steamed veggies and/or raw fruit (like green apples, pears and grapes) while others tend to be more traditional and only serve bread. When planning your meal, add up all of your dippers, then divide them into the number of guests. Would one serving be too little, too much or perfect for you?
Cheese Fondue as an Appetizer
Plan for 3.5 oz (100 g) of cheese per person along with 2 servings of bread per person. If serving other dippers (cooked meat, steamed vegetables, etc.) adjust accordingly.
For example, the following cheese fondue recipe would be a great appetizer for 5 to 6 people: and you could serve it with a full French baguette and a few pieces of steamed broccoli.
This cheese fondue recipe would be a good and festive cheese appetizer for 4 people.
Cheese Fondue as a Meal
Plan for about 7 oz (200 g) of cheese per person.
For example, this cheddar fondue recipe should be good for 3 to 4 adults as a meal. Make sure to get enough dippers! I recommend 2 servings of bread per person in addition to 2 to 3 servings of steamed vegetables, cooked meat, etc.
The following cheese fondue recipe would be a good cheese fondue meal for 4 people, served with 4 or 5 pearl potatoes (cooked but still firm) per person with 1 or 2 French baguette(s) to share.
As mentioned earlier, the information I provided here should only be used as a guideline. Appetites vary greatly, so use these serving sizes as a starting point and adjust based on your guests, time of day, diet requirements, etc.
We'll tackle the other fondue types in the coming months, but you can get some information now by visiting this fondue page.
Monthly Recipe Recommendation
With all this cheese fondue talk, I can't help but recommend a family-friendly cheese fondue recipe this month.
This delicious alcohol-free fondue recipe uses cheddar cheese, which is normally well liked by children:
With about 700g (1.5 lb) of cheese, it's the perfect (quite filling) meal for a family of 4 or 5 (2 adults and 2 to 3 children). This meal may be a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables… You can steam broccoli and cauliflower florets, which will taste great in the cheese mixture!
Share your Thoughts on Fondue Equipment
I've started to post reviews on specific fondue pots and sets. If you own any of the following, please share your opinions at the bottom of the appropriate page so other fondue fans can make an educated decision before purchasing a new fondue pot.
If you don't already own a pot, I recommend you read these before making a decision.
More reviews will be posted in the near future, so stay posted!
Food For Thought - Food Quote
"Bachelor's fare: bread and cheese, and kisses."
- Jonathan Swift, (1667-1745)
That's it for now. Feel free to visit our site and browse through our collection of fondue recipes.
You'll hear back from me around mid-May.
Until then, be careful with open flames and have fun with fondue!
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