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Fun with Fondue #43 - Holiday fondue ideas
December 19, 2016
Christmas is less than a week away. Are you excited?
If you haven’t decided what you'll eat on Christmas Eve yet, this month's newsletter should help. I've got a few holiday fondue ideas for you, including some "fast options" and some "longer/cook from scratch options". I'll also cover various scenarios where fondue can be served: as a snack or appetizer (or buffet item), as a featured full meal, or as a dessert.
Monthly Recipe Idea
Fondue as a Snack or Appetizer
If you have people walking around and snacking on various things, then the following cheese fondue recipe with red cranberries and green chives, served with pieces of French baguette, green and red apple slices, pepperoni slices and steamed broccoli florets would be wonderfully festive:
No time to make it from scratch? Buy a pre-made cheese fondue pack like the one featured here: http://www.bestfondue.com/all-fondue-sets.html#Cheese.
Simply heat it up (following the instructions on the box). Of course, you could add a few finely chopped cranberries and chive to make it festive. Same dippers would work here as well.
Fondue as an Entrée
If your family wants to sit down, chat, relax, and laugh over a delicious meal, then I recommend broth or oil fondue. Basically, you cook pieces of meat in either a flavorful broth or hot oil, then you dip these cooked meat pieces into one of several dips. You can serve broth/oil fondue with side dishes like salad, potatoes, etc.
You've never hosted an oil or broth fondue dinner? I've got all of the information you need, complete with a perfectly-paired menu (appetizers, three dips, side dishes and dessert), tips and organized grocery list here:
BestFondue volume 2: Greek-Inspired Broth Fondue:
BestFondue volume 3: French-Inspired Oil Fondue:
No time to cook from scratch? Here's how you can quickly whip up a broth-fondue meal.
For broth: Use two packets of Lipton onion soup mixture and prepare enough broth to fill your pot(s) 1.5 times. For example, if your pot holds 2 liters (8 cups) of liquid, bring 3 liters (12 cups) of water to a boil, then add the soup mixture and simmer until onions are soft. The broth will evaporate during your meal, so keep the extra broth warm on the stove top (covered).
As for dips: pick 3 salad dressings/meat sauces that you really like, but be diverse. For example, some sort of BBQ sauce, some creamy salad dressing, and some mustard-based sauce. Then serve with side dishes like salad, rice, potatoes, bread, etc.
If you need help with quantities, visit this page and scroll to the bottom: http://www.bestfondue.com/how-to-make-fondue.html
Fondue as a Dessert
You can't go wrong with chocolate fondue. Toblerone seems to be a popular chocolate choice over the holidays, so why not use it to make chocolate fondue?
Serve it with a selection of fresh fruit or dessert bites (donuts, poundcake, soft pretzel, etc.)
Don't want to cook? Find out more about chocolate fondue mixes here: http://www.bestfondue.com/chocolate-for-fondue.html#pots
Food For Thought
- Paulo Coelho
Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah
& Happy New Year!
I wish you and your family lots of happiness, laughter, health, and success in 2017.
That's it for now. Want more fondue tips and ideas?
You'll hear back from me in 2017.
Until then, be careful with open flames, and have fun with fondue!
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