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Fun with Fondue #27 -- Fondue for the holidays
December 09, 2014

Holiday meals come in all shapes and sizes. There are days of endless snacking, days with formal sit-down meals, and days with everything in between.

No matter what kind of meals you're planning on having, fondue can make a great addition to any of your holiday menus. You can include it as a snack or appetizer, make it a full meal or serve it for dessert.

This month's newsletter includes recipe recommendations for each of these scenarios, along with alcohol-free recipes for cheese fondue.

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:

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. Considering all the rich meals you'll be having over the holidays, broth fondue may make a lot of sense with its lower calorie count.

Never had or hosted a broth fondue dinner? I've got all of the information you'll need, complete with a full menu (appetizers, home-made broth, perfectly paired dips, side dishes and dessert), tips and organized grocery list here:

How to Host a Greek-Inspired Beef Broth Fondue Dinner

BestFondue volume 2: Greek-Inspired Broth Fondue

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.)

Fondue Tip of The Month

There are plenty of reasons why you may want to host a non-alcoholic cheese fondue over the holiday season, so here's a list of cheese fondue recipes without alcohol.

Alcohol-Free Cheese Fondue Recipes

Cheddar and Dry Mustard Fondue

Swiss Cheese, Porcini Mushrooms & Ham Fondue

Cream Cheese, Cream, Gruyère & Parmesan Fondue

Cream Cheese, Cheddar & Crab Fondue

Cream Cheese & Cream Fondue

Swiss Cheese & Cream of Shrimp Soup Fondue

Blue Cheese Fondue

Bacon, Tomato & Velveeta Fondue

Swiss, Cheddar & Gouda Cheese Fondue with Cranberries

Modifying Other Cheese Fondue Recipes

You can still enjoy an alcohol-free version of most of the other recipes listed on with the following substitutions, using the same quantities:

  • Beer: You can use "non-alcoholic beer", chicken broth for light beer or beef broth for heavier beer. White grape juice or mushroom/vegetable broth could also work. Unsure? Sample some of your cheese (to be used in the recipe) with the liquid in question and a dash of the spices listed in the recipe. If the combination works for you, it should work in the recipe.
  • White wine: white grape juice or unsweetened apple juice are probably your best options.
  • Apple cider: unsweetened apple juice.
  • Champagne: sparkling white grape juice or ginger ale.
  • Kirsch: grape juice or skip it entirely.

Food For Thought

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."

- Virginia Woolf

Merry Christmas and I wish you all the best in 2015!

May the new year include plenty of delicious meals shared with wonderful friends.

That's it for now. Want more fondue tips and ideas?

Visit the site and browse through my collection of fondue recipes or explore my fondue site in French.

You'll hear back from me in 2015.

Until then, be careful with open flames, and have fun with fondue!


Caroline Begin

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