Summer is wrapping up…
Kids will be starting school in just a few days...
Days are getting cooler…
These facts of life simply mean that I'll be hosting more fondue dinners in the coming months!
And with this in mind, I thought I would take this opportunity to share some tips and ideas on what fondue games to play when your guests inadvertently drop their dippers into the fondue pot.
Monthly Fondue Tip - Fondue Punishments and Fondue Games
Do you want to tease those who lose their dippers in the pot? Adding games and punishments to your fondue events can definitely spice things up!
You can read my recommended fondue punishments here.
How about making a game out of stealing your friends' dippers without getting caught?
Learn how this game started for me and how you too can play the fondue fork thievery game during your next fondue dinner.
Looking to plan an extraordinary fondue event? I recommend hosting a murder mystery fondue night. I've done it and it can be a lot of fun with the right crowd! Read more here.
Monthly Recipe Recommendation
This month, I recommend Italian-breaded chicken fondue in hot oil.
Make sure to keep your chicken pieces to a maximum size of 1 inch cubed (2.5 cm on each side). Of course, I'm not asking you to measure your pieces, but the larger the pieces, the longer you'll have to leave them in the oil to cook.
Choosing Your Fondue Oil
Some people have contacted me to ask about using olive oil in oil fondue….
It all comes down to the oil's smoke point. Higher is better when frying food.
Refined avocado and high-oleic canola oils have a higher smoke point than olive oil, which makes them more suitable when you fry food. That being said, if you choose to go with olive oil, opt for the "extra light" or "pomace" olive oils instead of the "virgin" or "extra-virgin" olive oils, which should only be used for salad dressings and other "colder" usage.
I'm NOT a nutritionist, but this is how I understand it. Read more about the smoke point here.
Recommended Drinks and Side Dishes
To accompany the cooked chicken, try the garlic lemon dip, the cottage cheese dip and tomato and ginger dip.
As side dishes, I recommend basmati rice, Caesar salad, cheeses and assorted pickled vegetables. Pair with a Pinot Grigio or your favorite pale lager. For dessert, why not splurge on an ice cream cake?
Don't forget to share your comments with other fondue fans at the bottom of the recipe page after your fondue meal!
Food For Thought
"What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others."
- Diogenes, 320 BC, Greek Philosopher
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 in September.
Until then, be careful with open flames and have fun with fondue!