January 12, 2010

do you fondue?

As one of our wedding presents Chris's mom gave us a fondue pot. I am embarrassed to say that until a couple of weeks ago we hadn't even taken it out of the box. But for Christmas this year I received two fondue cookbooks. So a couple of weekends ago we had a few friends over for some fondue. Lets just say it was a major success!

We made a cheese and a chocolate fondue, with both recipes coming from The Fondue Bible. Enjoy!

Quick Cheese Fondue
6 oz aged Cheddar cheese, grated
2 oz sharp processed Cheddar cheese, grated
1 clove garlic, halved
1/2 cup unsweetened apple cider
1 (10 oz) can condensed cheese soup
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. In a bowl, combine old Cheddar and sharp Cheddar cheese. Set aside.
2. Rub the inside of a large saucepan with cut sides of garlic. Discard garlic. Add cider and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in cheese soup; mix until thoroughly blended.
3. Without reducing heat, add cheese mixture by handfuls to saucepan, stirring constantly after each addition until cheese is melted and smooth. Stir in Worcestershire. Season to taste with pepper. Transfer to fondue pot and serve immediately.

Black and White Chocolate Fondue
3/4 cup whipping cream
8 oz white chocolate, chopped
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp Amaretto or Kahlua
4 oz semisweet chocolate chips

1. In the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water, heat cream until warm. Add white chocolate, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
2. Stir in vanilla and Kahlua. Transfer immediately to dessert fondue pot. Stir in chocolate chips with a butter knife to create a swirl effect.


Kate said...

Those recipes look so good! Now I'm kind of wishing we had registered for a fondue pot.... I looove cheese fondue. I could eat it till I was 400 pounds!

Jeane said...

Thanks for posting the cheese fondue recipe. We love our fondue set but always have a hard time getting the right cheese. It's always either way too thick or too runny, but never right. I'll have to try out yours!!!

Ashley said...

Kate- The fondue pot pictured above is actually a $20 pot from Bed Bath and Beyond. It works wonderfully! I suggest trying it out if you have an extra $20 :o). We also have a fancier one that we got for the wedding that we used for our chocolate fondue, but they both worked about the same, as far as I could tell anyway.

Jeane- I think the good thing about this cheese recipe is that it has the cheese soup. I felt like that really helped out the consistency. Hope it works for you!