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Friday, November 5, 2010

Retro Fondue Party Menu

A fondue theme dinner party is easy to put together and something that will provide fun for all ages. Fondue comes from the French language meaning "to melt." Fondue can be made in a special fondue pot but can also be created in a crock pot, microwave or saucepan. If using the microwave or saucepan place pan or microwave bowl on a electric hot plate. Set on low and stir often.

Use your Fondue pot as your centerpiece. Include sticks for your food and have each family member or guest pick out a dipper to bring to the party. Ideas could be bread cubes, ham chunks, chicken cubes, fresh vegetables or one of the dessert dippers below.

Gourmet Cheese Fondue

1 cup chicken broth
1 clove garlic minced
1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese or Monterey jack cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup chicken broth
French bread cut in cubes, sausages, cubed cooked chicken, whole mushrooms

In saucepan add chicken broth and garlic together. Allow to heat. Turn heat to medium-low and add cheeses. Stir constantly until melted. Add salt and Worcestershire sauce. In separate glass or bowl add cornstarch with cold chicken broth. Whip together. Blend into cheese mixture and stir until well blended. Pour into a fondue pot or crock pot. Serve with French bread or other dippers.

Quick & Simple Cheese Dip

Melt in a microwave bowl:
8 oz. of Velveeta cheese
1-2 Tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, optional

Serve immediately with French bread or sourdough bread cubes and cut up vegetables.

Cheesy Pizza Fondue

1 (30 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (1 pound) loaf unsliced Italian bread,cut into cubes

In a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker, combine the spaghetti sauce, cheeses, oregano, onion and garlic powder. Cook for 4-6 hours or until cheese is melted and sauce is hot. Serve with bread cubes.

Dessert Fondue Theme Dinner Recipes

Chocolate Fondue

6-ounce semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup half and half
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sliced fruits such as strawberries, bananas, peaches, etc.
Angel food cake cut in cubes

Melt chocolate chips and half and half in a microwave safe dish. Stirring often. Add vanilla extract and pour mixture into a fondue pot or crock pot. Serve with dippers.

Chocolate Fondue in the Crock Pot

1 1/2 teaspoon butter
8 oz. chocolate candy bars with almonds
1 1/2 Cups mini marshmallows
3 Tablespoons milk
1/2 Cup whipped cream

Rub crock pot with butter. Put in candy bars, marshmallows and milk. Cook for 30 minutes until melted. Add cream and keep lid on to keep warm until serving. Dip strawberries, pound cake, bananas, apple slices or marshmallows.

Caramel Fondue

14 oz. caramels unwrapped
2/3 Cup cream
1/2 Cup mini marshmallows

Mix caramels and cream in crock pot. Cook for 2-3 hours Add marshmallows 30 minutes before serving. Stir to combine. Dip apple slices, marshmallows, pound cake or bananas in fondue.

Strawberry Fondue

1 teaspoon grated orange
1 lb. fresh strawberries, smashed
4 oz. plain yogurt

Mix ingredients together and warm in crock pot or saucepan on low. Serve with small pieces of angel food cake.

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