Saturday Night – Fondue with the Ladies

Last night was a treat! A few ladies got together to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday at the Melting Pot. Yum, melting cheese and chocolate (separate of course, but equally wonderful in their own right.) There were only four of us – but I’m pretty sure we ate (and drank) like there were at least six of us.

Fondue is served in courses. The first course is cheese, second a plated salad, third meats and fourth dessert! I really don’t about the two middle courses, they are good but I’m into cheese and chocolate. A few opted for the “Big Night Out” which is currently a Latin theme, the cheese was Queso Fundido with sausage and a second Wisconsin Trio cheese.  The meats are marinated in various flavors including chili and chipotle. Finally, two chocolates Chocolate and Peanut butter and Chocolate Turtle. {This is when my food coma kicked in.}

Happy Birthday, Stacie! {The server gave a good attempt at the spelling!}

If you’ve never tried fondue, do yourself a favor and try it. I suggest for your first experience go to a resturant that specializes in it (i.e. The Melting Pot.) This way when you make it at home, you’ll have something to compare it too.

However, when you’re ready – here’s a little recipe for you!

Traditional Swiss Fondue

  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lb Swiss cheese
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Nutmeg to tasta

Rub the inside of your fondue pot with the garlic clove and add the clove to the pot (or discard). Heat up the wine and lemon juice on medium low heat. It should be hot but not boiling. {I’m a huge fan of the electric fondue pot. It’s just so easy to control the temperature of your cheese and they are fairly large – meaning you can serve two or ten with one pot!}

Mix the flour and cheese in a bowl, then slowly add to the fondue pot while stirring. Now add the pepper, salt and nutmeg while continuing to stir.

Serve with several cubed items like bread, apples, carrots, celery, mushrooms, etc.


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