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Home-Made Valentine’s Day Fondue

2011 February 15
by Chris

dippers for dinner cheese fondue


The past two years, Katy and I have tried to make Valentines day weekend a really special occasion.  We’ve splurged on taking a trip and/or going out to a fancy dinner.  However, this year, since we’re in the middle of wedding planning and trying to save up for a great honeymoon, we decided to keep it a little more low-key.  But keeping it low-key doesn’t mean that you can’t have an excellent time at home.

After work, I ran by the store and picked up a bouquet of roses (like every other man in Chapel Hill and Carrboro), and picked up a list of simple ingredients to make a fondue meal.

cheese fondueMain Course – Cheese Fondue

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • 1-1/2 cups dry white wine (MUST be dry – I used a Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Directions:

1) If you’re cooking this by yourself, make sure to slice whatever you want to dip in the fondue ahead of time.  We used avocado, an apple, and a french baguette.  The avocado was the favorite – it was delicious!

2) Toss together the cheese and flower in a large bowl.

3) Coat the bottom and sides of the fondue dish (if you have one) or saucepan/pot (which is what we used, because we don’t have a fondue dish) with the garlic.  Once you coat the dish, you can throw away the garlic.

4) Pour the wine into the dish and heat it up just until you see bubbles start to rise to the top.

5) With the heat on low, slowly add in the cheese/flour mix a little at a time, allowing it to melt.  Stir continuously until it is all melted together.

6) You can add more cheese or wine to achieve the desired consistency.  I added a little extra cheese to make it a little bit thicker.

7) If the cheese is too lumpy, add more lemon juice.  The acid makes it melt smoothly.  This is also why you use a dry whine like a Riesling or a Sauvignon Blanc, because they are more acidic.

7)  Serve immediately in either a heated fondue pot or do what we did – make a DIY fondue pot by simply placing the pot ontop of an electric griddle to keep it warm while you eat!

8) Dip and enjoy!


chocolate peanut butter fondue

Dessert – Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz unsweetened chocolate (that’s one chocolate bar)
  • 1 cup light cream or half and half (I used light cream)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

dessert dippers1) Again, make sure you have everything cut ahead of time so that it’s ready to eat as soon as it is warm.  We used pound cake, bananas, strawberries and marshmallows

2) In a saucepan, mix together the chocolate and light cream (or half and half).

3) Cook with low heat until it is smooth and blended.  Make sure to stir frequently.

4) Add sugar and cook for another minute or so, until the sugar actually dissolves into the mix.

5) Mix in the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.

6) Remove from heat and pour into a fondue pot if you have one, or thow the pot on the electric griddle.

7) Serve with all your dippers and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy our recipe for a delicious dipping Valentine’s Day.  What did you do for Valentine’s day?  Any other good recipes we should share?

katy dipping


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