Fondue has had a resurgence in popularity in recent years, as people have realized it is a delicious food and a fun, social way to eat dinner. In fact, there are even restaurant chains that offer a full modern fondue experience. It is also incredibly versatile, and you can offer dippers that are tailored to your family or guest's personal tastes.
Cheese fondue is a creamy, flavorful warmed cheese dipping sauce, into which you and your guests can dip all sorts of food items. This fondue, made with creamy Gruyere cheese, has a subtle garlic flavor.
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and halved
- 1 pound Gruyere cheese, grated
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup dry sherry
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- Pinch nutmeg
- Rub the garlic clove halves all around the inside of the fondue pot to scent it subtly. Discard the garlic or save it for another use.
- In a medium bowl, toss the cheese with the cornstarch.
- In the fondue pot on medium heat, bring the sherry, lemon juice, mustard, and nutmeg to a simmer, whisking to combine.
- Stir in the cheese and cornstarch. Cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese is smooth and melted. Keep the cheese mixture over medium low heat to use it. Serve with dippers.
Try the following dippers with cheese fondue:
- Slices of rye bread
- Sweet-tart apple slices, such as Honeycrisp
- Asparagus spears
- Cooked fingerling potatoes
- Blanched Brussels sprouts
Chinese Hotpot Fondue
This fondue is a deeply flavored broth made with Asian spices. Simmer the broth in the fondue pot for at least 2 hours for flavor development before using to cook meats and vegetables.
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger root
- 1 star anise
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- In a fondue pot, bring all ingredients to a simmer on medium-high. Simmer for 2 hours.
- Bring to a boil before dipping the dippers into the broth. Cook the dippers until done.
Use animal proteins, tofu, and blanched veggies in the boiling broth. Thinly slice the animal proteins so they cook quickly in the hot broth.
- Thinly sliced tofu
- Thinly sliced beef, pork, or chicken
- Medium-sized shrimp or prawns
- Bay scallops
- Blanched sliced carrots
- Green onions
- Shiitake mushrooms
The foods cooked in the Chinese hotpot recipe are delicious with dipping sauce. Try one of the following:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, the juice of 1 lime, 1 tablespoon of sriracha, and 1 teaspoon sugar.
- Combine Chinese hot mustard and sesame seeds.
Chocolate Fondue With Coffee Liqueur
This grown-up chocolate fondue is delicious and makes the perfect end to a meal.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate baking chips
- 3/4 cup coffee liqueur
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Pinch salt
- In your fondue pot on medium-low, combine the butter and chocolate and cook, stirring constantly, until melted.
- Stir in the coffee liqueur, heavy cream, and salt. Cook, stirring until smooth.
- Keep on low in the fondue pot and serve with dippers.
You can use a variety of dippers with this tasty fondue, including:
- Slices of angel food cake
- Hulled strawberries
- Banana slices
- Sliced peaches
A Modern Meal
While many people associated fondue with the 1970s, it is, in fact, a very modern meal. Contemporary fondue pots have varying heat settings instead of the Sterno cans for heating, and can make everything from cheese fondue to dessert fondues. They also come in varying sizes and materials perfect for home use. Many people enjoy fondue as an easy meal over which friends can socialize while enjoying delicious food.