Fondue Recipe Round-Up

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When we got married we were given two electric fondue sets as wedding gifts. We decided to keep both of them. And for four years they were both used once a year, on Valentine’s Day. It became our Valentine’s tradition to have fondue that night, and because we had two pots, we could do one cheese fondue and one chocolate fondue without having to worry about clean up between courses.

After Firecracker was born we still managed to make fondue his first Valentine’s Day. That was three years ago.

Those poor fondue sets have been sitting at the top of cupboard in SoCal for two straight years. They’ll probably continue to sit there until we leave here in 2020. Maybe February 2021 (wow that looks weird!) the boys will be old enough to be trusted around warm devices?

Or maybe, this round-up I’ve created will inspire us to have a date night at home the next Parents’ Night Out hosted at our wonderful church!

Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue Round-Up | Sew You Think You Can Cook

  • You know that fondue I mentioned having made back in 2015? It was this one from Tara’s Multicultural Table – Caramelized Shallot Gruyere Fondue. My photos of the night were lost in camera fiasco of 2018, but I assure you, Tara’s are much better anyway.
  • Chef Markus discoverd the secret to authentic Swiss Cheese Fondue and has shared it with his readers at Earth, Food, and Fire.
  • Traditional cheese fondue is typically made with gruyere cheese, which can tend to tip the grocery budget. Shari, of The Root Family Review, developed a Frugal Cheese Fondue using shredded Monterey Jack and Parmesan. I’m all for saving some money and still delivering on taste!
  • When I think about fondue I tend to think of a romantic candlelit dinner, typically geared towards the ladies. I know because, while my husband does enjoy fondue, he’s typically still hungry after the meal. Erica hit it out of the park with these Beer Brats in Blankets and Smoked Gouda Fondue!
  • Rachel pulled out all the stops for her Valentine’s Dinner with a Surf and Turf Cheese Fondue. I always pair cheese fondue with bread, chips, veggies, and apples. Why didn’t I think of using meat or even shrimp!?

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue Round-Up | Sew You Think You Can Cook

  • Chocolate lava cake is a classic Valentine’s dessert, and Gretchen turned it into 3-Ingredient Chocolate Lava Dip. Seriously, I’m sold!
  • Even if you don’t like dark chocolate, you need to go read Mystique’s post about taking full advantage of all five of your senses while eating. It will make you want to make some Dark Chocolate Fondue for Two and shut out the world!
  • Can you even have a section about chocolate and not mention its soul mate peanut butter?! Michelle figured out a way to make fondue night happen with her kids with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fondue. Now, I don’t know how old her two boys are, but I’m definitely hopeful again!
  • White chocolate tends to be a sensitive topic when it comes to chocolate discussions, but I’m all for it! Especially if that white chocolate is paired with champagne and turned into fondue! Thank you, Blair, for sharing this White Chocolate Champagne Fondue with the Internet.
  • There can be fondue for everyone thanks to Laura’s Dairy-Free Chocolate Fondue – unless your Valentine can’t have coconut – but for all the rest of you out there, grab a strawberry and dig in!

White Chocolate Amaretto Fondue

Valentine’s Day isn’t my favorite holiday. I don’t decorate for it and we don’t exchange cards or gifts. I didn’t even have festive kitchen towels until last year! Now that I’m a mom I’ll probably get more into the holiday. Especially once the little man hits school and has to have a Valentine’s Box. Assuming schools are still doing that tradition in 2019!

That being said, one tradition that I have implemented after getting married is having fondue! We received two fondue pots from our wedding and kept both of them.

You may recall that last year I didn’t post a fondue recipe. I promise you I’m not making this up for this blog post. (If you follow me on twitter you might have noticed that during last weekend’s #SundaySupper twitter chat I spent an hour answering questions with “fondue!”) I simply didn’t have any pictures from our previous years! And if I could have remember what recipes I found and followed it would have been a miracle. In 2012 I even did both savory cheese and sweet chocolate fondues – that’s the beauty of having kept both fondue sets.

I only did slightly better last year. I did pull out my camera and had a lot of fun taking pictures. But… I forgot to save what recipe I followed! Not that they’re very different from each other. White chocolate. Cream. Amaretto. Except that because the alcohol wouldn’t cook out of the fondue and I was pregnant I took the conservative approach and used almond extract instead.

Fondue

I wish you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend, however you decide to celebrate. Don’t forget to tell the people in your life how much you love them!