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Copy Cat Melting Pot Fondue

on 2.4.2013 at 1:25pm
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Dining at fondue restaurants such as The Melting Pot is always delicious, but it doesn’t always fit into our budget. With Valentines day coming up I thought I might give you a little heads up on how to host a frugal “fun-do” dinner for two.

Fondue Need to Know:

For each course you will want to have a separate pot on hand for cheese, broth/oil and chocolate. That way you won’t have to waste time washing your fondue pot in between each course!

There are two common ways to cook fondue cheese or chocolate at home, either with a fondue kit which uses a Sterno fuel cell or using a stove top double broiler. You never want to heat up fondue cheese or chocolate in a pot directly on top of the stove. This usually results in burned and over cooked dipping sauce which can be extremely disappointing.

For the main course, using broth or oil, you may use direct heat from the stove but be careful to keep it at a low simmer. You do not want to overcook your meat, making it tough and dry.

For your first and third courses you will want a significant amount of your base cheese or chocolate (several cups), adding only small amounts (teaspoons) of liquid ingredients. You can stir, test and add until the recipe is suited to your personal taste! Try mixing in a small amount of suggested seasoning for a little boosted flavor!

Cheese Fondue Ingredients

1. Swiss Cheese, Dry White Wine and Brandy

2. Emmental and Gruyere Cheese, Dry White Wine and Kirsch

3. Cheddar – Mild or Sharp, Cream and Worcestershire Sauce

To add a little flavor to these recipes use a combination of: Nutmeg, Lemon Juice, Garlic and other spices!

Dipping: Some great things to dip in cheese fondue are small cubes of bread, carrots, broccoli and apples.

Oil or Broth

1. Oil: Peanut or Canola Oil

2. Broth: Vegetable Stock, Vegetable Both

Dipping: Small chunks of chicken, beef or shrimp work best! 1-2 inch chicken and steak pieces take 2-3 minutes to cook. Shrimp only take about 1 minute!

Be sure that you oil or broth is hot enough to cook the meat of your choice thoroughly. This means that it should be slightly boiling. Always be careful when handle raw meat! Be sure your meat, especially chicken, is well cooked before you eat it!

Chocolate Fondue Ingredients

2-4 oz Dark, Milk or White Chocolate – In chip or small disk form

2 oz Sundae Caramel Sauce

For extra flavor add a little extract; such as almond, orange or vanilla.  Also try adding in 1 oz chopped pecans.

Dipping: Some of my favorites are small cubes of pound cake, marshmallows and pretzels. Don’t forget the fresh cut fruit! Apples, bananas, pineapple and strawberries… yumm!

For a mix of savory and sweet, fry up some bacon to dip in your dark or milk chocolate!

 

    • mossy30553

      Awesome! Thanks!!

    • Lynn Rafuls

      Yummy! Thanks for these great ideas! We love the Melting Pot, but the price just isn’t in the budget right now, so I will definitely try this.

    • lidia

      Does anyone know where I could buy the Sterno fuel at? I bought the fondue pot at a second hand store and I don’t know where I could find the fuel at.
      Thank you.

      • ASMITH

        Sams Club

      • Most grocery stores will have this near the charcoal.

      • KR

        Party stores have it as well

    • Meme007

      We have used fondue on a family fun night for many, many years. We have an electric one so we always pulled the table to the wall and the adults sit on each side next to the cord. We also cooked for our younger kids. Remember the forks are very hot so the food should be removed before serving to young ones. (I know, you are talking about WITHOUT the kids! But it is fun with them also.)

      We also keep paper towels under the meat to keep it very dry as the juices will spatter in oil. We love mushroom caps with stems. Using a horseradish sauce with mushrooms and beef tips is really good.

      We only do chocolate or cheese for parties.

      Cooking slowly, taking turns, allows for good conversation. Be sure to have other munchies so no one gets hungry between turns.

      By the way, there were nine of us around the fondue pot. So it can be done.

    • lidia

      Thank you Jenny!

    • Rachel

      For you non-drinkers out there: Our family recipe for cheese fondue uses apple juice instead of wine/kirsch.

      Shred 1 pound of ementhaler/gruyere (we use a mix). Put it in a paper sack and add 1 T cornstarch. Shake to coat. This will prevent the cheese from lumping. Heat 3/4 c apple juice on the stove until steam is coming off, but it isn’t boiling. Add the shredded cheese by handfuls, stirring as it melts. Dissolve 1 T cornstarch in 1/4 c apple juice. Stir that into the cheese mix once it is all melted. It will help thicken and smooth the cheese mixture. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top and serve.

      This recipe is BETTER than the Melting Pot! We dip squares of french bread, apple slices, and mushrooms.