Fonduing It

I just inherited a lovely fondue pot. However, having never actually prepared fondue myself, I'm a bit bewildered as how to proceed from here... As I stare at my newly acquired fondue pot, questions bubble up around me, What temperature do you cook fondue at? What is the ideal cheese fondue recipe? Is there a protocol for cleaning?... Help!

(Also, for the record - I'm equally interested in creating cheese or chocolate fondue. Who doesn't love both, right?)

Have you ever prepared your own fondue pot? If so, what is your recipe du jour. I know I could easily google the answer, but I always find blog comments sometimes have a bit more presence and helpful hints than an obscure website. Please send your fondue vibes my way!


Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh my friend does he best mix of cheeses...I will email her so she can let you know:)
Have a great one

Laughter-Loving Stacy said...

Oh my gosh, I grew up eating cheese fondue! I'll have to e-mail my Mom. :)

ashley maureen said...

i have never prepared fondue either! i'm interested to see what your readers suggest.

olivia rae said...

I haven't, but I know it's not too difficult. A fondue pot is such a great purchase, I'm really tempted to get one but a little hesitant since I have no self-control when it comes to melted cheese, chocolate, etc.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I never prepared fondue, but the one on the pic looks so inviting... yummm!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I LOVE fondue!! The Melting Pot is my favorite restaurant!! I've never prepared it myself tho! Sorry can't help! Have a good one tho!

Erin said...

My husband is the fondue maker in our house. It is the most delicious, cheesy, delightful thing to eat, EVER! I'll ask him for the recipe when he gets home tonight, but basically it's emmenthal and gruyere cheese (grate it up for a quicker melt), dry white wine, garlic, a teeny bit of kirsch... We usually start it on the stove and then move the fondue pot over onto the table above its little burner. Love to dip bread and veggies in it. But mostly bread!

Becky said...

Yum, love fondue! Don't have a recipe myself though, my mother always makes it. Think she just melts hard cheeses (emmental, gruyere etc) in the pot with some kirsch, wine, and garlic rubbed round the inside of the bowl beforehand. Good luck!

Lori said...

This is my favorite:

Stevie said...

One of the easiest ways to do fondue is to grab one of those fondue packets at the grocery store - they're usually with the fancy cheeses in the deli. World Market has them, too.

Most of them have instructions on the back for how to cook it. They should tell you to add dry white wine, but if not then you should add at least a cup. Good luck!

The SSS Sophisticate said...

I have only had chocolate and never attempted myself! Let us know how it goes!

JenniB said...

Fondue is one of my favorite ways to eat!! You don't even have to stop at chocolate or cheese... you can do a broth and cook delicious meats in them!

My favorite cheese fondue (of the moment):
-- 1 Cup English Style Ale
-- 1 LB Sharp Cheddar (grated)
-- 2 Tablespoons Flour
-- 1 TSP. Salt
-- 1 clove garlic
-- 2 Tablespoons brown mustard

1. Toss grated cheddar in a bowl with flour
2. Rub garlic around the sides of a sauce pan, set beer and salt to boil
3. Add mustard to boiling beer and stir
4. Slowly add cheddar mixture to pot stirring in a figure 8 pattern. Add more cheese as cheese melts.

Once the cheese melts put in fondue pot. Stir the cheese often while eating so that the bottom does not burn. You'll need more heat than a tea-light candle but less than a full burner.

Items to dip into this delicious cheese: bread (rye is especially great), cooked sausages, boiled red potatoes and apples.

Erika Peterson said...

I literally won a dip-making contest with this recipe - I wish I can claim it as my own, but it's Enjoy!

Oh, and I usually make it in a deep pan and transfer to the fondue pot to keep it warm.

Mary said...

Awesome! My husband and I do chocolate fondue every New Year's Eve. We've only done cheese fondue a few times, using similar recipe to what others have stated (emmenthal and gruyere cheese, white wine, garlic...). I've never tried cheddar, though, and that sounds really good. Maybe it's time to break out the pot.

Mrs. Buck said...

We LOVE to fondue! We actually do an oil fondue and cook meat and vegetables in it and eat it as a main course instead of doing the cheese or chocolate versions. We use peanut oil, fill the pot a little over half way with the oil, and we start warming it on the stove until you add a drop of water to the oil and it crackles. Then carefully move the pot to the table on its warmer. We usually have 1 inch cubes of chicken and beef cut up as well as raw shrimp, mushrooms, cauliflower, onions, anything you like really. Skewer one at a time and cook in the pot until done. Delicious! Make sure to have some yummy dipping sauces and some good french bread on hand as well. MMmmmmm!

Signe said...

Omg, that looks sooo good! I love cheese so this is like the perfect meal for me :)