In the 1980s everyone was having fondue parties. Why? Because they were fun. That’s why they’re becoming popular again.
You can invite your friends over or your teenagers might have fun with this “retro” dinner.
A fondue dinner is also perfect with an 80s party theme. Use some imagination and go wild. Don’t forget the big hairdo.
What do you need for a fondue party?
You’ll want to have an assortment of different types of bread that you cube into little chunks for dunking into the dip. French and Italian breads are good. The bread need to have some texture and not get soggy too quickly.
Baguettes and bread sticks also work well. It’s important that the bread have a good crispy crust.
It’s also good to have a variety of veggies such as cherry tomatoes, asparagus stalks, pearl onions, mushrooms or any other veggies you choose. Some are fine raw and others need to be steamed or roasted. Chunks of roasted red potatoes are also good.
Meatballs are also good dipped in cheese. Cubed ham is another good meat option.
Cheeses – Any type of melted cheese will do. You might want to offer your guests at least a couple of options. You can use plain cheddar cheese or add some spicy tomatoes to give it some zip. Some people like to use Swiss cheeses such as Jarlsberg. Gruyere is another favorite.
Most recipes suggest shredding the cheese before melting it to make a smoother consistency.
Mixing several types of cheeses together can make unique blends. You can find a multitude of fondue cheese recipes on the internet.
It’s important not to heat the cheese too much or it will become stringy or burn on the bottom.
Adding some wine to the cheese can help it maintain a smoother consistency. Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Vermouth and Pinot Blanc are wines that work well in cheese fondue.
Over stirring the cheese can also make it stringy so resist the urge.
Have long skewers available as well as fondue forks. Some people will want to make a shish kabob of various items and dip them all at once. Make sure toothpicks are available as well.
An additional type of dip is to have hot oil in one pot. You can cook small pieces of meat in the oil. It’s important that the meat is cut into small pieces that will cook quickly. You also need to make sure the oil is hot enough to cook the meat. The metal forks are best for this.
For dessert you’ll want a fondue pot with melted chocolate. There’s a wide variety of food you can have available such as marshmallows, strawberries, chunks of pineapple or bananas, or apples. Dessert breads such as banana bread or walnut bread are also good dipped in the chocolate.
Have graham crackers ready for the chocolate covered marshmallows and your guests can make quick s’mores.
The real secret to a great fondue party is to use your creativity to provide a large assortment of dips and food for dipping.
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