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what else to serve with CHEESE FONDUE

yum Jan 8, 2007 06:10 AM

i`m having some girls over for mainly 2 types of cheese fondue and was wondering what else should i serve with it and also, whats the best dessert that goes with fondue?

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    marlie202 Jan 12, 2007 01:21 PM

    I enjoy dipping crisp apples into the cheese fondue-I also make a cheddar cheese fondue with onions and mushrooms-yum-

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      weezycom Jan 12, 2007 01:17 PM

      I agree with the folks who said that dessert should be light and non-dairy. If you don't want to go with "just" fruit, then how about some meringue shells filled with mixed macerated fruits and a drizzle of warm chocolate/chili/brandy sauce.

      1. HillJ Jan 12, 2007 12:17 PM

        thin slice ham and roast beef work nicely with cheese fondue

        the pumpkin recipes sounds amazing!

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          thejulia Jan 10, 2007 04:50 AM

          Everyone did love this fondue! We served it with Julia's chocolate mousse as dessert, and it was REALLY RICH, so I wouldn't recommend that (though it was a fantastic mousse). I've never tried the pumpkin one, but I definitely like this three cheese with champagne more than any classic one I've tried.

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            thejulia Jan 10, 2007 04:33 AM

            We just did a three cheese fondue with champagne. There's a recipe on epicurious. (Cheeses are gruyere, emmental and brie): http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

            Instead of the gruyere, I substituted raclette and also added a small smashed garlic clove.

            Served it with baguette, slightly steamed broccoli, boiled fingerlings, watermelon radishes and baby carrots arrayed on a platter.

            Pretty unconventional but it was my favorite fondue ever.

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            1. re: thejulia
              yum Jan 10, 2007 04:36 AM

              wow! i am adding a third fondue! that sounds amazing! should i do this instead of the classic and do it with the pumpkin one? everyone love it?

              1. re: yum
                adroit_minx Jan 12, 2007 10:06 AM

                I use that same Epicurious champagne fondue recipe and it's a huge hit every time. If you're serving a bunch of veggies and stuff for dipping, the pumpkin one might be overkill. I can imagine some people not loving the pumpkin fondue, but the champagne one really rocks. Just my opinion... have a blast either way!

              2. re: thejulia
                xena Jan 17, 2007 12:09 AM

                We had this tonight for supper. Delicious! Had it with bread, cherry tomatoes, steamed cauliflower, and opened a jar of cornichons. Followed the recipe except for rubbing the pot with garlic and using kirsch. Used up the last lemon in a pitcher of water yesterday and didn't want to go out for one. It was really good, thank you for posting this link.

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                  juster Jan 22, 2007 06:12 PM

                  CHERRY TOMATOES! I knew I was forgetting something in my list of dippers somewhere above.

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                librarian Jan 10, 2007 12:37 AM

                We usually have a cheese fondue with an assortment of pickled vegetables (sweet pickles, sour pickles, pickled perl onions, pickled asparagus, pickled cauliflower...well, you get the idea) and olives (kalamata, sicilian, etc.). These are all served in small dishes around the fondue pot. These are not for dipping in the cheese, these are an accompaniment. The acid will help diminish the effects of the cheese.

                A tossed salad after the fondue will help considerably. I usually make a dressing from white balsamic, olive oil, garlic and white pepper.

                Have a few bottles of red wine to serve with the meal.

                Dessert, if we're not stuffed, is usually fruit and small squares of dark chocolate.

                Have a great time with your fondue!

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                1. re: librarian
                  GDSinPA Jan 10, 2007 04:06 AM

                  I like this idea a lot, but heck - why not dip them in the cheese? I suppose it might add some flavor to it, but one could use a small spoon.

                  Similarly on the potentialy messy side - you could use some chunks of smoked ham or sausage/pepperoni - something very dry would make the most sense.

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                  juster Jan 9, 2007 09:54 PM

                  My family's standard dippers for regular Swiss fondue are:

                  cubed sourdough
                  linguica sausage
                  button mushrooms
                  cherry tomatoes
                  bell peppers
                  (all those veggies are raw)

                  It seems like I'm forgetting something....

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                  1. re: juster
                    jcanncuk Jan 9, 2007 11:07 PM

                    I'd also add broccoli - I like to blanche the veggies rather than serve them raw....

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                      juster Jan 10, 2007 06:29 PM

                      Yeah, it seems that people are always mentioning blanching the veggies, so I tried it once, and still prefer the raw. More crunch, and probably a lot of it is that's how I grew up eating it, so it just tastes right to me. Probably, though, the blanching is more traditional. The linguica, too, is waaaaaaaay off from Switz, but man, is it a good combo!

                  2. spigot Jan 9, 2007 02:17 AM

                    I always precede cheese fondue with ceviche. It seems.. I dunno.. *bracing*. You get a lot of lime and chiles and raw onions, then follow that up with oleaginous cheeeeese.

                    Same theory as the green salad I guess.

                    1. DanaB Jan 8, 2007 07:58 PM

                      When we do fondue, we always have bread, potatoes, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Asparagus and apples are good additions, too.

                      For a side, I would do a green salad.

                      For dessert, definitely go with something light and fruity -- maybe simply serve a mixed fruit plate.

                      1. chowser Jan 8, 2007 07:44 PM

                        Gnocchi to dip.

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                          Diana Jan 8, 2007 07:41 PM

                          A nice crisp green salad...very simple, perhaps with cucumber and red onion and a simple vinegarett, would do well.

                          1. jenniebnyc Jan 8, 2007 06:33 PM

                            for dessert
                            CHOCOLATE FONDUE of course
                            with mashmallows, rice krispie treats, strawberries, pound cake, brownies, pretzels

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                            1. re: jenniebnyc
                              GDSinPA Jan 9, 2007 12:05 PM

                              Try making ice cream balls for the choco fondue - those were a huge hit for us. Turkey Hill makes a banana split ice cream that works great for this.

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                                jenniebnyc Jan 9, 2007 03:50 PM

                                sounds delish!

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                              odkaty Jan 8, 2007 06:28 PM

                              We like to dip asparagus, green beans, brussel sprouts, apples (5 different varieties last time!), pears, mushrooms, pearl onions, green onions, broccoli, cauliflower, ciabatta, and occasionally I pick up fingerling potatoes.

                              Last time we had two cheese fondues: 1) cheddar, beer, mustard, and cayenne and 2) smoked gouda, gruyere, curry powder, and hard cider

                              umm ... cheese!

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                              1. re: odkaty
                                piccola Jan 22, 2007 11:48 PM

                                I was just gonna say - green veggies (or other strongly flavoured ones) would be perfect!

                                And I know this will sound anti-chowish, but hotdog pieces (or in my case, veggie dog pieces) are great in there too!

                              2. lollya Jan 8, 2007 05:32 PM

                                tart apples! also might want a bit of good chocolate around (not to dip of course) yumm!

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                                  Heatherb Jan 8, 2007 05:31 PM

                                  I did a smoked cheddar and beer fondue and served roasted vegetables (mini potatoes, whole mushrooms, and carrots), cubes of sourdough bread, apples, steamed broccoli and cocktail dogs broiled in a honey barbecue sauce. There was a snowstorm that day.

                                  But despite the overkill, it really turned out very nicely. Very yummy.

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                                  1. re: Heatherb
                                    yum Jan 8, 2007 07:40 PM

                                    mmmm do you have a recipe for that? that sounds amazing

                                    1. re: yum
                                      Heatherb Jan 8, 2007 07:50 PM

                                      The smoked cheddar and beer fondue? It was purely accidental, but boy did it turn out good! I hate following recipes--too much structure. I think it originally called for cider, actually. Seriously, if you find just a basic cheddar fondue recipe and mess with it, it should turn out just fine. It's all in the proportions with fondue. Next time around I think I would add in some sage and mustard, just to see what happens...

                                  2. shana Jan 8, 2007 05:29 PM

                                    we had a cheese fondue on new years eve - we did green apple slices, grapes and a selection of artisan breads from Ace bakery here in Toronto including a cranberry focaccia and a raison and walnut bread that were both great with the cheese and a nice change from the standard french bread.

                                    1. Carrie 218 Jan 8, 2007 04:35 PM

                                      Besides the bread and potato thing, I also grill up some baby mushrooms for dunking! Seared and cubed filet is a great thing to dunk as well...

                                      Dessert-wise, why not a chocolate fondue to continue the theme? Dried fruit, angel food cake, and marshmallows could all be dunked.

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                                        MobyRichard Jan 8, 2007 12:44 PM

                                        You might consider a fruity granita for dessert.

                                        1. MMRuth Jan 8, 2007 12:27 PM

                                          You could also serve a dried meat - speck or bunderfleisch.

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                                            GDSinPA Jan 8, 2007 12:21 PM

                                            I agree - something sweet, but light - perhaps a lemon or key lime type pie?

                                            1. frenetica Jan 8, 2007 06:20 AM

                                              Well traditionally there would be bread, boiled potatoes, the little pickles called cornichons, good sliced ham (or any kind of cold cuts). A simple and acidic salad alongside to cut through the fat?

                                              Probably by the time dessert rolls around you'd need something relatively light and (again) acidic and definitely NOT dairy! I had a nice dessert the other day at the Cafe Colonial in NYC - sliced fruits like strawberry, mango, kiwi & blueberries sprinkled with muscovado sugar and popped under the broiler so the sugar melts and forms a crust over the warm fruit.

                                              Can I ask what kinds of cheese you are doing?

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                                              1. re: frenetica
                                                yum Jan 8, 2007 04:32 PM

                                                thanks! their both going to be the classic cheese fondue but one of them i`m going to add kabocha pumpkin..

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