Fondue party, need some ideas for other foods
Doing a fondue party, friend is doing a cheese fondue and a broth with chicken and shrimp. I am doing chocolate fondue.
What else can we make to go along, such as appetizers and sides to go along with it. I know we will have bread and such for the cheese and all the dessert dippers. What else to serve at a fondue party?
Also any good dipper suggestions for cheese and the chocolate?
I have a great one for you... If you have time?? Like a few weeks...
Take a little Jar of cherries and empty the sweet juice out. Then fill up with the 98% alc by vol. Let sit in the fridge for about 30 days. This will prime a fondue party. I think they are called Cherry Bombs :)
To go with cheese fondue I like apples, broccoli, cauliflower, and good bread. Some rosti potatoes would be a nice side. For apps, marinated or stuffed mushrooms, and a simple green salad or a tomato salad (I always avoid the addition of more cheese in the salads). However, frozen cheesecake (do not thaw) is a delicious (cholesterol be damned!) accompaniment to choc fondue.
For the cheese - I like the suggestions here already but want to add that keeping your veggies cold is important -- the contrast with the hot cheese is great
For the chocolate -- Little pieces of cake - not only pound cake but cheesecake is really good, cookies & biscotti (self-dippers), slices of banana and strawberries, marshmellows, and if you can find something minty with the right texture/shape, mint in chocolate is lovely as well.
It sounds like you're not really responsible for the meat part, but one great thing to serve with that is having lots of different kinds of sauce available to dip the meats into after they're cooked.
For veggies to dunk, I fully support the suggestions above, and I'd add: Brussels sprouts (if you like them), chunks of winter squash, and chestnuts (ok, not techinally a veggie, but still a plant).
For veggies on the side, definitely do a green salad, preferably with some bitter greens to balance the richness of the fondue. A raw fennel salad - thinly sliced fennel dressed with lemon juice and salt - would be a nice side, too.
For the chocolate fondue, don't forget the marshmallows. They're lowbrow but awesome. Besides the fruit (of which there should be plenty), try toasted cubes of angel food cake.
The Matterhorn in San Francisco serves a green salad and a baggette with their cheese fondue. They also list these as extra sides; mushrooms, potatoes, apples and sausage.
When I had cheese fondue in Switzerland, it was preceeded by a light, brothy type soup and a green salad.