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Fondue dipper suggestions (new year's eve tradition)

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southernexpat Dec 28, 2009 04:21 PM

All through my childhood, my folks always stayed home with us (my dad traveled all year) on New Year's eve -- they started the 'fondue on new year's eve tradition' before I can remember. It was the early seventies, and we made the typical meat-in-boiling-oil fondue. My brother and I have wonderful memories about this, and he's asked me to revive the tradition this year. I cannot, however, imagine having boiling pots of oil on the dining room table with all the kids (his, mine, and his fiance's - nine of them ages 6 - 16!) I think two pots, one cheese and one chocolate will carry on the tradition without burning down the house.

Besides the bread for the cheese fondue, and apples and marshmallows for the chocolate, I would love to hear more suggestions.
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    sunflwrsdh RE: southernexpat Dec 28, 2009 04:38 PM

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    r the cheese: little hot dogs
    little meatballs
    for the chocoalte: strawberries
    cubes of angel food or pound cake
    I love the idea of staying home with the kids and reviving your parents' lovely tradition.
    Just another thought....there are some fondue restaurants....maybe you could do a search and see if they have any creative ideas...

    1. Cherylptw RE: southernexpat Dec 28, 2009 04:43 PM

      For the chocolate, there's always banana chunks & orange slices; any type of cookie as well as saltines & graham crackers, pretzel rods, and potato chips

      For the cheese, there's also potato & corn chips; crispy french fries, chicken fingers or wings, tempura green beans and the usual vegetables, etc.

      1. mebby RE: southernexpat Dec 28, 2009 06:31 PM

        My mom had an Xmas Eve fondue tradition -- only every year it was a new recipe that bombed in a new way (the year that my 2-year-old nephew nearly got drunk on Kirsch-laden fondue was particularly special!). We carry on the tradition as well, but with what I hope is better fondue!

        Re: dippers -- the bread is great in chocolate as well (very Spanish) and asparagus, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms for the cheese -- so many great vegetables to cut the richness of the cheese and give a great burst of flavor.

        Happy new year!

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          doughreme RE: southernexpat Dec 28, 2009 07:01 PM

          Every New Year's Eve we make a cheese fondue with our daughter. Our dipper of choice - after bread, of course - is lobster. Some would say lobster and cheese do not work well together. I say, don't listen. It's amazing.

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            doughreme RE: southernexpat Dec 28, 2009 07:20 PM

            A couple more I should have added (some have been mentioned before): steamed green beans and broccoli, bread sticks and french fries for the cheese. For the chocolate, we also like to dip bread, but the possibilities are endless. We too use fruit of all kinds (apples, strawberries, bananas, etc.) as well as marshmallows, pretzels sticks and potato chips. Try pringles for this. They don't fall apart as much. Or really any thick chip. Have fun with this. My daughter looks forward to our fondue every year.

            1. Emme RE: southernexpat Dec 28, 2009 07:59 PM

              Cheese: cooked tortellini or ravioli, blanched cauliflower, broccoli, toast points, onions (cooked on a stick), artichoke hearts, brussel sprouts, chestnuts, meatballs skewered on toothpicks with a sundried tomato

              Chocolate: honeycomb, ladyfingers, rice krispy treats, ripe cherries, ladyfingers, graham crackers, marshmallows, mini mint brownies, candied nut clusters; frozen cheesecake bites, bacon, thickly sliced potato chips, oh and Trader Joe's Peppermint Jo-Jo's while they in season

              ...to get you going

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                southernexpat RE: Emme Dec 29, 2009 05:23 AM

                WOW! Thanks so much, everyone, this has been a huge help! I'm off today to get four more fondue pots, I can already tell that six might just barely be enough!
                You guys are the greatest

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                  sunflwrsdh RE: southernexpat Dec 29, 2009 02:32 PM

                  Can I come to your house for New Year's Eve? lol...enjoy!

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                    southernexpat RE: sunflwrsdh Dec 29, 2009 05:03 PM

                    Of course! Cleveland Heights, Ohio - look for the Rebel flag hanging from the eaves.

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