Do you own a fondue pot? And what's in it?
- alliegator Jan 29, 2013 12:02 PM
I got a fondue pot a few years ago and used it often, but kind of got burned out on it. It's been in the back of my cabinet for a while.
Maybe some of you have a favorite recipe (savory, sweet, whatever) you make that you'd like share, and it will inspire me to bring it out again.
I love the Melting Pot! It is a fun way to share food with others. Taught my niece to like scallops at the Melting Pot. The only scallops she had ever eaten were over cooked ones her father made. I cooked one in the fondue pot for about 15 seconds and gave it to her to eat. After eating, her eyes lit up and she said, "that's what they are supposed to be like, not all rubbery?".
I don't, but I remember this one thing that my mom did when I was a kid and we'd have some family or someone over. She had marinated small chunks of beef and veggies in something like vinaigrette and we'd skewer them and cook them in simmering oil in the pot. I remember it as good and fun for us kids. Sorry it's not more specific.
I got 2 as wedding gifts back in 1978. Had not used them in ages but took them out last year for Valentines day and did a 3-course fondue dinner for my husband --
(a) cheese with bread cubes & apples for dipping;
(b) beef cubes and julienned vegetables, cooked in the pot in hot oil, with bearnaise sauce for dipping; and
(c) chocolate with cake cubes and more apples.
My husband loved it, especially the cheese course. I was planning to repeat it again for Valentines dinner this year except that he has to work that night. Maybe a belated Valentine Dinner the following Saturday.
I bought one about a year ago and have used it twice. I only do broth-based fondues. One was shabu shabu. I made the broth and the dipping sauces and we cooked the meat and veggies in the broth, then added noodles to the broth and ate them, along with some of the broth. It was fun. The other was a take on a Mongolian hot pot. It was also good.
To be honest, I don't think about using the pot very often. I should bring it out more. I've thought about doing a cheese fondue, but for two people, I fear we'd power through a lot of cheese and bread! I also own a raclette maker (a Christmas gift), which is super fun, but again, makes for a decadent and not-so healthy meal. It's also a bit of a pain to clean afterward. It has a marble slab for cooking, while the little trays underneath gently melt the raclette cheese.
When I kid my family used to do broth based fondue too. We'd have several types of meat, very thinly sliced (usually beef and chicken) and some assorted veggies like mushrooms and onions. There would be several different dipping sauces. At the end of the meal we would drink the broth with all of the little bits of things that feel off of our fondue. It was so much fun for me as a kid!
My husband gifted me recently with this one (by my request)
And it's FABULOUS!!! (I have a review on the Amazon site under "Breezy"). Haven't used it for a hot pot yet, but plan to. The Swiss fondue I made for it came out so perfect; I'll never go back to one of those cheap sterno pots ever again.
As far as recipes, mine was pretty close to this one:
I used a pound of good Gruyere Comte cheese, Pinot Grigio for the white wine, & subbed in Cherry Heering for the Kirsch. It was one of the best cheese fondues we'd ever had.
And as for the performance of the fondue pot? EXEMPLARY. The temp was so easy to regulate, & the fondue stayed creamy & smooth with absolutely zero scorching on the bottom.
I can't wait to try a Chinese hot pot in this!!! This particular fondue pot comes with a ceramic insert for cheese & chocolate fondues, & a stainless pot for meat, seafood, & Asian hot pot fondues.
For you fondue naysayers - you simply don't have decent equipment - lol!!! Don't knock it until you try it with the right equipment - LOL!!!.
cheese fondue with top quality cheese is one of the best things in life, if you ask me.
That's what's in my fondue pot.