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Family fondue night

iheartcooking Mar 7, 2014 07:47 AM

Apparently fondue is an outdated/vintage food but I think my kids would get a huge kick out of it. It also seems to be a good way to use up leftover bits of meat/veg.

I'm going to use my crock pot and try to find the long forks at a discount store.

Found a lot of recipes but I know how to make cheese sauce. I'm just wondering if my fellow hounds ever do fondue as a family dinner and what your family likes? Anything unusual or fun?
Does anyone think a mini crock pot is the wrong tool for the job? I have a couple of them and no fondue pot.

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  1. juster RE: iheartcooking Mar 7, 2014 08:15 AM

    Ah, so what if it's "outdated"? Go for it, definitely. We're going to introduce a friend to it in a couple of weeks.

    I think mini crockpots would work fine, but you might want to keep extra fondue in a double boiler over low heat, depending on how big your mini crockpots are.

    My family has been eating fondue since I was a kid, and we have a set menu, which might be a little untraditional, but we like it. We serve the vegetables raw, not blanched. Good, sturdy bread (we like sourdough, but a firm French or Italian loaf is great), linguica sausage (Spanish chorizo makes a good sub), button mushrooms, bell peppers, cauliflower, cherry or grape tomatoes.

    Because my boyfriend doesn't like a couple of those vegetables, when he's there we sometimes add cooked chicken, shrimp, other sausage (one of those mild chicken sausages might be better for your kids than those I listed above, depending on your kids, of course), asparagus (this veggie blanched), cooked red potatoes, or raw apples or pears.

    Have fun!

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      atcpa RE: iheartcooking Mar 7, 2014 08:22 AM

      Fondue! One of our family favorites! It's been our Christmas Eve tradition for about 40 years passed down from my parents.

      If doing oil or broth fondue with proteins, I recommend an aurora sauce. The recipe I have is from a 1970s cookbook and doesn't seem to be the same as other aurora sauce recipes I read. It's 1/2 cup mayo, 2 TBSP brandy, 2 TBSP ketchup, and a splash of worchestershire sauce. Adjust to your taste. It's soooo good on steak and chicken pieces.

      I make a variety of sauces with our meat fondue. They seem to differ every year, but the aurora sauce stays. I've done bleu cheese sauce, mustard sauce, and teriyaki.

      Have fun! My family loves fondue, and we don't care if it's in style or not!

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        travelerjjm RE: iheartcooking Mar 7, 2014 11:00 AM

        We love fondue. With cheese fondue we have somewhat old bread, celery sticks, radish wedges, apples, carrots (sometimes), leftover steak and whatever else seems like fun that nite. Rye bread is a new favorite.

        The recipe I use is very simple and close to http://www.chow.com/recipes/29304-che..., but I double the Kirsch. Notice it's not a regular cheese sauce, but just beefed up melted cheese and wine.

        Oh, and the Melting Pot fondue restaurant chain is alive and well.

        1. C. Hamster RE: iheartcooking Mar 7, 2014 11:20 AM

          Fondue is a food of the moment, IMO. And one of my favorites.

          Cheese fondue is a lot different than cheese sauce so it's best to consult a recipe

          I think the crockpot will probably work for cheese fondue, though you'll miss out on the best part -- the crusty end of the pot cheese. Won't work for oil or broth.

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            iheartcooking RE: C. Hamster Mar 9, 2014 09:53 PM

            I have to say, the crock pot did yield some crusty cheese goo at the bottom. Yummers

          2. KarenDW RE: iheartcooking Mar 9, 2014 11:16 PM

            Sounds like fun. Friends of ours have (had? our kids are now all "old") a NYE tradition of cheese fondue.
            Mini crock pot will work for cheese fondue. Maybe hot enough for broth. Probably not hot enough for oil (your food will absorb too much oil and be soggy...)
            Have a great time.
            Edited to add... maybe pick up a few of the small "baskets on handles" which are used for Chinese hot pot. These can be used for small items which might fall off of the forks :)

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