What We’re Loving: Fondue

by Kate H. Knapp on January 31, 2014

in Blog, Cheese, Desserts, Entertaining, What We’re Loving

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When I was a kid and life became a little too serious—which can happen when there’s a divorce, a menagerie of rescued pets, and two strong-minded siblings—my mother would pull out the fondue pot in hopes of lightening the mood. She knew the somewhat silly and playful meal would make it impossible for us hold grudges, pout, or frown. Fights between my older brother and me would miraculously vanish over dueling fondue forks. The loss of a pet hurt a little less thanks to funny tales told in between bites. A single mother and her two kids would find strength and solidarity in the laughter of “lost soldiers” (dropped pieces of food). Fondue can be magical because it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and therefore you can’t either.

With this in mind, we looked to some of our favorite bloggers (who are also fondue fans) for ideas on how to turn the winter blahs into a can-(fon)due attitude. These recipes will have you saying so long to the fondues of the Seventies, and hello to a new way to dip. (above photo is the Swiss Cheese Fondue featured below)

Blue cheese fondue? Say no more. Well, maybe just a little more. How about pairing the tanginess of blue cheese with a spicy Buffalo sauce? Sounds about perfect, right? We give you Buffalo Chicken “Lollipops” with Blue Cheese Fondue (pictured above). A batch of these are all that is needed for a game-time get-together (did somebody say Super Bowl?). {From The Hopeless Housewife}

It’s impossible not to get cheesy when talking about some fondues, but this Swiss Cheese Fondue (pictured above) means business. Garlic, white wine, sherry wine, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper are added to melted Swiss cheese to create a cuddle-perfect dish for even the coldest of nights. {From The Hungry Housewife}

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Most people don’t equate sandwiches with fondue, but it’s about time they did. These adorable bite-sized Filet Fondue Sliders are perfect for parties, transforming leftover beef tenderloin, or making traditional cheese fondue (this one is made with a mixture of Emmentaler and Gruyere cheeses) extra fancy. {From How Sweet it Is}

I find it hard to imagine a better dessert than dipping my favorite fruits and sweets (sponge cake is a must!) into rich melted chocolate. That is, until I came across this Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue. The simple addition of Nutella adds a touch of whimsy to an already playful dish. Just three ingredients and you’re on your way to a romantic evening or a fun get-together with the girls. {From Lemon Tree Dwelling}

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I know we’re told not to play with our food, but where is the fun in that? This Caramel Apple Fondue breaks all the rules by adding an entertaining twist to a traditional caramel apple. Simply make a caramel fondue and then offer a smorgasbord of toppings—everything from mini chocolate chips to nuts—to create the perfect fall activity. {From Tried and Tasty}

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Pepper Jack, Muenster cheese, and beer. That’s all it takes to make a fun game-day spin on a classic cheese fondue. It’s easy to guarantee a win by serving this Spicy Beer Cheese Fondue with little sausages, bread cubes, and different veggies. Go Team Fondue! {From Miss in the Kitchen}

Just one small ingredient can transform an entire dish. Don’t believe me? Try this Caramelized Shallot and Gruyere Fondue, and you’ll know just what I’m talking about. The shallots add a delightful layer of flavor to the gruyere, white wine, and calvados mixture, and catapult the dish into formal party-dinner territory. {From The Endless Meal}

Photos by Erika, Leslie, Jessica, Cathy, YvonneMilisa, and Kristen.

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Kate H. Knapp

Head Recipe Tester & Shop Editor at Eat Boutique
Kate H. Knapp has been cooking since she was stove-high and whisk-strong. She comes from a long line of cooks and bakers, from whom she learned the sweet power of sugar, the thrill of egg whites, the magic of leftovers, and the importance of being fearless in the kitchen. Kate works as the Urbanist Boston City Guide Editor and has recently earned a Masters in Gastronomy. She spends her free time testing recipes, practicing food photography, and reading cookbooks. Her recipe for life is a work in progress—needs a dash more of this and a pinch of that—but she couldn't be happier with her ingredients.


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  • Caroline Hurley

    I love fondue! My Mom used to make it every so often and it was such an indulgence! This is such a great roundup!

  • Jen

    Totally making the buffalo chicken and blue cheese fondue for the Super Bowl!

  • Kate H. Knapp

    Thanks, Caroline! I can’t help but see a fondue pot and smile thanks to my mom as well. And Jen, so glad you found inspiration for the Superbowl. Please report back and tell us how it goes.

  • Marcia

    I am “re”inspired to pull out my fondue pot. Great ideas–especially the little sandwiches!

    • Kate H. Knapp

      Thanks, Marcia! Aren’t those sandwiches adorable and a great idea for a get together? Hope you have fun fondue-ing.

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