Our New Years Eve tradition of fondue night started way before we had kids. You know when you hit that age where you’d prefer to stay in the comfort of your home and not deal with the crowds. The kids are old enough to do it with us now and for several years we’ve enjoyed a 3 course meal throughout the night. My son asks every year around Christmas time, just to be sure I have it “planned”.
Here is the menu:
4 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese (I like White Cheddar) I grate my own so I know there are no other ingredients.
1/4 Cup Flour
1 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Wine or Beer (Don’t worry it cooks out)
1 Tbsp Worcestershire
1 Tbsp Butter
1 Clove Garlic
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp lemon juice
Dash Cayenne (optional)
Begin to heat fondue pot. We use an electric pot so I set it on about 200. In a bowl combine cheese, flour, dry mustard & salt. Flour should lightly cover the shredded cheese. In the fondue pot, melt butter and rub the garlic clove inside the pan with the butter (don’t leave garlic in). Add Worcestershire sauce & wine/beer. Once it’s combined, add cheese mixture a small amount at a time. After all cheese is combined, mix in lemon juice. The acidity in the wine and lemon juice help the cheese not to clump. Reduce temperature to low and serve with crusty bread or other dippers. I might try apples this year too!
Heat Oil in Fondue Pot
Cook Shrimp, Chicken or Steak cubes
We usually do Shrimp & Chicken and have fun dipping sauces on the side
Chocolate Caramel Fondue
3 Ounces of Unsweetened Chocolate – Chopped
1 14 oz Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 12 1/4 oz Jar of Caramel Ice Cream Topping
Melt all together in the Fondue Pot
Dippers: Fresh Fruit And/Or Cookies
Angel Food Cake Pieces
The Possibilities are endless! Hubby likes bananas and he usually just pours the chocolate sauce on top.
Oh and our family rule is, if your dipping item falls off the fork inside the fondue pot, you have to kiss the person on your right! It’s always fun to see everyone shuffle seats around. My son likes to make sure his little sister is not sitting to his right, and my husband likes to accidentally knock food off others sticks!
Sitting around the Dining Room table cooking and eating as a family is lots of fun. This year I think we will start the cheese part earlier. All of this is way more filling that it looks and needs to be spaced out. Because you will WANT to have room for dessert!
Do you have a New Years Tradition? I’d love to hear it.