Our New Years Eve Fondue Tradition

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Before we even had kids we started a New Years Eve tradition of fondue night.  The kids are old enough now to participate and this year my son asked if we were going to do it again and even added it to the family Google calendar by himself.  I think that means he’s excited.  We do a 3 course meal throughout the night. Here is the menu:

Cheese Fondue

4 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Flour
1 Tsp Salt
1 Cup Wine or Beer (Don’t worry it cooks out)
1 Tbsp  Worcestershire
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
Dash Cayenne (optional)

Begin to heat fondue pot.  We use an electric pot so I set it on about 350.  In a bowl combine cheese, flour, dry mustard & salt.  Flour should lightly cover the shredded cheese.  In the fondue pot, melt butter and add worcestershire sauce & wine/beer.  Once it’s combined, add cheese mixture a small amount at a time.   Reduce temperature to low and serve with crusty bread or other dippers.  I might try apples this year too!

Main Course

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
Pound Cake
Angel Food Cake Pieces
The Possibilities are endless!

Oh and our family rule is, if your dipping item falls off the stick 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.

Do you have a New Years Tradition?  I’d love to hear it.

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  1. Lorna says

    I lived in the North of France for a year, and New Years Eve fondue was a regional tradition. There was some kissing going on too. If one of the men lost their bread off the stick, he’d have get up and go clockwise around the table, kissing each lady on his way. The ladies would have to go counter clockwise. Pretty soon everyone was walking round the table kissing everyone.

  2. says

    What a great tradition. I’ve been wanting a fondue pot for a while and just may go out and get one now. We used to love going to the Fondue House on Blanding before it closed. Such a fun evening when friends come to town or for a special family dinner.

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