We have enjoyed many New Years Eves’ going out to a restaurant but, some of our most memorable celebrations have been at our, or our friends’, home eating cheddar cheese fondue – we start with the cheese and then have chocolate fondue for dessert.
What is your favorite fondue? That is a hard one for me…I do love both.
There is something fun about dipping our long forks into the cheddar cheese fondue with big chunks of bread, broccoli florets, sliced ham, boiled potatoes, pears and apple slices. And don’t get me started on the chocolate fondue.. strawberries, banana slices, cut up doughnuts or donut holes, angel food cake, pound cake.. the list goes on and on!
What about the Mess?
I take huge rolls of craft paper, lay them over the table, and scatter cups of crayons and gold/ silver markers for anyone who wants to leave a resolution or make a doodle. The rest of the table is filled with the fondue pots and dishes of items to dip into the cheese and then chocolate. Everyone gets several of their own fondue forks and a fondue plate that has dividers for all your dipping options.
Food Sharing can be tricky with Allergies
We separate out a portion, both the cheese and chocolate, for our son with Celiac Disease so that he can have his own Gluten Free pots. He has his own sides and can enjoy it as much as everyone else without worrying about cross contamination.
It is such an easy meal and so much fun to eat… what do you serve for New Years Eve??
2 cups half and half
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp dry mustard (I use Coleman’s)
1 garlic cloves, halved
1 1/2 lbs. shredded milk or sharp cheddar cheese (about 6 c.)
Crusty French Bread, Broccoli florets, boiled small potatoes, cubed ham, apples, etc.
- In fondue pot or saucepan over low heat, heat half and half, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and garlic, stirring, until hot but not boiling. Discard garlic.
- Gradually stir in the shredded cheese, until smooth
- Add salt to taste
- Either put the fondue pot over low sterno flame if prepared in saucepan or pour cheese mixture from saucepan into fondue pot and set over low sterno flame.
- Serve with pieces of french bread, potatoes, ham, apples, broccoli, etc..
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