Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fondue Night

Sarah inspired me to use my fondue pot! After a long weekend of drinking & eating all that meat at the BBQ a vegetarian meal sounded perfect. I have had the fondue pot for over a year now & this is the first time I busted it out!

I used Sarah's Cheese Please recipe:Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup Hidden Valley® The Original Ranch® dressing
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
Paprika, optional
Sliced green onion, optional
Dipper Ideas: Thick Pennsylvania-style pretzels, Toasted garlic bread, Apples or pears, Saltine crackers, Favorite veggies (celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers)
Preparation Prep Time: 10 min.Cook Time: 10 min. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle flour in melted butter and stir constantly for 2 minutes. Whisk milk into flour mixture and constantly stir until mixture thickens and begins to boil. Lower heat to simmer; stir in Ranch and cheese until smooth. Pour into a fondue pot and sprinkle with paprika or green onion, if desired. Serve with dippers.Serves: 4

And Rose4Jc's Melting Pot Recipe:
Melting Pot Cheddar Fondue (made by Julia and Tyler)
3 to 3 1/2 oz beer (our chef at The Melting Pot said they use Miller High Life so that's what we use)
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1-2 Tablespoons worcestshire sauce, however much you prefer, it can be strong.
2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup swiss cheese

Grate cheese and mix in some flour to very lightly coat the cheese and keep it from clumping.
Mix beer, mustard powder and garlic in the fondue pot, bring to a simmer.
Add in cheese in small batches, and stir until the consistency is right. Add in worcestshire sauce and continue stirring until thickened.
Serve with whatever dippers you prefer. We use Italian or French Bread, Pumpernickel & Rye, and granny smith apples.

My husband liked the Cheese Please better, probably because he loves ranch. I liked them both and will be experimenting with more fondue recipes because this was so much fun.


Sarah said...

Looks delicious! I'm wanting to try rose's fondu recipe, too.

Julia & Tyler said...

I want to try Sarah's recipe, lol! We really like swiss fondue as well, but rarely have white wine on hand and it's the key ingredient in most swiss fondues I've seen. We've never made chocolate fondue, that's next on my to do list :)