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1 Day Before Christmas……Do You Fondue?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 24, 2010 in Family, Food, Holidays, Moms |

What is it about holidays that brings in the level of danger that only hot oil, cheese and chocolate sounds like fun?  Throw in some sharp fondue forks….more danger.  And when I was a kid there was the cord of the fondue pot that we had to step over as we went in and out of the kitchen……red level danger.  Who am I but the mom who laughs at danger in its face.  You see, I am a mom of three boys, my middle name is danger.  Sharp fondue forks and burning oil….bring it on!

This year I think I had it down to a science so I thought I would share with you my game plan that brought smiles from all three boys.  My oldest ate and ate after all of us were done.  He loved it all!  Youngest son liked the strawberries by themselves (what the heck).  Middle son tried it all…..except the shrimp…..except the broccoli…..except the fruit.

Want to see the photos….you know the drill….visit here.  Oh and the plates that I used….love my dim sum plates!  You see, I don’t like my food touching and these plates work just perfect!

Meat fondue:

  • Sliced tenderloin (I bought a pre seasoned one with black pepper).
  • Sliced chicken breast.
  • Shrimp (I just had precooked shrimp, dumb to put it in the oil, I would skip this next time).
  • 4 different dipping sauces ( I use to make these myself, but in the past couple of years, I have just grabbed what is in my fridge or local grocery aisle…..BBQ sauce, General Tsos sauce, Peanut sauce, Teriyaki dipping sauce).
  • Oil (I just used vegetable oil, you could use peanut oil as well)

Cheese fondue:.

  • This year I had a packet of it all prepared that I found at my local big box warehouse.  I blogged on it about two weeks ago and when I went back to the store to buy more, it was all gone.  I think it was a conspiracy I tell you.  So I had one packet of the fondue mix left in my fridge and I added a couple of handfuls of grated Swiss and Gruyere cheese as well as a splash of wine.  It tasted great!
  • Steamed broccoli.
  • French bread for dipping.

Chocolate fondue:

  • This is a loose recipe that I based off of my friend Kristie as well as what I have in the house.  One bag of milk chocolate chips, half a bag of semisweet chips, 2 oz of bittersweet chocolate, 1/4 cup of whipping cream and a splash of booze of your liking…..I did hazelnut and amaretto.  I also add a couple of tablespoons of caramel ice cream topping.  Make it all smooth and yummy.
  • Fruit for dipping: strawberries and pineapple (picked up at my produce section of the grocery store already cut for me) and an orange.
  • Cake:  I decided to make my own angel food cake this year….big mistake, just buy an angel food cake  or a pound cake.
  • Something salty:  Ruffles with ridges or pretzel rods.

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