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Romantic dinners for two: How to make fondue at home (recipes & fondue sets)

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Intro: Need ideas for romantic dinners for two? Why not learn how to make fondue at home? Easy cheese fondue recipes are very popular and very romantic. You can find fondue sets online for not a lot of money. In fact, it costs about the same amount for some fondue makers as it does to go out. Plus making Valentine's Day dinner at home is private and romantic and you can tailor it to the things that you and your Valentine love the most.

As you flip through the slide show, you'll see where you can find fondue sets online to order. You'll also get a brief background of fondue, tips on making fondue, some fondue recipes and suggestions for cheese fondue dippers.

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Classic cheese fondue recipe: What is Fondue?
Classic cheese fondue recipe: What is Fondue? Pedro Cerqueira, Creative Commons

Classic cheese fondue recipe: What is Fondue?

Who hasn't heard of the Melting Pot restaurant. These restaurants explain the concept for fondue pretty well.

However, if you haven't heard of fondue, it's pretty simple. According to Wikipedia

Fondue is a Swiss, Italian, and French dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot (caquelon) over a portable stove (réchaud), and eaten by dipping long-stemmed forks with bread into the cheese. It was promoted as a Swiss national dish by the Swiss Cheese Union (Schweizerische Käseunion) in the 1930s, and was popularized in North America in the 1960s.

Since the 1950s, the name "fondue" has been generalized to other dishes in which a food is dipped into a communal pot of hot liquid: chocolate fondue, in which pieces of fruit are dipped into a melted chocolate mixture, and fondue bourguignonne, in which pieces of meat are cooked in hot oil.

 

Fondue tips: How to make cheese fondue
Fondue tips: How to make cheese fondue Bigbird, Creative Commons

Fondue tips: How to make cheese fondue

When you're making fondue, the first and foremost thing to remember is to use the proper fondue cheeses.

You can order cheese blends for fondue online. Or buy it in your local deli section at the grocery store.

The Shiska in the Kitchen blog recommends that you use at least two different kinds of cheeses for the best tasting fondue. Traditionally, Swiss cheese has been used, but you can use cheddar, Jack cheese, Fontina or Gruyere.

You can flavor the fondue cheese recipe with ingredients like garlic, onions and herbs. If the cheese gets too thick, add wine. White wine is best. A Pinot Gregio or Sauvignon Blanc work well. If you want a non-alcoholic version of the fondue recipe, try lemon juice.

If you don't have a fondue set to make the cheese in, you can use a crock pot when you're making fondue at home.

Fondue sets: What is a fondue set used for?
Fondue sets: What is a fondue set used for? Amazon

Fondue sets: What is a fondue set used for?

The fondue set is the communal pot that the Wikipedia entry spoke about. It's a pot -- it kind of reminds me of a cauldron because of how it's shaped. It comes with a variety of skewers with wooden handles on the ends. You stick bread or meat on the skewer and dip it into the cheese. It's pretty simple.

You can order fondue sets online on Amazon. The Kitchen Craft fondue set is a popular brand, but it certainly isn't the only one.

You can also use a crock pot to make fondue. You can order a crock pot on Amazon as well.

How to Make Cheese Fondue: Simple cheese fondue recipes
How to Make Cheese Fondue: Simple cheese fondue recipes cookipediachef, Creative Commons

How to Make Cheese Fondue: Simple cheese fondue recipes

Here is a list of classic cheese fondue recipes as well as recipes for fondue made with beer and other ingredients.

You can also order fondue recipe books on Amazon. The Melting Pot puts out a great fondue recipe book.
 

Cheese fondue dippers list
Cheese fondue dippers list Goodies First, Creative Commons

Cheese fondue dippers list

The cheese fondue dippers list is one of my favorite parts of putting fondue together. It's fun to experiment with all the things you can put into your cheese fondue recipes.

Here are some cheese fondue dippers ideas:

  • Bread -- Get an assortment
  • Pretzels
  • Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Little sausages or sausage slices
  • Salami
  • Green apple slices
  • Pear slices
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
  • Meats like chicken, ham or beef
  • Steamed artichoke hearts
  • Cherry tomatoes
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