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How To Make A Romantic Fondue Dinner For Valentine’s Day

Nothing says romance more than a pot a hot cheese. Although asking your sweetheart to share a pot of hot cheese on Valentine’s Day may not get you the response that you’re looking for. When you extend the invitation use the more romantic name for this tasty meal, fondue. A romantic fondue dinner is the perfect meal for a couple who plot to stay home on Valentine’s Day.

A fondue dinner at home could be especially appealing to couples with young children. It’s hard to find a babysitter on Valentine’s Day so why not make the most of your night at home. Or perhaps you and your valentine are a young couple just getting started and an expensive night out isn’t in the budget. Either way, fondue is the perfect meal for a romantic Valentine’s Day.

Most people already have a fondue pot gathering dust in their closets somewhere. Now would be a perfect time to take it out and dust it off. If you don’t already own a fondue pot then it’s time to take the plunge and buy one. They are relatively in-expensive these days and reckon about all the romantic dinners you could make. Romantic Valentine’s Day meals could become a regular event.

When buying a fondue pot, choose an electric one. They are the most versatile and some are even dishwasher safe. Electric fondue pots have their own heating element so you just dial in a temperature and you’re all set. The pots that need sterno or a candle don’t get hot enough to cook all fondue recipes. You may need to heat your ingredients on the stove and then transfer them to the fondue pot. Save yourself the hassle and get an electric fondue pot. The newest pots even have magnetic power cords that snap off when tugged. If you’ve ever cleaned hot cheese out of a carpet you’ll know why this feature is vital.

The perfect menu for Valentine’s Day fondue should include a cheese fondue and chocolate fondue. Here are two fantastic recipes to get your started.

Swiss Fondue

2 cups dry White Wine

1 Garlic Clove

1 lb Swiss Cheese

3 tbsp Flour

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

1/4 tsp White Pepper

Salt to taste

Nutmeg to taste

Rub the inside of the fondue pot with the garlic clove and add clove to pot

Heat up the White Wine & Lemon Juice on medium low heat – should be hot but do not boil

Mix Flour and Cheese in a bowl

Slowly add cheese mixture while stirring

Add remainder of ingredients while stirring

Optional: Add a splash of Kirsch or Blackberry Brandy

To Dip: Italian bread cut into cubes, vegetables, flat breads

Chocolate Fondue

8 oz Premium Chocolate (chopped)

1 cup Whipping Cream

2 tsp Grand Marnier (optional)

Over low flame, heat Cream until warm (DO NOT BOIL)

Slowly add chocolate while stirring

Mixture will become smooth

Stir in liqueur

To Dip: Strawberries, Bananas, Apple Slices, Pound Cake, Angel Food Cake, Pretzels, Pineapple Chunks, Marshmallows

Staying at home on Valentine’s Day isn’t a terrible thing. In fact it could be fantastic if you make a romantic environment, set the mood, open a nice bottle of wine and serve fondue. You may never go out on Valentine’s Day again.

Anthony Tripodi is the webmaster of GoFondue.com – The Home of Fondue. If you’re looking for more information about making fondue or more gofondue.com/dessert.htm chocolate fondue recipes, visit gofondue.com gofondue.com

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