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Kitchen Mysteries: The Fondue Pot

One of the largest unsolved mysteries of the kitchen is the fondue pot. Fondue pots are a well loved bridal registry item and they are often given as house warming gifts. But by the time the thank you cards have been sent, the fondue pot has usually disappeared never to be heard from again. They wind up in the back of a closet or in the attic or some are even re-gifted. Why does everyone want a fondue pot but no one ever gets around to making fondue?

Fondue is simple to make. Sure there are some recipes that require sautéing vegetables or marinating meat overnight and some use exotic ingredients that you won’t find at the supermarket. Those types of recipes taste fantastic but they are the reason that your fondue pot is gathering dust instead of being used.

The key to getting use out of your fondue pot is to pick very simple recipes that are simple to make such as the recipes listed below. One is a basic cheese fondue that substitutes regular Swiss Cheese for the more expensive and harder to find Gruyere cheese. The 2nd recipe is Mocha Fondue, a must try recipe for coffee and chocolate lovers. Once again this is a recipe with basic ingredients and simple instructions.

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

Mocha Fondue

8 oz Semisweet Chocolate

1/2 cup Hot Espresso or Coffee

3 tbsp Granulated Sugar

2 tbsp Butter

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Chop chocolate into small pieces and set aside

Heat espresso and sugar in fondue pot on low heat

Slowly add chocolate and butter while stirring

Add Vanilla

Optional: Add a splash of Irish Cream

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

Fondue can be simple to make and it’s certainly fun. The key is to use simple recipes so that you can spend your time enjoying fondue and not worrying about getting a complicated recipe right. Isn’t it time that your fondue pot became a permanent fixture on your countertop. You can free up some room for it by moving the crock pot into the closet.

Anthony Tripodi is the webmaster of GoFondue.com – The Home of Fondue. For more information about fondue including recipes, thoughts and equipment, visit gofondue.com gofondue.com.

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