Do you fondue?

Discussion in 'Eggs, Cheese and Dairy' started by medtran49, 7 Feb 2019.

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  1. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

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    SE Florida
    I can't believe it's been 2 years since Craig and I had a fondue meal. Found the pics when I was looking for the escargot photos. I made a cheese and chocolate one with our girls 1 time last summer when I visited with them but that's the last time I had it.

    Neither of us had ever had fondue until about 5-6 years ago when I finally convinced Craig to check out The Melting Pot, which is a small chain of fondue restaurants in the US. They have quite a varied selection from a create your own fondue experience to prix fixe meals. We took our oldest GD there 1 time when she was visiting and the child went bonkers for it.

    Ended up getting a pot like The Melting Pot uses, except ours has inserts so you don't have to have more than 1 and don't have to clean in between, as well as sectioned plates, forks, etc, plus got an induction burner so we could cook at the table like they do in the restaurant. It's about time for another fondue meal, maybe Valentine's Day.

    Shrimp, beef, chicken ready to cook.

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    Bread cubes for cheese course.

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    Veges for cheese and main courses
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    We didn't have a chocolate course for that meal, but would definitely have to have one for Valentine's.

    So, do you fondue?
     
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  2. MrsDangermouse

    MrsDangermouse Über Member

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    We tend to stick with the classic cheese fondue: white wine, Emmenthal, Gruyère, garlic and little cornflour slurry to thicken :thumbsup: Served with chunks of crusty bread, a green salad, cornichons and pickled onions. My favourite part though is la religieuse - we always fight over it :laugh:

    We have one of these cast iron fondue sets:

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    Last year when we were in Switzerland we treated ourselves to a fondue and interestingly they provided a little dish of caraway seeds which you could add to the melted cheese. I love caraway and thought it added a really nice dimension to the flavour of the fondue so I've started doing that at home too.

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  3. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

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    I'm going to have to add cornichons to our plates next time. I'm sure they make a nice balance to the richness of the cheese.

    I love cheese like that. I wouldn't have to fight Craig too much. He'd rather have toast than the fricos I make for mushroom risotto. For the life of me, I don't know why though... I mean it's crispy cheese!
     
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  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    What is la religieuse?
     
  5. MrsDangermouse

    MrsDangermouse Über Member

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    Its the crusty layer of cheese that sticks to the bottom of the fondue pot :hungry:
     
  6. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    SatNavSaysStraightOn Site Owner Staff Member

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    One of my new Recipe books had a recipe in it for a vegan cheese fondue. You've given me an idea for next week . I'll have to see if I have all of the ingredients. If not I have this weekend to track them down.
     
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  7. Shermie

    Shermie Veteran

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    Can I use my makeshift double boiler to melt the cheese, instead of buying a fondue pot? :wink:
     
  8. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

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    Of course.
     
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  9. MrsDangermouse

    MrsDangermouse Über Member

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    You'd be better just using the saucepan on the stove - no double-boiler needed for cheese fondue.

    When preparing the fondue I've found its best to put the fondue pot directly on the stove to heat the wine and melt the cheese. When its nice and hot and bubbly I add the cornflour slurry to thicken and only then does it get transferred to the stand.

    Keeping it hot at the table could also be a challenge: ideally you want a fairly fierce heat underneath to keep the cheese bubbling and to create the crusty bit on the bottom. The meths burner in the fondue set does this, but without one you could keep returning it to the stove to heat it up every 5 mins or so – this is what we do when we have a fondue in the motorhome (we don't carry a fondue set with us).

    Actually this thread just reminded me....I took this photo in Innsbruck of a shop window dedicated to all things fondue and raclette:
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  10. Shermie

    Shermie Veteran

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    That's what I thought!! :wink:
     
  11. epicuric

    epicuric Veteran Staff Member

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    Shropshire, UK
    Never done fondue, but went through a raclette phase about twenty years ago! Great fun for small gatherings of friends and family, and an ideal way of introducing children to simple cooking.
     
  12. Frizz1974

    Frizz1974 Well-Known Member

    Cheese fondue filled whole roast pumpkin has become a tradition here for Halloween. I’ve never dipped meat in it though. Just bread and I make my own scoop shaped crackers that are sturdy enough to scoop out some pumpkin along with the cheese.
     
  13. Herbie

    Herbie Senior Member

    Ooh. Please post this. I'm getting into vegan cheese things at the moment. Just not on crackers/in a sandwich, but cooked is great.
     
  14. MrsDangermouse

    MrsDangermouse Über Member

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    Yes raclette is fun too - I think I prefer it to fondue actually. Our old raclette grill stopped working just before Christmas last year so we replaced it with this one:
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    Its great because you can just turn on half of it if there's only two of you. And the big round bit pivots so you can either use it as shown in the picture, or as a very long thin grill which makes it much easier for everyone at the table to reach the cooking area.
     
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  15. Cheesy_Breezy

    Cheesy_Breezy New Member

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    Wisconsin
    I definitely fondue. I don't go crazy with chocolate or oil. Just the classic cheese fondue makes me happy enough. For cheese types though, I am an Emmentaler evangelist. It's rich and salty but doesn't overwhelm whatever you're dipping in it. I just like to go for the classics.
     
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