Looking for an out-of-the-box valentine’s day party or date idea? We love a fondue night! Start your night off with a cheese fondue.
While there are numerous recipes you can find online and in your parents’ cookbooks, we like this one by Tyler Florence: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/cheese-fondue-recipe.html. You can pair it with pretty much anything from crackers and apples, to a variety of cut up vegetables. Make sure you cut everything into bitesize pieces. You want to make them large enough to stay on the fondue forks but easy to eat in one bite! The Kitchen Aid blog has a fondue post with another recipe and more ideas for dippers: http://blog.kitchenaid.com/do-fondue-recipe/.
If you’re planning fondue for a group of people, divide the cheese fondue into individual ramekins so each person can dip their own or provide a spoon with the fondue pot and let guests drizzle cheese over the vegetables and fruit on their plates.
If you don’t have a fondue pot, don’t fret! A slow cooker works just as well. No fondue forks? Guess what – a regular fork will feed your guests just fine! You can make your fondue night as casual or as fancy as you want.
If you decide you want to do a meat and seafood fondue for the main course, you will need a fondue pot to heat the oil to 350-375 degrees. Here is one take on making a marinade for your meat and then the steps for the oil fondue: http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/filet-mignon-and-shrimp-fondue.
And for dessert, a chocolate fondue is a must! Fruit, marshmallows, pound cake and pretzels make great dippers for this easy dessert. Here is a recipe to make a delicious chocolate for your fondue: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/slow-cooker-chocolate-fondue-recipe.html, but you can also melt semi-sweet chocolate and heavy cream together in a pinch and it will still be tasty!
Have a lot of fondue left over at the end of the night? Have mason jars ready to give to your guests to share the leftovers! (Photo: http://thedecoratedcookie.com/2014/08/how-to-make-chocolate-coconut-fondue-to-go-in-minutes/)