I've always loved the idea of fondue. Bite-sized food dipped in warm, gooey goodness! So, for my birthday we invited some people over for an adult toy party, and I tried my hand at some homemade fondue!
I made 4 different recipes: White Chocolate-Berry, Dark Chocolate, Tomato, and Guinness Cheese. I was surprised at how easy they all were.
White Chocolate-Berry Fondue
I wasn't that fond of this fondue. It had a very good flavor, but was almost too sweet. I believe it might be better to use a fruit spread that's a little more tart!
3/4 c Whipping Cream
1/4 c Amaretto
3/4 c Strawberry Spreadable Fruit*
3 bars (4oz each) White Chocolate Baking Bars, chopped
Place chopped white chocolate in a medium bowl; set aside. In a small saucepan, heat cream untill just below a boil. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate. Stir chocolate/cream mixture until smooth. Add amaretto and fruit spread. Stir to combine. Keep warm. Serve in fondue pot or ceramic bowl.
*You can substitute any flavor fruit spread
Dark Chocolate Fondue
Makes 6 servings
This fondue was excellent! A definite must for all the chocolate lovers out there!!!!
1 c heavy cream
1/2 stick unsalted butter
12 oz milk chocolate chips
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine cream and butter. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; Add all chips and stir until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Transfeer to a fondue pot or ceramic bowl for serving.
Guinness Cheese Fondue
I personally wasn't a fan of this fondue, but it seemed to be a big hit at the party. Everyone was asking for the recipe before the night was up. I believe that you would have to be a beer fan to enjoy it! It was totally the easiest thing I made though!
4 c shredded cheddar cheese
2 cans cheddar cheese soup
2 t worstershire sauce
1 (12oz) bottle Guinness
1 t garlic juice
1 t dry mustard
Reserve 2 T cheese for garnish.
In a 4 quart slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Top with remaining 2 T cheese. Serve with beer.
This is by far the best fondue of the evening! I found this in a cookbook I had (The best casserole cookbook ever: Beatrice Ojakangas). It says it serves 6, but that is for huge servings!
1 large can (28oz) crushed italian style tomatoes with their juice*
1 t dried oregano
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
3 c shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 350F. Put the tomatoes with their juice in a 1 quart casserole dish. Mix in the oregano, salt, and pepper. Bake for 1 hour, or until the tomatoes are bubbly hot. Add the cheese gradually, stirring to combine after each addition. Keep warm until ready to serve.
*I used canned, fire-roasted tomatoes.
We had a million things to dip in them as well. We had donut holes, brownies, celery, apples, pretzels, bread cubes, green and red peppers, pound cake, and I'm sure some others that I just can't remember at the moment!