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Old 12-22-2011, 12:59 PM   #1
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Fondue dipping ideas

Tomorrow I thought I'd whip up a cheese fondue for dinner. To tell the truth, I'm a little bored with the usual apple or bread cube accompaniments. I thought chicken sausage chunks or blanched veggies might be good. I'm looking for other ideas, though.

What would you guys suggest?

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Old 12-22-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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Hey Steve, I've never made a fondue in my entire life. I've only eaten it one time as a guest at somone else's home. It was ok, but nothing I've ever bothered to duplicate.

What exactly is the setup for a Fondue? Hot oil for cooking meat, and melted cheese for dipping are the only two I remember from my one-time experience.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:16 PM   #3
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Broccoli and cauliflower? Mushrooms, artichoke hearts, maybe marinated. Those little pickled peppers. Pearl onions. Pretzels. Pepperoni chunks.

I've never tried any of these, but thought they sounded interesting.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:34 PM   #4
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What exactly is the setup for a Fondue? Hot oil for cooking meat, and melted cheese for dipping are the only two I remember from my one-time experience.
Timothy, the cheese fondue I make is more of a beer & cheddar sauce, rather than the traditional Swiss fondue with wine and white cheese (usually some combination of Emmenthaler, Gruyere, and Fontina). Think beer cheese soup, except thicker. Probably my Wisconsin roots at work, but I love it.

We've also had chocolate dessert fondue, which is basically just a ganache that's kept warm. Try this sometime with angel food cake, strawberries, or pretzels.

We probably have the hot oil fondue more than anything. It was always our daughter's favorite when she was a kid. For that one, we dip chunks of steak, or sometimes shrimp.
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Broccoli and cauliflower? Mushrooms, artichoke hearts, maybe marinated. Those little pickled peppers. Pearl onions. Pretzels. Pepperoni chunks.

I've never tried any of these, but thought they sounded interesting.
All good. As far as veggies, I was thinking Brussel sprouts or broccoli myself. I hadn't thought of pearl onions and mushrooms, but those sound good, too.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:38 PM   #6
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Small boiled redskin potatoes.

Steve,
Google Raclette, it is similar but some of the items they serve are different.

Gherkins
Olives
Ham chunks
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We love cheddar, swiss and beer fondue. Dip bread cubes and veggies. Thats the only fondue I have ever had.
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Timothy, the cheese fondue I make is more of a beer & cheddar sauce, rather than the traditional Swiss fondue with wine and white cheese (usually some combination of Emmenthaler, Gruyere, and Fontina). Think beer cheese soup, except thicker. Probably my Wisconsin roots at work, but I love it.

We've also had chocolate dessert fondue, which is basically just a ganache that's kept warm. Try this sometime with angel food cake, strawberries, or pretzels.

We probably have the hot oil fondue more than anything. It was always our daughter's favorite when she was a kid. For that one, we dip chunks of steak, or sometimes shrimp.
Thanks Steve, it sounds good to me. Except for the beer and cheese one. I don't care for beer very much.

Years ago, I drank my share of beer and then some, but I lost my taste for it.

I might have to pick up one of those fondue sets.
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I might have to pick up one of those fondue sets.
I just assumed that everyone had one of these sitting on a dusty shelf in the back of the closet. They aren't quite as popular these days, but back when I got married (the first time), I seem to recall receiving 3 or 4 fondue sets as gifts.
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We have one languishing in the basement, may have to bring it out! Tim, you might want to cruise second hand stores to pick up a used one.
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