Fond of Fondue!!

What is not to love about bread, cheese, apples, and dipping? Fondue is a big hit with kids. Perhaps it is the sword-like skewer fondue forks that they get to wield. (exercise caution, and don’t say we didn’t warn you) Perhaps it is the break from typical dinner with the plate and the forks and the meat, rice and veggies. No, fondue feels different. It feels experimental. It feels “grown up”. Dare I say, fun.

Here are some of my favorite Fondue Recipes that I think your family is sure to love too:

Cheese Fondue
Makes 2 ½ cups
1 cup milk
1 clove garlic, smashed (optional)
1 pound Monterey jack cheese, coarsely grated
2 tablespoons flour

1. Heat the milk and the garlic (if using the garlic) in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering, 2 – 3 minutes.
2. Toss the cheese and flour together in a bowl or a gallon-sze ziplock bag until the shreds are evenly floured.
3. Whisk the cheese into the milk a bit at a time, allowing each bit to melt before adding more.
When it is all melty and smooth (this should only be a minute after last bit is added), fish out the garlic clove and pout the mixture into a fondue pot, and serve. *monitor the heat for your kids*

Try these sides:
large cooked pasta tubes for dipping (build your own mac and cheese, anyone?), we like whole wehat or brown rice pasta
cooked tortellini
whole-wheat bread cubes
small ravioli
cubes of ham or chicken
lighty steamed (or not) broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas

Chocolate Fondue 
(maybe this one comes out after the kids are in bed for an at home, after dinner, date night)
Makes 1 ¾ cups

¾ cups heavy cream
1 (12 oz) bag of semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla or 1 tablespoon Frangelico liqueur

1. Heat the cream in a small pot over very low heat for about a minute, being very careful not to let it boil.
2. Add the chocolate chips and stir until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the vanilla or liqueur, stir, and pour into a fondue pot.
4. Serve. (try not to get a stomach ache).

Try these dipping sides:
Cubes of pound cake or angel food cake
Pretzel sticks (Trader Joe’s sells amazing honey wheat pretzel sticks)
Chunks of bananas, strawberries, apples, pears or pineapples

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