Holiday festivities have already started in our neighborhood. Recently we had a fondue party with friends. If you have never tried fondue or have never been to a fondue party, let me tell you they are one of the most social and fun parties ever.
Here are some tips to organize a fondue party:
Fondue Pots – It is best to have more than one fondue pot, so you may want to borrow one from a friend and depending on how many people you are expecting, you may want to have several available. If you do not have a fondue pot and are considering buying one, there are many nice ones available now that are electric. The electric pans heat up faster and more controllable than the sterno type of pots.
Menu – When we fondue, we usually have shrimp, chicken and beef. You can also use scallops, meatballs, bread and vegetables. Figure about 1/3 – 1/2 pound of meat per person. Whatever you choose will need to be cut up in bite size pieces before the party. We usually add a salad or two to the menu to round out the main meal. Then we have chocolate fondue for dessert. We do it potluck style and everyone brings a part of the meal.
Cooking Essentials – Once you determine the types of foods you will use for the fondue, you will want to decide if you want to use broth or oil to put in the fondue pots. If you use oil, I would recommend peanut, vegetable or canola oil as those types tend to smoke less. If you use broth, you can use any flavor you like. Follow heating directions according to your fondue pot as all are not exactly alike.
Sauces – Next comes dipping sauces. It is nice to have a few available. Some suggestions are BBQ, Teriyaki, Sesame, Honey Mustard, Cocktail, Steakhouse, Blue cheese Horseradish, and Ginger. You can make your own or use bottled. You can put these into ramekins that usually come with the pot.
Fondue Forks – Most fondue pots come with six different colored forks so that people will not get confused. You can also use wooden skewers and have people mark them with markers or some other type of ornament so they know which one is theirs.
Don’t forget Dessert – Dessert is one of the best items on the menu. In fact, you can just have a fondue dessert party if you want to keep things simple. I would recommend chocolate as your fondue with fun food to dip such as marshmallows, angel food cake and fruit.
Chocolate Fondue Recipe
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix the chips and milk or cream in the fondue pot. Add the vanilla when chips are completely melted and blended. Enjoy!
Keep in mind that a fondue party is suitable for teens or adults. In fact, it is a great party theme for teens. It is a great way to add socialization to your party. If you have a party with young children, you may just want to have fondue appetizers for the adults in a supervised area.
Here are some great items to get started: