"Easy Fondue Recipes" is a misnomer, in a way; there don't seem to be any difficult ones! One thing is for certain, you've never had fun until you've had a fondue party.
It's definitely that "something easy, fun, and special" for your next party.
In the first type of fondue, raw meats, poultry, seafood, and, vegetables are cooked right in the fondue pot. They're cooked in a flavorful broth, wine, beer, or hot oil (usually olive, canola or peanut oil), then dipped in a favorite dipping sauce.
Here are a few delicious but simple fondue dipping sauce recipes.
You'll likely find lots of other dipping sauce ideas in your own refrigerator. Store-bought Ranch Dressing and plum sauce, as examples, both make excellent dipping sauces. Or, make your own Plum Sauce.
Sometimes these bite-size morsels are dipped in batter before frying. Battered fondues can be classy as prawns or scallops dipped in tempura batter and fried, or as casual as hot dog bites dipped in beer batter, and fried.
Beer Batter Recipe
In the second and more common type of fondues, foods are not cooked in the pot. Rather, cooked foods or raw fruits and vegetables are dipped and swirled in a variety of cheese, chocolate, and fruit mixtures that are kept warm in the pot.
While chocolate fondues and other dessert fondue recipes are
relatively new on the scene, cheese fondues go way back. In fact, our Classic Cheese Fondue, crusty bread dipped in a Gruyère, Emmentaler and wine mixture, is very reminiscent of the original fondue.
A Brief Fondue History
Fondue is a centuries-old Swiss creation born of a need to make the dried-out winter stores of cheese and bread more palatable. Village peasants would melt the cheese in a communal pot, add wine or brandy and dip the crusty bread into it. The first easy fondue recipe was born.
The delicious concoction, named Fondue from the French word meaning to blend or to melt, became both a meal and a social event.
Fondue is still a social event, but oh so much more than a
peasant's meal. It's a festive dinner, an elegant dessert, a fun party
dip. Even though chocolate fondue recipes were a few hundred years late
getting here, it was worth the wait.
For a fun, safe (and proper) party:
Serve Bagna Cauda in your Fondue Pot