Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Do you Fondue?



We got our first BIG snow storm yesterday...Tahoe is finally seeing winter!  While for many, that means skiing and sledding...for me, it means, warming up by the fire and eating something warm and yummy!  :)

I've always loved fondue and never realized how easy it is to whip up!  It's great for parties or as an easy app.  Plus the combinations are endless, which makes for some fun pairings!

Cheese Fondue Recipe
  • 1/2 cup white wine 
  • 1 Tb flour
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 6 ounces Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • A couple pinches cayenne pepper
In non-heated fondue pot, add in wine and flour and mix together until well blended.  Turn fondue pot to high heat.  Once boiling, turn down heat to simmer and let it thicken--about 1-2 minutes.  Keep heat on low and add small amounts of cheese, while stirring.   This should create a thick, cheesy mixture.  Stir in garlic salt and cayenne pepper to taste.


The fun part is picking all the goodies to dip in the cheese!  I like breads and apples myself...but really, there are tons and tons of options.

This particular fondue is super savory, but not too rich!  The cayenne pepper adds a surprising flavor that really rounds out the cheese.  

So tell me...do you fondue?  What are your favorite combos?

xo natasha

Linked to: Tasty Tuesdays

60 comments:

  1. I love fondue! We did a fondue supper club once and it was so much fun!

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  2. I do fondue! Just love it. Have tried a lot of variations put I love a classic swiss recipe best. And it does taste better in Switzerland...not sure why that is. They must have an untold secret!

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  3. Oh yes, I Fondue....Nothing better than dipping anything in gooey dreamy cheese.

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  4. Girl this looks so good! I am thinking next hosting party, I am doing this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  5. Girl this looks so good! I am thinking next hosting party, I am doing this! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  6. Yummy!!! We love going to the Melting Pot...it is amazing for fondue...I am hungry now! ;)
    Because Shanna Said So

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  7. Mmm! I LOVE fondue too!! The melting pot is one of my fav restaurants!

    We do chocolate fondue at our house with fruits, cookies, marshmellows, etc. It is really fun! :)

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  8. Yum! This looks delish! I don't have a fondue pot but I want to make this anyways :)
    P.S. I made your asparagus pasta the other night and it was sooo yum! My new fave!

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  9. ooh yum!! truth be told i have NEVER had fondue. been dying to try it! and now with this recipe i will :) cos it looks yummy!

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  10. Yum I love fondue! And I'm so excited that Tahoe finally has some snow, it's beautiful :)

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  11. oh my goodness I'm totally craving a soft pretzel right now! that fondue looks amazing and I'm so jealous of your snow! I feel like we totally missed our Winter here in SoCal. xo

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  12. I think I just shed a few tears... there is nothing more beautiful then a pot of cheese!! :) Yum!!!

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  13. Yum! I am a sucker for anything with cheese. It's dangerous!

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  14. I love fondue! We just had some 2 days ago, I love dipping carrots in it.

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  15. Back in NC we used to have fondue dinner parties all the time and each couple was in charge of bringing their own recipe. It was like The Melting Pot at home, so fun!

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  16. Yum I love fondue! Savoy or dessert is good with me :) I even went to fondue in Switzerland, it was awesome.

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  17. I had cheese fondue this past friday- delicious! We had it at a bistro but I love simple cheese and bread.

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  18. Yes! And this post is a great reminder to get to it again! yum!

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  19. Adore fondue! One of my favorites, especially for a rainy day. It was ridiculously stormy here yesterday too!

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  20. Fondue is literally my most favorite type of meal! We have this place in the Bay Area called The Rock- it's fondue for the cheese and chocolate then you grill your meat on a rock that's like 400 degrees. It's so amazing and fun!! Just went to fondue chocolate the other night with my friend. Your cheese looks delish. Yay for some snow!:)

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  21. Anything cheese is an obsession of mine so fondue is really right up my alley!

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  22. It was extremely stormy here too yesterday! Freezing cold as well. I think a huge melting pot of cheese would have made me very happy!

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  23. mmm i LOVE fondue but i havent had it in SO long! i need to change that soon. xo

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  24. Hot oil fondue is a tradition at our house for either Christmas Eve or New Years Eve. We don't do cheese much as the girls are lactose intolerant, but might next year when it is just the two of us.

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  25. I have never done fondue before! Your version sounds amazing. I really want to eat that whole bowl of cheese sauce right now!

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  26. Really, who doesn't love cheese??? Especially in the super fun form of fondue (c: I have to say, I am a little bit more of a fan of chocolate fondue, but that is just because I am such a health nut...HAHAHAHA! This sounds absolutely perfect for the winter days inside!

    P.S. I *love* the new lululemon top, so perfect for that cute lil' belly! And P.P.S-thanks for your comment over at B&B today, I really appreciate it!!! (c;

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  27. amen to fondue! cheese AND chocolate! we love it! xoxo

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  28. I love fondue! I remember growing up and my parents had fondue parties. Cheese with breads, meats, veggies and then choclate fondue with lots of fruit for dessert. My husband and I received a fondue pot for our wedding...must get it out.

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  29. My boyfriend and I just purchased our own fondue pot for Valentine's Day. It was so much fun, I can't wait to use it more and more. :)

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  30. Looks SO yummy! Love that it calls for white wine, I bet it's delish!

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  31. That looks so good! Especially the soft pretzels to dip in it :)

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  32. My hubby and I do fondue once a year with two other couples. We hosted it the last time around, and I decided to try out pizza fondue. It seemed to be everyone's favourite :-) We dipped foccacia, Boccaccini cheese, peppers, pearl onions, pepperoni, and sausage into a fondue pot of pizza sauce mixed with cheese and created little pizza bites. Yummy & fun :-)

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  33. Wow- this looks delicious Natasha! I'm sure your baby appreciated this meal - YUM!

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  34. i've never made fondue or gone out for fondue but this definitely makes me want to try!! looks so delicious!!

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  35. Living in Switzerland, you kind of have to do fondue ;-)

    I eat apples, button mushrooms and steamed broccoli with mine, dh goes for the classic bread. Either way... yum :-)

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  36. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  37. I love fondue! It makes for such a fun night with friends. We usually do french bread, broccoli, mushrooms, and apples with our cheese fondue. I never considered doing the pretzels, such a great idea!

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  38. I have a little mini fondu pot that I got for Christmas years ago. I have yet to use it, even though I love it!!

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  39. LOVEE fondue! Its a great "get together" meal!

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  40. I love fondue. Reminds me of my parents when they had parties in the 70's-80's. Have you tried it with Gruyere? Delicious!!!

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  41. There are so many things I need to try, first of all I've never tried fondue, only chocolate fondue and you will find this weird but I love to dip watermelon with it haha it tastes great

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  42. I love fondue (of the cheese or chocolate variety)!!

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  43. we DO fonDUE!! love it!! john and i always celebrate valentines day w/ a 3 course fondue meal at home and the cheese MIGHT be my favorite!! xoxo

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  44. I've always wanted to make fondue! This looks easy enough {and delicious} - all I need now is a fondue pot :)

    Thanks for the recipe!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  45. Fondue is great! I love going to Melting Pot for fondue :)

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  46. Mmmmm that big pot of cheesy fondue looks divine, Natasha! We do fondue, in a big way....cheese, chocolate, pizza fondue for the kiddos! I like your recipe for cheese fondue - we've discovered we are not fans of the shredded fondue cheese mix that you find in grocery stores that has Ementhaler cheese in it.....too strong of a swiss cheese taste for our taste buds (and it's crazy expensive to boot! So why bother) I will definitely try your cheddar/monterey jack/cayenne combo!!

    Have you ever put beef broth in the pot and cooked chunks of beef and veggies that way? It's really fun for a small group. I'll have to post about it sometime.

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  47. Mmmm, two of my favorite things: cheese and dipping. I don't know what it is about dipping things in stuff that I like so much!! I think it brings out my inner 3 year old. ;)

    This looks delish. Now I'm dying to try the cheese version. Hubz & I have chocolate fondue nights a couple times of year...always my fave!

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  48. This is SO great! I will definitely be trying this out very soon!

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  49. Every year I go skiing in France/Switzerland so fondue has no secrets for me :p

    It's so yum!

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  50. Yum, thanks for sharing! Do you ski? Will your wee one ski?

    I need to take Mad Max some day (and myself, I've never been either!)...

    -Tara
    http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com

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  51. I've never done fondue but I did get you a fondue pot for your wedding!!

    It looks yummy!

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  52. mmmm I just love fondue! what a great idea to add cayenne pepper!

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  53. holy crap. I am so eating this for dinner tonight. Even though I'm the one with baby weight to lose my husband is all into running and heating healthy lately so I'm afraid I might just have to eat the whole pot. whoohoo!

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  54. I gave up cheese for lent... I am drooling over my computer right now. Looks SO good!!!!

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