The word fondue comes from the French word fondre also it means to melt or to blend. Orlando FL Medical Marijuana Doctor need to have named it after the French word for outstandingly delicious but even that would be limiting. There are so many varieties and kinds of fondues out there that perhaps 1 word really can not describe it.
I’m sure you’ve probably heard of or even tried cheese fondue. It was popular in the 70ies. In the event you were not around back then, maybe you got a fondue pot as a wedding present and have been meaning to try it. Or you may have never tried it at all. Whatever your background, this guide will show you the basics of cheese fondue and hopefully get you excited to experiment with the many other varieties such as hot oil, broth or dessert fondues.
Cheese fondue originated in the alps at the end of winter when food supplies were low. Farmers would use what they had available to feed their families. Cheese, bread and wine were usually all that was available. So they threw the wine and cheese in a pot and dipped their bread in there and waited for Spring.
So why is fondue popular again? It is not because people are having trouble finding food during the winter. Supermarkets took care of this issue. No, fondue is popular again because it’s fun and delicious. A fondue party is a superb way to have a dinner party. All the homework can be done before the guests arrive and the host can enjoy the meal and their business without running back and forth from the kitchen to the dinner table.
Okay, so lets get you cooking. First thing you ought to try fondue is a fondue pot. Just plug them in, set the temp and you are all set. There are also ceramic pots and metal baskets that you could use but you can’t cook hot oil fondue in a ceramic pot and the metal pots aren’t great for cheese fondue. The electric fondue pots are the most versatile and they’re even made dishwasher safe today.
Classic Cheese Fondue. When folks discuss fondue this is what they are discussing. Remember to use the real Gruyere and Emnenthaler cheeses and not some swiss from the supermarket. You’ll taste the difference and so will your guests.
Classic Cheese Fondue
1/2 lb Gruyeye (shredded)
1 tsp Garlic
2 cups Dry White Wine
1 tbs Lemon Juice
3 tbs Kirsch (also Called Kirschwasser – cherry brandy)
1/4 tsp White Pepper
Nutmeg and/or Paprika to taste
Rub the inside of the fondue pot with the garlic clove – add clove to bud or disgard it (your choice)
Reduce heat to low and gradually add cheese while stirring
Gradually add rest of ingredients while stirring
Italian Bread (or any crusty bread) cut into bite-sized cubes
Vegetables – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Bell Peppers, etc..
Fondue Tips & Traditions:
If the fondue is too hard add more wine.
If the fondue is too soft add more cheese.
Have your visitors stir in a figure eight pattern every time they dip something.
Tradition says that if the item you’re dipping comes off of your fork: Men-Next round of drinks is on you, Women-You should kiss the guy to your left
Make your own customs. The ones above are outdated and sound a little chauvinistic to me.
Cold drinks aren’t usually served.
The traditional drink for fondue is hot tea or the wine which you used to cook with.
Ignore the rules and function Merlot. It goes great with cheese fondue.