Thought Leader Series: Fabulous Fondue Dinner Parties

Erin Pennings is a marketer by trade who serves up tasty treats and fun feats as a food/lifestyle blogger at SalmonAtSeven.com. Fondue is versatile--perfect for a romantic night in as well as a fun party. What's more romantic than...

Fondue dinner parties

Erin Pennings is a marketer by trade who serves up tasty treats and fun feats as a food/lifestyle blogger at SalmonAtSeven.com.

Fondue is versatile--perfect for a romantic night in as well as a fun party. What's more romantic than fondue? Cozying up together with great conversation for a leisurely meal of cooking your food one piece at a time. Yet at the same time it can be a great event with friends, filled with laughter and chatter.

In a recent post, we discussed the (ancient) history of fondue and how it started as dipping bread into hot molten cheese. Cheese fondue is still pretty amazing. It's got cheese, after all. What more could you need? (side note - you can definitely toss some bacon in, so "bacon" isn't an answer to this hypothetical question.)

Fondue dinner parties

Fondue is fun. Throw the best dinner party your friends have seen using your fondue pot!

Today we're here to chat about main courses of fondue. Are you hosting a progressive dinner with friends? Stumped what to offer for a main course? Well, the answer is fondue. It can always be fondue. This time, we're going to set aside the cheese in favor of decadent broths and oils. As with cheese, the options are endless, but we'll share a few ideas to get your creativity flowing.

Preparing the food

It's your fondue party, so you can cook just about anything you want to! Popular meats are chicken, beef (a variety of cuts), lamb, and shrimp. Be sure to cut up meats in smaller cubes that are easily skewered with a fondue fork and small enough to cook quickly. As you prepare foods for fondue, don't forget your veggies to round out the meal - if you have favorites, please include the. We love mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, and potatoes. You'll also want to include a handful of dipping sauces for guests to choose from.

Coq al vin broth recipe

(adapted from Best Fondue)

Ingredients

  • 250 ml (1 cup) Dry red wine

  • 1.5 L (6 cups) Chicken broth

  • 4 Green onions, chopped

  • 2 Garlic cloves

  • 6 Button mushrooms, sliced

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) Italian spices

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) Parsley

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Combine all ingredients and bring to boil. If you've got an electric fondue pot, you can combine them directly in the pot. If you're using a traditional fondue pot with sterno candles to heat it, you may want to boil in a pan on the stove first and transfer to the fondue pot. Start cooking your meats and veggies, and enjoy!

Dipping sauce ideas

  • Pesto

  • Thai Peanut Sauce

  • Curried mayonnaise (add ½ tsp curry powder to ½ cup mayonnaise and stir together)

  • Teriyaki Sauce

  • Aioli (add a clove of diced garlic, 3 tbsp olive oil, and ¼ tsp salt to ½ cup mayonnaise, stir together)

Note: if making any of the sauces from scratch, try to make them the day before so the flavors have sufficient time to combine.

Fondue games

Whether you're hosting a romantic night for two or a bigger gathering of friends, games are a great way to add to the evening's fun. You could include a few rounds of charades to lighten the mood during dinner, with two teams made up of alternating table guests. However, to liven things up even more, a fun game is to institute a penalty when diners "lose" whatever they are cooking in the pot. This happens more than you might think! If your guests all know one another well, a game rule might be for the person who 'lost' their food to kiss the person to their left. If you prefer not to go down that path, the penalty could be to sing a song. No matter how you organize your fondue party, it's sure to be a good -- and delicious -- time.

So, let's start eating!

Need to get started with a fondue pot? We'd love to help you out. Browse our selection of fondue sets and other bakeware to get your party off on the right foot! We can't wait to hear how your fondue party goes (but we're not kissing you when your fork comes out of the pot empty).