I really like traditions, and alliteration, so I’m a huge fan of Fondue February. For the past four or so years I’ve invited friends over for Fondue sometime in February. It’s always a slightly different group and menu, but it’s always a lot of fun. I find it’s a great time of year for this kind of party because with the social whirl of the holidays is long forgotten and winter feeling like it may never end, people seem really primed to have fun! This past weekend, Aaron and I hosted a little fondue party for some of our friends in town, and true to form, we had a blast.
Fondue is really easy to make. REALLY easy. And fast! You can scale the menu up or down depending on your crowd size and your craziness. I’ll share what we did this year, but don’t be intimidated. You could simplify the menu by serving just one savory and one sweet fondue, eliminate half of the dippers, and still have a delicious and festive feast. I tend to opt-out of the oil fondue varieties because I don’t love the idea of serving up raw meat, but those are also an option.
We served up 5 kinds of fondue:
And to accompany them MANY dippers, listed below with their fondue pairings in parenthesis
- Marshmallows (4, 5)
- Red Peppers (1, 2, 3)
- Broccoli (1, 2, 3)
- Mini Waffles (4, 5)
- Thick slab bacon (1, 2,3, 4, 5)
- Cooked Chicken (1, 2, 3)
- Summer Sausage (1, 2)
- Potatoes (1, 2)
- Crusty Bread (1, 2, 5?)
- Green Apples (1, 2, 3?, 4, 5)
- Pineapple (3, 5)
- Strawberries (4, 5)
- Brownies (4, 5)
- Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins (4, 5)
- Cooked Meatballs (1, 2)
- Cooked Shrimp (3)
- Sugar Snap Peas (1, 2, 3)
- Soft Pretzel bites (1, 2, 3, 5?)
- Mini Yellow Cupcakes (4, 5)
- Banana (3, 4, 5)
Fondue Party Tips:
- If you’re baking for your dippers, bread, pretzels, cupcakes, etc, do that the night before to cut down on your prep time
- Spend a little extra money to buy the pre-cut broccoli, pineapples, etc that will save you a lot of dipper prep time
- Be thoughtful about placing your dipper around their best fondue pairings, we weren’t this year and several dippers got neglected this way
- Double the classic 3 cheese recipe if your party is larger than 8 people
- Use a tablecloth that is stain-resistant or not precious, fondue can be messy!
- Invest in an electric fondue pot(s) like this one from Cuisinart. We registered for three for our wedding and we LOVE using them. They make clean-up a breeze.
- Encourage people to move around or pass forks around if your spread is too large to make all the offerings within fork’s reach
- Stock up on wine (for the non-preggers) and prepare to have fun!
Can’t wait to see what next year’s Fondue February brings!