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Just Fondue it! – Throwing a Fondue Party

Well, 2011 is almost here and that means its time to put your party hat on and get ready to ring in the New Year. Perhaps you are wanting to throw a New Year’s Eve party but are up in arms as to what you should serve your guests. While ham rolls and other hors d’oeuvres are a great idea for any New Year’s Eve party, they can also be very mundane. A great way to ring in the New Year with a little twist is to throw a fondue party.

Fondue is a great party idea because it usually provides enough food for a large crowd and makes for a great novelty item to display on your table for all to admire. In order to throw a great fondue party, there are certain steps you should take. First you should decide whether you want to use sterno or electric fondue pots.

An electric fondue pot can easily heat cheese or vegetable oil. These pots are ideal if you are needing to keep the contents inside of the pot within a specific temperature. Electric fondue pots tend to heat up at a much faster rate than sterno pots. This allows them to be heated immediately on a table instead of in advance on a stove top.

A sterno fondue pot keeps cheese and chocolate warm but is not ideal for keeping vegetable oil heated , because they usually don’t reach the necessary heat it takes to boil the oil. Sterno fondue pots are usually heated up on a stove top first and then when it reaches a certain temperature it can be transferred onto the table and the sterno canned heat can be used inside of the burner.

It’s a good idea to provide your guests with fondue skewers, a large dinner plate, and ramekins for dipping sauce. Make sure your guests understand that the skewers are only used for skewering the food items and cooking them inside of the fondue pot. When the items have been cooked to a desired temperature in the fondue pot, the guests should use a fork and knife to eat them instead of the skewer.

It would be a good idea to have at least three or four skewers for each fondue pot.

There are three fondue possibilities that are typically seen at a party: cheese, main course, and chocolate. The cheese fondue serves as sort of an appetizer and should be the first fondue pot on the table as your guests walk in. This can actually be put into a sterno pot and complements bread, apples, pretzels, tortilla chips, etc.

The second, and most important fondue pot would be the main course. This is ideal for an electric pot. You can pour vegetable oil into the pot and let it boil at 375ºF. A good way to test to see if the oil is ready is to place a wooden spoon into the oil and watch to see if it bubbles. For the main course, you can use a variety of small meats such as steak, shrimp, chicken, meatballs, weenies, etc.

You could also add veggies to give it variety.

The last course would be the dessert. It is recommended to wait at least an hour before bringing this pot out on the table. The best ingredients for this would be melted chocolate, and it complements bananas, strawberries, pineapples, etc.

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