Date 15: Fondue Night

Another date that we celebrated this weekend was Fondue Night!  We decided to do this on New Year’s Eve and it turned out really well!  We don’t own a fondue pot, so we looked for an easy cheese fondue recipe that we could cook on the stove top and one that also wouldn’t require a number of speciality cheeses that we were unfamiliar with.  After some googling I finally found one that sounded pretty good & we decided we’d give that a try.  We also wanted to do a chocolate fondue as well, so we set out to the grocery store to get all necessary supplies.

The cheese fondue recipe we used was the following:

6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/4 c. onion, diced and browned in 1 tbsp bacon drippings

2 c. sour cream

2 tsp flour

1 tsp worcestershire

1 lb (4 c.) shredded cheese of your choice–we used cojack

Cook & crumble bacon, then set aside.  Brown onions in 1 tbsp bacon drippings, then coat with flour and add remaining ingredients.  Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes liquid (this may take a little while, but hang in there, because it does eventually happen!  You can turn the heat up a little if necessary, just stir constantly so it doesn’t stick or scorch).  Once it’s smooth & creamy, add bacon & serve.

We decided to go to Panera to grab a few bagels to cut up and have with our cheese fondue–Asiago Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar, Everything, and Plain bagels went with this deliciously!

Bread & cheese for New Year's Eve!

That filled us up for a long while, so we waited to have our dessert fondue until later in the evening.  For the dessert fondue, we just got milk chocolate chips and melted them in our double boiler before transferring to a bowl.  To dip, we got a mini strawberry cheesecake and a variety of fruit.  It was SO good!

Enjoying our fondue with some dessert wine!

Fondue night was definately fun!  It would be easier in the future with fondue pots (I have my eye on an electric set from Target, just sayin…) but we made do pretty well with what we had!  Might have to make this one a NYE tradition!

Total cost for our night-in fondue date: $25

Cheap Date Tip: Date night doesn’t have to mean that you go out and do something!  Stay in and do something special and outside the norm for a regular night in!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy Eades
    Jan 02, 2011 @ 22:13:51

    Sounds great, Teale! I think the cheese dip would also be good with a sharp cheddar or maybe an Italian version with a nice 4-blend of hard cheeses. I know you said the strawberry wine was awful, and I don’t drink in any case, but it looks so pretty in the picture! So it was good for aesthetic purposes 😉

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    • tealeth922
      Jan 02, 2011 @ 22:20:57

      I’ve had strawberry wine that was much better! This was a recommendation from the guy at Friar Tuck & it was far too sweet… turns out it was a wine made from honey… never knew such a thing existed!

      (and we had champagne, but we saved that for midnight!)

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  2. Amy Eades
    Jan 02, 2011 @ 22:14:28

    On second thought, a nice champagne would go very well with that, as it’s also a sweet, dessert wine.

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