Fondue Date Night: A New Years Eve Tradition

Posted in Family Traditions, Life Lately, Pinterest Projects
on January 6, 2017

Every New Years Eve, we cuddle up on the couch in our comfy clothes with our confetti canons in hand, watch the ball drop in Times Square, and share a kiss at midnight.

To usher out the previous year, and welcome the next, we toast in our wedding champagne flutes that are brought out just for this occasion.  We reflect on the year together, and dream about what the next year may hold for us.

And, in the midst of our little romantic celebration, we make a special meal that we only indulge in on New Years Eve…Fondue!

New Years Eve

One year for Christmas, Adam bought me a fondue pot.  I was so excited to use it, but we decided to wait until New Years Eve to make our first fondue together.  And, ever since then, it’s been a yearly tradition.

We practically planned our entire wedding in a booth at The Melting Pot, so fondue holds a special place in our hearts.

We feast on cheese fondue…then chocolate.  And, sometimes in between the cheese and the dessert, we cook steak in the Fondue pot as well.  It’s one of my favorite meals to make, and it is super easy.

Here’s our favorite fondue recipes, courtesy of The Melting Pot….

Fondue Recipes

Traditional Swiss Fondue

3 1/2 cups of Swiss cheese, shredded

2 tbsp of all-purpose flour

1 cup of white wine

2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice

2 tsp finely chopped garlic

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

Dash of grated nutmeg

In a bowl, toss the shredded cheese and all-purpose flour together.  Heat up your fondue pot, and pour the wine into the pot.  Add the lemon juice and garlic, and stir continuously.  Cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

Add half the cheese and cook until melted, stirring constantly.  Add the remaining cheese in small batches.  Garnish with a dash of nutmeg.  Enjoy!

{Note all these recipes can also be prepared in a double broiler}

Fondue

We like to serve crunchy French Bread, apple slices, and small veggies (just to make ourselves feel better about eating a giant bowl of cheese 😂) with our first coarse.  I have to say, the Bread is the best accompaniment.

New Years Eve

Most of the time, we are stuffed after cheese and chocolate, but sometimes we want to be extra fancy, and we cook steak in the fondue pot.

We use the Bourguignonne Cooking Style….

Bourguignonne Cooking Style for Fondue

3-5 cups vegetable or peanut oil

steak or meat of your choosing, seasoned

Fill the Fondue pot 1/3 full with the oil.  Heat the oil to 350 degrees.  Thread a piece of steak into the fondue fork, and cook in the oil until the desired doneness (usually 1-2 minutes for medium).  Let the remaining oil cool and discard safely.

We always have an oven mit and the kitchen fire extinguisher on hand when we’re cooking with oil. 😉

And, now, onto Dessert….

Confetti

We love the Chocolate S’mores Fondue recipe! S’mores are Adam’s favorite treat, after all.  We serve it with strawberries, Oreos, pound cake, Marshmallows, and pretzels!!  It’s so yummy!  We snack on it all evening! Here’s the recipe that I’ve tweaked a little…ok a lot!

Chocolate S’mores Fondue

8 ounces of chocolate (I prefer dark, or a mixture of milk and dark 😉)

2 tsp marshmallow creme (I tend to use more)

2 tbsp of rum (I use heavy cream instead)

1/4 cup of graham cracker crumbs for garnish

Melt the chocolate, stirring constantly…do not burn the chocolate!  That would be devastating! 😂 Add the marshmallow creme.  If adding the rum, place the marshmallow creme in the center of the chocolate, and ignite.  Allow the flame to burn out, and gently combine.  (I don’t generally like to set things on fire inside my house, especially not my food, so we skip that part! 😬 However it does sound yummy!)  Sprinkle with graham crackers, and indulge!

Fondue

There you have it!  Our romantic Fondue Date Night New Years Eve Tradition.  Whew!

Do you have a favorite New Years Eve Tradition!? I’d love to hear about it.  If you decide to try these fondue recipes, let us know how you like them!  Happy New Year!

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