Halloween this year was quiet, just the two of us. Since we don’t have many kids come knocking on our door anymore, we decided to be “bad” and pretend we were not home. It’s not hard when you turn out all the lights and watch the episodes of Poldark you’ve missed in weeks past!
Since I did not want to totally ignore the holiday, I made a fun dinner featuring fondue. I wanted it to be simple and use basic ingredients. I found the perfect recipe on melskitchencafe.com and made a delicious cheese fondue. Per Mel’s suggestion, we dipped broccoli, bread cubes, apple slices and baked new potatoes in the cheese fondue and it was heavenly!! Who needs candy?!
BTW, read Mel’s explanation about the tradition she started in her family to “encourage” her children NOT to drop their food in the cheese. It’s hilarious and could start a new tradition in your family.
Family Friendly Fondue
(adapted a bit from melskitchencafe.com)
2 cups grated Gruyere cheese (about 8 ounces)
1 and 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese (about 6 ounces)
2 Tablespoons corn starch
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/8 teaspoon lemon juice (she says this is important so don’t leave it out–it’s just a squeeze)
1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic (I used some roasted garlic cloves I had–just one, but next time I will use more for a more garlicky flavor)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Place the grated cheeses into a large Ziploc bag. Add the corn starch and close the bag. Toss the cheese so it is coated with the corn starch.
In a saucepan, heat the chicken broth, lemon juice and garlic until it starts to simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and slowly add the cheese, by handfuls, stirring after each handful. Keep the mixture moving so it does not burn on the bottom of the pan.
After the cheese is melted and barely starting to simmer (use see just a couple of bubbles), add the spices and stir. Then pour the cheese in to a fondue pot. Keep the pot warm so the cheese stays melted in either a flame or electric fondue pot. It should be nice and stringy.
Enjoy a fun, slow meal with those you love!