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Short on time? Fondue for dinner!

Short on time? Fondue for dinner!

How many times do you come home and say, “What am I going to make for dinner!?” Well, I have a quick fix that is delicious, can involve the entire family, and doesn’t take long to prepare.

The answer; Fondue! In the Schie house, we fondue for the fun of it… sorry, I can’t help the humor, it just happens! Anyway, fondue; yes, we fondue a lot. Probably because my hubby’s family is Swiss and they always made fondue. His Aunt Darlene was always making fondue and having fondue parties, so that’s where he learned how to fondue, but for me, it wasn’t until I married him that I ever heard of fondue! (You haven’t heard about my SPAM childhood! I’ll save that for another blog.)

Fondue was invented by the Swiss back around the 18th century, mainly out of desperation. They had no way to keep foods fresh. They didn’t have fridges and freezers like we do, so they had to eat stale cheese and bread. They found that when they heated the cheese it was easier to eat, and tasted much better. They also discovered that dipping that hard, stale bread in the cheese, softened it up. So, fondue was invented!

So, when I said that making fondue was easy and could include the entire family in the preparation, let me elaborate on that for a moment. When you fondue, you need “dippers”, or foods to dip into the fondue, right? Here’s where your sous chefs come into play! Give everyone things to cut up; someone cuts the bread into cubes, someone cuts up the broccoli, someone else chops the mushrooms, and so on, until all the dippers are ready and on the platter! Simple. Your job just got 10 times easier!

Now for the fondue recipe; this is best part because my recipe is simple and adjustable. If you don’t have the type of cheese that I used, that’s OK, just substitute another cheese in its place. Plus, there are so many recipes online; it’s easy to find one for whatever cheese is in your refrigerator.

So, if your short on time, or just want to get some help in the kitchen, or you just want to have a blast from the past (the ‘60s & ‘70s were fondue years), get some cheese and make some fondue for dinner.

Have fun with your fondue!

Until next time,
Chef Sherry

P.S. Iif you want more Fondue recipes, email me at and I’ll be more than happy to email you some. I have some awesome dessert fondue recipes as well!

Cheesy Garden Fondue

2 cup Heini’s Garlic & Herb Yogurt Cheese, shredded
2 cup Heini’s Garden Vegetable Yogurt Cheese, shredded
2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup white wine
1/3 cup roasted red peppers, drained and diced
1/4 cup artichoke hearts, dried and diced
1/4 cup asparagus, blanched and diced
Pinch of salt

Place grated cheeses in bowl, add cornstarch and combine.

In a sauce pan or fondue pot, add wine. Bring to a low simmer. Slowly add cheese mixture while whisking. Continue whisking until all cheese is melted. If cheese fondue is too thick at this point, you may add a little wine until it reaches desired consistency.

Add peppers, artichokes and asparagus. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes.

Serve with crusty French baguette, sourdough bread, grilled steak bites, cooked chicken, or assorted vegetables.

Wed, Jun 13th 2012, 14:11

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