The Fondue Pot
Contributed by: Anthony Tripodi
One of the biggest unsolved mysteries of the kitchen is the
fondue pot. Fondue pots are a popular bridal registry item and
they are often given as house warming gifts. But by the time
the thank you cards have been sent, the fondue pot has usually
disappeared never to be heard from again. They wind up in the
back of a closet or in the attic or some are even re-gifted.
Why does everyone want a fondue pot but no one ever gets around
to making fondue?
Fondue is easy to make. Sure there are some recipes that
require sauteing vegetables or marinating meat overnight and
some use exotic ingredients that you won't find at the
supermarket. Those types of recipes taste great but they are
the reason that your fondue pot is gathering dust instead of
The key to getting use out of your fondue pot is to pick very
simple recipes that are easy to make such as the recipes listed
below. One is a basic cheese fondue that substitutes regular
Swiss Cheese for the more expensive and harder to find Gruyere
cheese. The 2nd recipe is Mocha Fondue, a must try recipe for
coffee and chocolate lovers. Once again this is a recipe with
basic ingredients and easy instructions.
- 2 cups dry White Wine
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 lb Swiss Cheese
- 3 tbsp Flour
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1/4 tsp White Pepper
- Salt to taste
- Nutmeg to taste
Rub the inside of the fondue pot with the garlic clove and add clove to pot.
Heat up the White Wine & Lemon Juice on medium low heat -
should be hot but do not boil.
Mix Flour and Cheese in a bowl.
Slowly add cheese mixture while stirring.
Add remainder of ingredients while stirring.
Optional: Add a splash of Kirsch or Blackberry Brandy.
To Dip: Italian bread cut into cubes, vegetables, flat breads.
- 8 oz Semisweet Chocolate
- 1/2 cup Hot Espresso or Coffee
- 3 tbsp Granulated Sugar
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Chop chocolate into small pieces and set aside.
Heat espresso and sugar in fondue pot on low heat.
Slowly add chocolate and butter while stirring.
Optional: Add a splash of Irish Cream.
To Dip: Angel Food Cake, Apple Slices, Bananas, Strawberries,
Pound Cake, Pretzels, Pineapple Chunks, Marshmallows.
Fondue can be easy to make and it's definitely fun. The key is
to use simple recipes so that you can spend your time enjoying
fondue and not worrying about getting a complicated recipe
right. Isn't it time that your fondue pot became a permanent
fixture on your countertop. You can free up some room for it by
moving the crock pot into the closet.
About The Author: Anthony Tripodi is the webmaster of
GoFondue.com - The Home of Fondue. For more information about
fondue including recipes, ideas and equipment, visit