Hosting an Easy Fondue Party is easy. First you have to decide what type of fondue party to have. You can either do a sit down party where everyone gathers around a table or you can do a buffet party where fondue pots are set up in various locations around the house. If you decide to host a sit down fondue party, limit the number of guests to 8 or 10 as everyone needs to be able to reach the fondue pots. If you want to host more people, choose the buffet party and set up pots around the house. Once you determine the type of party and the number of people you will invite, it is time to organize your fondue equipment and select your recipes.
Fondue Pots There are many styles to choose from but basically it comes down to the heating source and the size of the pot. Electric Pot -- Rival Fondue Pots are reliable and work well for any kind of fondue party. They are convenient and easy to use because you do not have to worry about the heating source and their non-stick interior makes clean up a breeze. Sterno Pot -- You will find several sterno fondue pots on the market.
Rachel Ray, the Food Network host, has a series of sterno pots in various colors which work especially well when you do not want to worry about people tripping over electric cords. The sterno units last for several hours too. Tea Light Pot -- I especially like fondue pots that use a tea light for the heat source. You can buy a huge bag of tea lights very cheaply at any craft store and you can find the pots in varying sizes so they work well with savory and dessert fondues. If you are going to host fondue parties regularly, it is a good idea to have several different pots available so that you are ready for any situation. Next, you need to choose your recipes.
For a party of 8, serve 2 or 3 savory fondue recipes and 1 dessert recipe. Savory Recipe -- Garlic Cream Cheese Fondue 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons Canola oil 2-8oz. packages cream cheese, cubed 1/2 cup milk 8 oz. sour cream 1 teaspoon dry mustard Dippers such as Italian bread, apples, broccoli, steamed potato chunks In a heavy saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil until translucent.
Add cream cheese, milk, sour cream and mustard and stir until melted. Pour mixture into a fondue pot set to low and serve with dippers. This one is fantastic served with bread and potato chunks.
Dessert Recipe - Chocolate Caramel Fondue 12 Turtles or another chocolate caramel candy 1/2 cup whipping cream 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Dippers such as pound cake, strawberries, shortbread cookies Coarsely chop Turtles and place in a microwavable bowl. Add whipping cream and cinnamon. Microwave on medium heat for about 1 minute, stir and then cook another 30 seconds or until candy is completely melted. Pour into a fondue pot and set to low. Serve warm with dippers.
The most important thing to remember about hosting an Easy Fondue Party is to keep it casual. That is what fondue parties are all about. It is what your guests expect. Good food, good company, casual environment.
Sandee Lembke from Theme Party Queen.com invites you to visit her site for specific recommendations on fondue pots, chocolate fountains and accessories as well as several more free fondue recipes.