Happy new year y’all! 2015! What what!!! The hardest new years resolution to keep is remembering to write 2015 when you date something. Matt and I have never been big on going out to celebrate the new year, instead we like to hang at home, drink some yummy wine, and do our favorite tradition: fondue!
For some reason, 5 years ago, we decided to buy a fondue pot and ring in the new year with fondue. Why you ask? I have no clue. I don’t even think I had ever heard of fondue at that point. But off we went to buy our very own fondue pot, which makes an appearance exactly 1 time a year: on New Years Eve. The first year we bought a bagged mix which I wasn’t too keen on. I really am not a Swiss cheese gal and that mix was mostly Swiss. Matt is a Swiss-cheese-o-holic so he was in fondue heaven. Ever since we have mixed our own cheeses for a style that suits us both. We have been fondue-ing (making up words over here) ever since and it is now our “thing” to do to ring in the New Year. We always stuff our faces until we are exploding and then collapse on the couch, sip our wine, and try to stay awake until 12:00 hits. 12:15, hello bed, I have missed you. ZZZ ZZZZZ. I know, I know, party animals over here. But hey, I love snuggling up with my hubby and doggies and that is my favorite way to embrace the new year.
So anyways, fondue is actually a really delicious and easy dinner idea, especially if you are entertaining a crowd. If you don’t have a fondue pot, I have heard people (or at least 1 lady at my work) follow the same steps and make the fondue in their crock pots. That would totally work, especially since fondue isn’t a regular thing in most homes and most people already have a crock pot. I will admit, it is not the healthiest thing that ever graced the planet … I mean, it is just a vault of cheesy gooey goodness. But, it is a once a year thing so I am going for it! And, in all reality it could be a lot worse.
Here is the recipe we follow. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses. We used gruyere, fontina, and white cheddar. If you like swiss, mix some of that in there. You are just looking to get around one pound of cheese total. As for things to dip in the fondue, we went with a whole wheat baguette, granny smith apples, broccoli, cauliflower, steak, and chicken breast. My favorite was the apple for sure. It sounds strange, but trust me, it is so yummy. You are going to want a dry white wine to add to your fondue. Some good choices would be pinot grigio, pinot blanc, or sauvignon blanc. You don’t need to buy a really expensive bottle of wine, but I would suggest getting one that you would enjoy drinking for 2 reasons. 1. The flavors really do come through in the taste of the fondue 2. you don’t use the whole bottle of wine in the fondue, so you will have some extra to sip on.
- 1 lb cheese, shredded (we use ⅓ each of the following gruyere, fontina, and white cheddar but feel free to experiment with different cheeses)
- 1 clove of garlic
- ¾ cup of milk
- 3 tablespoons flour
- ¾ cup dry white wine (we used a pinot grigio)
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- Dippers: crusty bread, veggies, apples, steak, chicken, pretzels, etc.
- Rub the inside of the fondue pot generously with the clove of garlic.
- Pour milk into fondue pot and bring to a simmer with fondue pot on 200 degree setting.
- Mix together cheese and flour in a separate bowl, then add a little at a time to the fondue pot. Stir constantly while adding the cheese. Continue to add the cheese/flour until it is all mixed in.
- Once cheese is added in, turn the temperature dial to "warm" and add the wine and seasonings. Stir until combined.
- Let the fondue sit on warm for 5 to 10 minutes before dipping, this will help everything get combined and thickened up.
Do you guys do resolutions? Do you not? What is on your 2015 agenda? Let me know in the comments below!! Matt and I are going to try to keep the house less cluttered. I am also planning on putting more time into the blog in 2015 and really trying to grow this little community.
much love & a happy 2015,