Warm, creamy, soft and sensuous, fondue has all the elements of romance. Requiring only a simple pot, long stemmed forks and fine wine (with champagne for drinking!), the fact that fondue naturally lends itself to sexy and delectable meals only increases its chance of winning the title for the perfect Valentine meal.
Fondue as it is known in Switzerland, the land that made it most famous, is a cheese dish. A derivative of the French fondre, “to melt”, the word fondue these days can refer to any of a number of dishes made in a pot set over a flame from which any and all at the table can cook their own food.
There are other types of fondue beyond the ubiquitous cheese dish, most notably fondue bourguignonne, wherein accompaniments are cooked in oil, or fondue chinoise, which utilizes a broth. In both of these types of fondues, a variety of handmade sauces become the star of the show served alongside the pot with very fresh, tender seasonal and local meat and vegetables.
Fondue is remarkably easy to make and is conducive to everything that is good about
food and eating, namely friendship, community and lots of laughter, with a
little sex appeal mixed in. Here are some recipes to get you started.
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