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Fabulous Fondue Dinner Menu

All the makings for a fondue dinner party, including a full menu for cheese, meat and seafood fondues, a chocolate fondue, plus all the dips, sauces and dippers!  Info includes the tools required, timelines and tips and tricks.

What do you think of when you hear the word fondue?  The first thought that enters my mind chocolate.  Mmmm chocolate. Chocolate smothered strawberries and bananas…can’t you just taste them?!  And don’t forget the cheese.  The hot, gooey, delicious and rich melted cheese smothered bread chunks.  So good.

a fondue of cheese, meat an seafood, chocolate, with dips, sauces and dipper ideas!

Fun, fabulous and delicious!

A couple of weeks ago we hosted a fondue party and it was so much fun!  I wish I could show you a ‘Martha Stewart’ party, complete with all the perfect invitations, menus, printables, and decorations but I don’t have them.  And please excuse the pictures, we were too busy eating and having fun to capture any perfect pics…hopefully next time.  The important thing is that I share all of the delicious recipes with you!

1970's fondue pots and forks

A Complete Fondue Menu

Not only will you get some tasty recipes to try, but you also got to see some fondue pots that are the real deal…I’m talking 1970’s real deal…like pots that made their rounds at the first fondues of our time.  Now how’s that for authentic?!  And I’m hoping that you will find this a one-stop-shop-party!

Now it’s time to partaaaaaaay!

What you need for your Fondue:

First, let’s get everything you need to make your dinner a success.  Here are all the supplies you need:

  • 3 Fondue pots  (we used 4: one pot was for shrimp only)
    • One for Meat & Seafood:  1 pot for the oil – use an electric, stainless steel or cast iron pot for oil fondues.  Make sure that the pot that you use for oil has a splash guard around the rim of the pot to prevent splashing.
    • One for Cheese Fondue:  Use a ceramic fondue pot over a flame.  We use gel fuel pots – you can find these at WalMart or any major grocery store.
    • One for Chocolate:  Use a ceramic fondue pot over a tea light.
  • Fuel:  tea lights, gel fuel pots and vegetable oil.
  • Fondue forks: make sure you have at least 2 per person.
  • Little bowls for dips and sauces
  • Napkins:  have a lot
  • Serving plates

Fondue Preparation Timeline:

Here’s a quick timeline to help you organize and prepare:

  • Make your dips first.  These are best made early in the day so the flavours in them can meld together.
  • Prep all your vegetables and fruit ahead of time.  Wash and cut them up in to bite sized pieces.  Again, this is best to do early in the day so you are all ready to go at dinner time!
  • Slice your meat.  Do this early and put it in your fridge until dinner time.
  • De-thaw any seafood you are serving.
  • About an hour or so before your fondue dinner, roast any veggies that you plan on serving.  They don’t have to be hot right out of the oven at fondue time.  Most people like to warm them up in the cheese or even the oil.

3 Delicious Fondues Recipes:

Here are 3 different fondue recipes: 

  • Meat:  Great for steak, seafood and chicken.
  • Cheese:  Great for dipping vegetables, breads and cured meats.
  • Chocolate:  A wonderful dessert recipe for dipping fruit, cakes and marshmallows.

three forks with bread dipped in cheese fondue

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Cheese Fondue

Great for dipping vegetables, breads and cured meats.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 0 about 5 cups 1x
  • Category: Fondue

Ingredients

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  • 1 clove garlic (cut in half lengthwise)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 lb Gruyere and/or Emmentaler cheese. Shredded should make about 9 cups total.
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

Dippers for Cheese Fondue:

  • chunks of bread
  • cooked meat
  • fresh vegetables: grape tomatoes (broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms)
  • roasted vegetables: cauliflower (potatoes, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots, parsnips)

Instructions

  1. Before you get your fondue pot hot, rub the inside of it thoroughly with the cut garlic halves, then thrown them out.
  2. Pour the wine into the fondue pot, and place over medium-low heat. (See notes)
  3. When the wine starts to bubble, add the cheese by the handful, stirring until melted and combined.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with lemon juice until the cornstarch dissolves, then stir the mixture into the cheese mixture.
  5. Continue whisking the cheese mixture until it is smooth and bubbling slightly.
  6. Serve immediately.

Keywords: cheese fondue

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a meat fondue set up

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Meat Fondue

Great for steak, seafood and chicken.

Ingredients

  • sirloin steak (cut into strips)
  • shrimp
  • chunks of chicken
  • vegetable oil for cooking

Instructions

  1. Fill your fondue pots 1/2 – 2/3 full with vegetable oil.
  2. Turn on the heat, and when the temperature reaches around 350 – 365 degrees it’s ready to cook in.

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a strawberry dipped in chocolate fondue

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Chocolate Fondue

A wonderful dessert recipe for dipping fruit, cakes and marshmallows.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Fondue

Ingredients

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  • 1 lb semisweet chocolate
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Chocolate Fondue Dippers:

  • strawberries
  • bananas
  • chunks of pineapple
  • chunks of white cake
  • marshmallows

Instructions

  1. On your stove, place a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water.
  2. Add the chocolate and cream.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is creamy and smooth.
  4. Once it’s smooth, transfer the chocolate mix to a fondue pot, and set over a warming candle like a tea light. See notes.
  5. Serve immediately.

Keywords: chocolate fondue

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Now on to the dips!

Dips and Sauces:

The general rule for fondue dips and sauces, is that there should be at least 3-4 different kinds for your seafood and meats.

  • Cocktail sauce for the shrimp (store bought is great!)
  • Peanut sauce
  • Horseradish-Dijon mustard dip
  • Chimichurri sauce
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Peanut Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 /2 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce

Ingredients

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  • 3 tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 12 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp sugar

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, cook the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes in oil until soft, about 4 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the remaining ingredients, and simmer while stirring, about 1 minute.
  3. Cool.

Keywords: peanut sauce

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Horseradish and Dijon Dipping Sauce

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • coarse salt and freshly ground paper

Instructions

  1. Stir sour cream, horseradish, and mustard in a small bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.

Keywords: dijon sauce, horseradish sauce

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Chimichurri Sauce

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Total Time: 120 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (white wine vinegar works well too)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients together, and let sit for at least 2 hours.
  2. Tip:  Make this dip first, then prep everything else for your fondue while it rests.

Keywords: Chimichurri sauce

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Fondues really are such a fun time!  I dare anyone not to have a great time dipping and cooking their food.  It makes for great conversation and good times!  They make for great romantic dinners too…maybe even this Valentines Day.  Just sayin’

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19 Comments

  1. Now how fun is that?! I absolutely love fondue – both the cheese and the chocolate ones. But I don’t have any fondue pots! I think I should start looking for them in Goodwill when I go. 🙂

  2. YUM!!!! I love fondue! Your pots are awesome! Josh and I had fondue in France and it was gooooood! We also had it a friend’s house in Switzerland and it was the best we ever had. SO yum and such a fun novelty type meal 🙂

  3. Fun and appetizing. Looks so good! If you receive a fondue set as a gift be sure to invite the gifter to enjoy with you as they will delight in seeing you use their gift.

  4. Oh geez, when I hear the word fondue, I’m transported back to the seventies and fonduing with my family!

    I still have the ol’ pot; you’ve inspired me to dust it off!

  5. Fondues take me back to being a young girl in the UK in the 70’s. For our birthdays, my sister and I and our best friends, also sisters, would go ice-skating at the ice-rink in Bristol, and come home for a fondue dinner. Four times a year, for I don’t know how many years…
    Needless to say we weren’t very good skaters – hence my limited abilities out on Lake Bonavista now. I can go forwards, but don’t ask me to look at any of the fancy houses because I have to keep my eyes on the ice – those cracks are lethal for one of my skill level!!

  6. I found your site after I googled “fondue dinner”. We fondue more often than the average Minnesotan and I was looking for some new ideas. Love your recipe for the Horseradish & Dijon Mustard Dip and the Peanut Sauce. Both were a hit. Even with my husband who is the fussiest eater alive. He thought the peanut sauce was “really nice”. That is the ultimate compliment!

  7. What a relief to find your blog! I am hosting a fondue party in three days, and it was on my “to do list” to complete the menu today. You did all the work for me!!!! Love the printable recipes, and the pictures. I am giddy with excitement over finding this! Thanks!

  8. I have 12 coming for a fondue dinner. How much beef, chicken, & shrimp do I buy per person? Do we cook the raw meat (chicken & beef) in the same broth or oil?

  9. Fondue is a great way to have a dinner party. A long time ago we realized that oil was not healthy. I found a broth recipe that is absolutely delicious and we use it every time. It is absolutely delicious. Chicken…we pre cook in chicken broth… and have it ready to go for our fondue. When we’re ready to go later in the day all you do is reheat the chicken. Yum

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