Thursday, October 6, 2011
Throw Down: Fondue Party
1) Buy a second fondue pot. For a small group you can get by with one, but it is a serious buzz kill if you have wait until one pot is finished, and then scrape hardened cheese off the bottom before starting a batch of chocolate. If you have a large group, it's great to have several little fondue stations. And if you have someone with dietary allergies, it's great to keep one pot free of contaminants.
2) Don't buy sterno. For some reason, most fondue pots come with a sterno holder, which at best will give you atomic levels of heat, and at worst turn your dreams of liquid cheese into scorched night terrors. Melt your fondue gently on the stove, then move it to your trivet. A small votive underneath will be enough to keep it warm.
3) Do use a double boiler for chocolate. Burnt chocolate is just nasty.
4) Make at least one thing that is not fondue. Personally, I could singlehandedly take out an entire cheese platter with no regrets. But not everyone has the intestinal fortitude to be a lactovore. Make sure you have at least one side so the lactose incompetent can get a full meal as well. And you may want to offer something as a palette cleanser - like some crudite.