Are you going to be throwing a New Year's Eve party? Here's an idea for a great appetizer: Cheese Fondue!
I have a recipe for you that tastes amazing and is even easy to make. I made it for our family's Christmas Eve dinner and it got rave reviews...one of my sisters-in-law said she loved it so much that she wanted to bathe in it. Mmmmm.....
You will need these three elements for a great fondue presentation:
1) A great warm cheese sauce. Most cheese fondue is made with wine and cheddar or swiss. But this one uses parmesan! It is different and delicious.
2) Bread. I use regular old french bread from the grocery store, but you can really not go wrong on the bread choice. Just cut it up into 1 1/2 inch cubes for dipping.
3) Blanched vegetables. You can choose any kind you want. The blanching just gives them a super-bright glow and a perfect crunch. Just be careful not to leave them in the boiling water too long or they will lose their crunch.
That's it! You don't even need a real fondue pot...you can use a small crock pot or a soup tureen.
2 bricks cream cheese (I used Neufchatel)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups grated parmesan
1 tsp garlic salt
Melt cream cheese and milk in a pan on low heat until warm and melted through. Add grated cheese and garlic salt and continue heating on med-low until heated through and cheese melts, but don't let it boil. This sauce isn't perfectly smooth, so don't worry...it's supposed to look a little grainy. Transfer to a fondue pot or small crock pot and dip breads and veggies in it.
Happy New Year!