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Dec 27, 2010


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.

{Parmesan Fondue}
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!


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Green Door Girl said...

This looks very yummy - I love the colored veggies for dipping! :) I will have to try it out - found you via Blue Cricket's link party :) jenn @greendoordesigns.blogspot.com

To Sew With Love said...

yum! looks delish! healthy, too!

would love for you to link up at our saturday linky party.


Zimms Zoo said...

What is the thing that your pot is sitting on? Does it keep stuff warm or just a nice trivet? I have been looking for something to sit pots on to keep stuff warm and dippable for parties.

Peppermint Plum said...

Zimms Zoo...It's actually an electric fondue pot that has the stand attached to the pot iself: http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CFO-3SS-Electric-Fondue-Maker/dp/B00018RR48. But if you do happen upon some kind of warmer to put pots on for parties, let me know! That would be fabulous to have!

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