Why opt for a simple box of chocolates when you could have a delicious fondue dessert this Valentine’s Day? Fondue is extremely easy to prepare, very versatile, and the perfect way to say “I love you” this holiday. Below are some fondue recipes that you and your special someone can indulge in this Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate Fondue Recipe
- 18 ounces of semisweet chocolate (chopped)
- 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate (chopped)
- 6 ounces of milk chocolate (chopped)
- 1 (13-ounce) can of evaporated milk
- ¼ cup of sugar (powdered)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- Combine the semisweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, milk chocolate, evaporated milk, and powdered sugar in a 3-quart crockpot.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 45 minutes. Stir well, add the vanilla, stir again, and continue cooking, if necessary, on low for another 10 to 20 minutes to completely melt all of the chocolate.
- This fondue can be held on low for another hour. Serve with dippers for a fabulous dessert. Think of unusual dippers to use – marshmallows, soft candy bars, and cookies would be delicious.
Cheese Fondue Recipe
- 2 cups of shredded Swiss cheese
- 2 cups of shredded Gruyere cheese
- 2 tablespoons of flour or cornstarch
- 1 clove of garlic, cut in half
- 1-1/2 cups of dry white wine (must be dry, not sweet)
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or 2 tablespoons Kirsch, if desired
- Coat the cheeses with the flour by tossing them together in a large bowl.
- Rub the garlic on the bottom and sides of the fondue dish and discard, or rub the garlic on bottom and sides of a heavy saucepan.
- Pour the wine into the fondue dish or saucepan and heat just until bubbles rise to the surface. Stir in the lemon juice or kirsch, if using.
- Gradually add the floured cheese to the wine, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly over low heat, until cheeses are melted. You may add more cheese or wine, as needed, to reach the desired consistency. If you made the fondue in a regular saucepan, pour the hot fondue into a heated fondue pot set on a heating device (usually a rack that holds canned heat, or use your new electric fondue) and serve immediately.
- If the cheese is lumpy, add a bit more lemon juice and stir. And make sure your wine is dry, not sweet because dry wines are more acidic. Acid is needed to make the cheese melt smoothly.
- Avocado Slices
- Cooked Meatballs
- Cubes of crusty french bread
- Cherry tomatoes
- Apple slices
- Smoked sausages
- Cooked shrimp
- Smoked oysters
- Mini croissants