My boyfriend and I hosted a dinner party this past weekend. We were combining my friends and his friends for the first time, so we decided to have a fondue party to spark conversation amongst strangers. It totally worked and the party was a huge hit.
If you're interested in hosting your own fondue party, here are some tips:
- Cardinal rule of fondue: 4-6 people per pot. This prevents awkward crowding.
- Make sure you have enough pots and skewers. Try to have skewers that have different colored tops so guests know which one is theirs.
- A good rule of thumb to determine the amount of food is to plan on each guest consuming about a half loaf of bread and about one cup of meat, poultry or seafood, and roughly the same amount of vegetables, fruits, marshmallows, etc.
- If you're serving a broth fondue, set out a spice rack so guests have the option of flavoring their meat with their choice. It's also good to have small plates of various sauces that go with the meats your serving.
- The traditional fondue meal is cheese fondue for an appetizer, a broth fondue or oil fondue for the main course, and a chocolate fondue for dessert, but feel free to get creative!
And now the fun part, the dipping! Here are some dipping items that I really like:
For the cheese: bread, pretzels, veggies such as broccoli or zucchini, sausage, hotdogs, meatballs, potato wedges or pepperonis.
For the broth/oil: beef tenderloin cubes, shrimp, chicken, scallops, and mushrooms.
For the chocolate: Marshmallows, pound cake, biscottis, pretzels, graham crackers, and fruit
What's your favorite kind of fondue? What items do you use for dipping?