Who doesn’t like Fondue? Check out these great tips for a great Valentine’s day Fondue Dinner:
Fondues and Don’ts: 7 Tips for Romance with Fondue
There is something incredibly romantic about a fondue dinner. From the slower pace and the dipping/swirling of food, to feeding one another and enjoying the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate and cheese fondue, up the ante this Valentine’s Day by experiencing fine dining at home with these easy fondue recipes If you’ve decided on fondue for two but have no idea where to begin, check out these dos and don’ts on cooking up a delightfully sensual dinner.
1) DO Purchase Fondue Cookware & Utensils
While fondue is a fun way to cook a romantic meal together, it is virtually impossible without the appropriate cookware and utensils. A ceramic pot is ideal for preparing cheese and chocolate fondue, while a metal pot produces higher heat for cooking meat and seafood. Each guest will need a long-stemmed fork (skewer), two plates (one for uncooked food, another for cooked food), and a regular dinner fork. The good news: once you buy the cookware and utensils, you can enjoy recurring fondue meals with your sweetheart throughout the year.
2) DON’T Forget About Food Allergies
Nothing could be more unromantic than an allergic reaction, so be sure to plan the menu around your date’s dietary restrictions. If you’re unsure if he or she has any food allergies, ask. It’s always better to be safe than really sorry.
3) DO Add Garlic & Wine to Cheese Fondue
Most of us know by now that garlic enhances the taste of food, including cheese fondue. Rub a clove of garlic inside the pot before adding the cheese for added flavor. (Just be careful not to use too much if you plan on smooching later on!) Other outstanding flavorings include fresh herbs, tomato paste and sauteed minced onions. Wine, champagne and even beer also improve the taste of cheese fondue and prevent curdling.
4) DON’T Allow Fondue Recipe to Boil
Cheese and chocolate fondue should be kept at a relatively low temperature, around 120 degrees—just enough to keep them warm. Stir the mixture continuously with a wooden spoon until it becomes smooth (cheese fondue should be stirred in a figure-eight motion). All fondue pots should never be more than one-third full, especially pots containing oil and broth.
5) DO Use Appropriate Fondue Etiquette
Most fondue skewers are color-coded so each guest can identify which one is his or hers. All guests should be careful not to touch their tongue or lips to forks, and double dipping should be avoided at all costs (unless, of course, you have permission from your lover).
Have a great Fondue Dinner!!
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