DIY: Melting Pot at Home

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is the one day of the year when all couples spend romantic evenings together and all singletons celebrate “Singles Awareness Day.” However, often, both of those cost quite a bit of money. I am here to tell that that whether you are with that special someone or just having a night with the girls, I have quite the inexpensive, Melting Pot-worthy treat for you!

Cheese fondue. Yep, you know, the gooey goodness of cheese and deliciousness that graces a table of bread, Granny Smith apples and veggies.

Last night, my sweet boyfriend surprised me with a 3-course fondue dinner complete with two (yes, two) different types of chocolate – and he doesn’t even like chocolate. I’m going to toot his horn for a moment and say that not only was it absolutely the sweetest thing ever, but he also is quite the chef.

I’m here to be the first to tell you that you can have Melting Pot taste without the Melting Pot price – and all in the comfort of your own home.

Cheese fondue and Ratatouille: the Perfect Combo

Here are the ingredients for the cheese fondue:

  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Fontina cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Bavarian Bergkase cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Irish Cheddar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped scallions
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

Wait?… corn starch? Yes, corn starch. The boyfriend went to his trusty friend, Alton Brown, for that tidbit of info. Check out around 5:30 for more info.

Important things to know:

  • Start with the liquids in the fondue pot on low heat and bring to a simmer. No need to let it boil too much.
  • Pour the cheese slowly into the liquid to let it melt as you pour and stir.
  • Keep it on low heat while you eat so the cheese doesn’t harden, but make sure to wait a second after dipping so you don’t burn your mouth.
  • Only use cheeses that are not super greasy. We tried Manchego one day, and while we love the taste of it in Spain on some bread with a little tomato and olive oil, it is less than satisfying when the oils take over and make the cheese gloppy. No one likes gloppy fondue.
  • Use dippers like Granny Smith apples, various types of breads, broccoli and carrots. All are delicious and even better covered in cheese fondue.

After a bit of mixing, when the cheese starts to look a lot like this:

Cheesy melted goodness

… get your dippers, take a sip of wine and go to town!



One Response to “DIY: Melting Pot at Home”


  1. Fat Tuesday Fare « Nice Ideas - March 7, 2011

    […] The boyfriend is: 1. A medical school student, 2. An absolute fanatic of anything Cajun/Creole/from Nola/etc., 3. Willing to give anything a try if there is recipe for it (especially if it’s by Alton Brown, as I have previously mentioned in this post). […]

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