WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
|can't do without this traditional fruit centerpiece|
This small retro appliance - the fondue pot - is something I've never even heard of growing up in Manila. It was only much later through recipe books and magazines that I read and learned about Swiss fondue. In Manila, we often use cheese but it wasn't anything fancy. We like our quick-melt cheese for pasta and the big red ball of imported edam cheese that's also popular during the holiday season. It's funny but I only knew about cheese with holes from watching cartoons when I was a kid :-)
Our table setting (shown above) with three kinds of protein - beef tenderloin, salmon and chicken breast, cut into cubes and chilled until ready to eat. I made three kinds of dipping sauces. We also had some French bread cubes, assorted vegetables and fruits to dip into the melted cheese.
Fondue at home can be labor intensive but everything may be prepared in advance and chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Timing though can be challenging at serving time but it's always enjoyable, fun and a delicious treat!
|bread cubes, roasted and fresh vegetables|
Cheese fondue (shown above) with the classic fondue cheese Emmentaler.
|electric fondue pot with simmering broth|
|fruits and chocolates for the dessert fondue|
|butterscotch dessert fondue|