Grab Your Dipping Forks, Today Is National Cheese Fondue Day!
Oh goodness today is my lucky day! A day that celebrates CHEESE FONDUE! April 11th is National Cheese Fondue Day, a time to fire up the fondue pots for food, fun and good conversation. You all should know this southern California pinup’s absolute love (obsession) with cheese. Add in a fun dinner where you get to share the experience of eating together and I am completely sold.
I remember eating fondue when I was little, and I have my own fondue pot now that I break out for fun dinners with friends, or a romantic dinner with someone special. A chance to enjoy the wonderful-ness of cheese, and having to get in and really share your dining experience with people is my idea of a great meal.
To celebrate, Emmi Roth USA, the US division of the premier Swiss dairy company, is sharing the must-know fon-DO’s of fondue – everything from tips for when you dip to the new ways to do fondue.
If you were wondering what I like to dip in my fondue:
- Traditional bread squares (but if I don’t have bread I use crackers)
- Apples, grapes, bananas, persimmons, dried dates (really it is any excuse to dip all the fruit I have in cheese)
- Baked chicken, grilled beef, or other meats (you can even try meatballs)
Basically if you like it with cheese, you can have it with fondue. If you are wondering what to do for dessert, there is CHOCOLATE fondue that you can have as well.
Be A Delightful Dipper – While fondue is all in good fun, there are a few basic guidelines to follow in consideration of other guests.
- Skewer like a pro. Be sure your food is secured to your fondue fork or skewer before dipping to avoid losing it in the cheese.
- If you missed the first step and drop your dipper into the fondue, Swiss tradition says a woman must kiss the person next to her, and a man must buy a round of drinks for everyone. You could also just politely remove it to ensure the pot remains clean for all.
- Perfect your twirling and swirling. It is polite to make one to two small swirls before removing your food.
- Resist the urge to double dip. Food that has been bitten should never return to the communal pot.
Tasting Notes – It’s all in the details, and these simple suggestions will ensure that you keep it classy, but still casually cool, when indulging.
- Wait your turn. Allow one person to dip at a time and proceed in a clockwise or counterclockwise fashion around the table.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Dip larger pieces and then cut them into smaller bits on your own plate.
- A moment on the lips is frowned upon. Your fondue fork or skewer should never directly touch your mouth. Transfer your food to your plate before indulging.
- Let it cool. Never blow on freshly dipped hot food. Avoid splatters and allow your food to cool slightly on your plate.
The New Way to Fondue – Fondue is always fun in its traditional form, but these new takes offer creative ways to enjoy the cheese and make it more accessible for everyday meals.
- Fondue is a fun party meal for special occasions, but also a great weeknight meal for the family. Not to mention it will get your kids to eat their vegetables.
- It’s great to pay homage to this Swiss dining tradition, but be creative with using the cheese sauce as a dip or in a macaroni and cheese.
- Feel free to add your own twist with a few dashes of hot sauce, a can of jalapenos, or some prepared taco meat.
Now that you have the basics covered you can throw your own fondue dinner with friends, that one special person, OR enjoy dinner just for yourself. Emmi has a new fondue package with shredded mixed cheese so you can just use the amount you want! Score one for me and my love of cheese fondue. :-)
This is not a sponsored post. I was not paid to write this post, but I did receive a product to test out. All editorial comment is my own.