Friday, November 7, 2014

Hosting Graciously On a Time Crunch - Fondue!

My BFF came to visit today and the original plan was to go to dinner downtown and then hit the bars. That plan came to a halt when we realized since they were driving they wouldn't even arrive in Nashville until after 7 PM.  The other girls agreed to a girls nite in, and with only an hour and a half until I had to leave to pick everyone up, I had to figure out dinner very quickly!

One of the other girls who was coming over is pregnant, and she'd been wanting to go to Melting Pot. I decided on my solution: bringing the melting pot to our house!  I LOVE fondue and it had been a while since we'd made it so I knew it was the perfect idea.

Since I was trying to hurry, I headed to the grocery to pick up ingredients I didn't have: cheddar cheese block, appetizer tray, french bread, strawberries, and angel food cake for dipping and ready to cook chicken breast (about $35).  After a trip to the liquor store to pick up my favorite wine for $13.99 I was ready to go!

Before I left the house to pick everyone up, I assembled the cheese and chocolate fondue mix, and put the appetizers out on a tray.  I sliced up the bread into 4 sections and stuck them inside a bread basket with a cloth wrapped around.  Then I put out the strawberries, angel food cake and marshmallows on a platter for easy access.  Adding the fondue dipping sticks and mini serving bowls I was ready to go and out the door in 20 minutes!

When we got home I just heated up the cheese and chocolate and put the chicken in the oven.  Voila! Dinner is served!

Recipes for the above:

Cheese Fondue: 
1 block mild cheddar cheese
1 can Campbell's cheese soup

Slice block into smaller pieces to ease melting process.  Add both the pieces of cheddar and the cheese soup to a pan over med-high heat, stirring often.  Heat until all is cheese is melted.  Add salt and pepper and serve in fondue pot with sliced french bread for dipping.

Chocolate Fondue:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup half and half or cream (depending on how rich you want your fondue)
1 cup chocolate chips
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cocoa powder

Bring a double boiler or pan of water to boil on the stove.  Add all ingredients into the top pot and stir often until all are mixed and melted, making sure not to burn.  Once all ingredients are melted and sugar is no longer granulated pour mix into fondue pot.  Serve with fruit, angel food cake, marshmallows or anything else you'd like to dip.

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