It was time for a Family Fun Night in our house. The kids decided on a movie rental, popcorn and a Fondue Night. For us, there’s no more entertaining meal that fondue. Having fondue is engaging, interactive, and a treat for the kids. It isn’t everyday that they get to choose what they’ll get for dinner.
There are many types of fondue. There’s appetizer fondue (mostly cheese based), entree fondue (cooking in broth or oil), and dessert fondue (chocolate fondue). If you dine at a fondue restaurant like The Melting Pot, you’re probably going to get all three. We love the cheese fondue, so when we do a fondue night, it’s all about the cheese.
A traditional cheese fondue is made with Swiss cheese. This isn’t a traditional Swiss cheese fondue. I didn’t want to run to the store, so I used what I had, that was Havarti. If you’ve never had Havarti cheese, it’s semi soft, like a monterrey jack. It is mild and tasted great on rye bread. For this fondue, we used a few things for our dippers; toasted french bread cubes, steamed broccoli and green beans, sliced chicken tenders, raw carrots, and apple slices. You can choose any dippers you like. This fondue works well with both sweet and savory.
Dill Havarti Fondue
8 ounces Havarti cheese with dill
4 ounces Havarti cheese
8 ounces cream cheese
2 Tablespoons Caraway Seeds
2 Tablespoons fresh dill, chopped or 2 teaspoons dried dill
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
Pepper to taste
Dippers: Toasted bread cubes, steamed broccoli and green beans, sliced chicken tenders, carrots, and apple slices
- Place cheeses, caraway seeds, dill, cayenne, and pepper in a saucepan. On your stove top, heat fondue over medium low heat until cheese has melted and fondue is smooth. You’ll be stirring frequently.
- Once smooth, transfer to your fondue pot and keep the heat on low. Serve with your dippers.