Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fondue for Two

I have dined at a couple of fondue restaurants...Dante's Down the Hatch, on Peachtree Road in Atlanta, and The Melting Pot, in Duluth.

Eating 'fondue style' is fun. It is 'communal eating'...everyone sits around a pot of melted cheese, chocolate or oil and you dunk stuff in it!  You usually start out with an appetizer of cheese and bread and fruit. The main course tends to be your meat, seafood and/or vegetables, which you deep fry. The dessert...mmmmm...the dessert is hot, melted, chocolate goodness! You dunk fruit, marshmallows, poundcake, and other goodies in the thick gooey deliciousness.

With the economy the way it is right now, dining at either of these two restaurants is pretty much out of the question. So what can I do to satisfy my craving for fondue?

Well, my friend Val comes to the rescue with this great SIMPLE and INEXPENSIVE idea!!!

First, raid your food pantry and refrigerator to see what you have on hand before you go to the grocery store. It is possible you may have everything you need at home!

(1) can of chocolate frosting
(1) small jar of raspberry preserves
assorted fruits (apples, bananas, pears, strawberries all work well)
graham crackers
pound cake

*In a small microwave safe bowl put about 3/4 cup of chocolate frosting.
*Add to the bowl about 1/2 cup of raspberry preserves. Mix well with a fork and set aside.
*gather the other ingredients and chop fruits, cut pound cake and brownies, and break graham crackers all into bite size pieces.
*Now pop the frosting/preserves mixture in the microwave and zap for 20 seconds. Stir and zap for 10 seconds. Stir. Carefully test the fondue. It should be very warm, but not so hot as to burn the mouth.
*Spear the fruit, cake, brownies and marshmallows on forks or skewers and dip into the fondue. Yum!!!!!

                                                        (Put your two fondue ingredients
                                                               in a microwave safe bowl)

                                                                       (Mix it well!)
Simple Notes:
1.  I had a can of Duncan Hines Home Style Classic Chocolate frosting in the pantry.
2.  I used store brand raspberry preserves with seeds, it was about $2.00 cheaper than the seedless.. After mixing and heating the the mixture, I did not notice the seeds.
3.  I used fruit and crackers and brownie mix I had on hand. I got a bag of store brand marshmallows for $1.09.
4.  For variations on this recipe you could try substituting strawberry preserves or peanut butter for the raspberry preserves!

                                                           (Use forks, toothpicks or fondue
                                                                  forks if you have them!)

                                                              (Just enough for one...
                                                                or two to share!)
 I made this fondue the day we had snow on the ground! It was fun to eat while watching movies and watching the snow fall!

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