Ring in the New Year with a Fondue Party!
What is more fun than fondue?! Huddling with your friends around warm, gooey cheeses, or decadent, rich chocolate. All this, and you get an awesome skewer to poke and dip to your hearts content!
This New Year’s Eve, why not host a fondue party! It is a hassle-free way to feed your guests and have fun along the way. My favorite recipe is this Cheese-Bacon-Beer Fondue. I mean, seriously…three of the greatest things in the world all melted together! Resolutions can wait…enjoy some fondue this weekend!
6 slices of bacon
1 cup ale or lager beer
1 pound extra-sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded (about 6 cups)
1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1. Place the bacon in a cold, large skillet. Cook over medium heat until crisp and brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain and cool. Finely chop the bacon.
2. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the ale to a bare simmer over medium heat. In a medium bowl, toss the cheese with the flour. Gradually stir the cheese into the saucepan, stirring the first batch until melted before adding another. In a small bowl, dissolve the mustard in the Worcestershire sauce. Stir into the fondue, along with the chopped bacon. Allow the fondue to come to a bare simmer, but do not boil. Season generously with the pepper.
3. Transfer to a cheese fondue pot and keep warm over a fondue burner. Serve immediately, with dipping ingredients of your choice.
Recommended for Dipping: Toasted English muffins, cut into wedges. Assorted apples and pears, cut into slices.
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