cheese and chocolate = love dinner

we had a fondue valentine's dinner at was so much fun and SO yummy!  since the large number of fondue recipes out there can be overwhelming to sift through, i thought i'd share the ones we used since they were easy AND delicious.  and, i found it difficult to choose which foods to select for dipping (so many recipes suggest the typical bread, fruit, sponge cake trio), so i wanted to share which foods we chose to eat with our fondue- we learned that the food can really make the meal. cheese fondue

cheese fondue, recipe for 2 (with plenty leftover):

foods for dipping- roasted brussels sprouts, kielbasa, grilled zucchini, and country french bread

toss 1/2 pound of shredded gruyere cheese with 1 1/2 tablespoons of unbleached all-purpose flour in a large bowl.  rub the interior of your fondue pot with 1 clove of minced garlic.  place pot on the stove over medium heat and add 1 cup dry white wine.  bring to a simmer and add the cheese mixture, one handful at a time.  stir in 1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg.

stir over low heat until smooth and cheese is melted and bubbling.  transfer to your table stand.  dip and enjoy!

close-up cheese fonduesadie enjoying cheese fondue and bread

of course, sadie loved it too!

chocolate fondue, again recipe for 2 (with plenty leftover):

foods for dipping- strawberries, cream cheese pound cake, and sliced apples

gently melt together over medium heat a 1/2 pound of dark chocolate, 2 tablespoons of half and half, and 1 tablespoon grand marnier.  once melted and smooth, transfer to your table stand.  dip and enjoy!

chocolate fondue by candlelight