Kid Friendly Recipes
Tonight's Dinner: Fondue for the Family
For Valentine's Day, there's something rather sensual about dipping skewered vegetables into cheese and bringing them to your mouth repeatedly, trying not to let the cheese drip from the end of the stick. A romantic Valentine's Day dinner for a couple, right?
I suppose. Yet if I were asked to freely associate fondue with mental images, instead my mind goes to family Christmases, everyone huddled around pots of orange chocolate, dipping fruits in and laughing. I think of my sister and her boyfriend bringing extra fondue pots to my house so that we could enjoy a full fondue night…with the kids.
It makes sense, really, that kids would like to dunk bits of bread and potatoes into cheese sauce and that they'd appreciate a sizzling piece of meat coming out of the oil. So, fondue, in our house, has always been a family affair. Romantic dinners generally mean any night with no kids, even if we're just picking up a sandwich at our local sandwich shop and sitting at the dining room table while the kids are at friends' houses or spending the night at grandma's.
Cheese Fondue for the Family
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1 tablespoon sherry
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1-1/2 pounds melting cheese (like Gruyere, Swiss or a combination)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- To Dip: crusty bread cubes, tomatoes, boiled potatoes, steamed broccoli, asparagus, cooked meatballs or sliced sausages, apples, Brussels sprouts, etc.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, mix together half-and-half, sherry, ground mustard and garlic clove. Cook until half-and-half is heated through. Discard the garlic clove. Toss the cheese with the cornstarch to coat. A handful at a time, stir in the cheese and whisk continuously until melted.
When all the cheese is incorporated, continue cooking, whisking continuously, until small bubbles form. Add salt to taste. Pour into warm fondue pot and serve immediately.