As soon as it becomes freezing outside, it is time to start thinking of making your own fondue or hot pot. There are several types of fondue to choose from. Cheese, chocolate, and meat fondues are the most popular fondues made.
The word "fondue" is the French word for "melted." A traditional Swiss fondue is made of a blend of cheese. The Swiss divide fondue into five categories: Cheese; Burgundian; Bacchus, Asian, and chocolate. The Burgundian fondue, or fondue bourguigononne, is made with raw meats that are cooked at your table in a pot of rapidly simmering oil. Assorted dipping sauces accompany this fondue.
Fondues can be sweet or savory. They are usually served to four to six people at the same time. Each diner is given their own plate and dipping sauce. This allows guests cook their food then eat it on their own plate. Often small wire-mesh skimmers are used to remove cooked food from the fondue or hot pot. Another way of retrieving food is using individual skewers.
A favourite dessert fondue is the chocolate fondue. Cream and liqueur may be added. Here chocolate is melted in the fondue pot and various fruits are dipped. Bananas, strawberries, pitted cherries, and pineapple pieces are delicious when dipped in chocolate!
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