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« on: March 04, 2009 11:33:12 AM »

So, I just wanted to poll all of you foodies to see what you thought about the workability of this idea - I would like to bring fondue to a party I'm going to, but I don't own a fondue pot.  I do own a mini crockpot, however, and was wondering if you think it would get hot enough to melt and sustain the consistancy of the fondue.

Also, I've been trying to think of a good, inexpensive substitute for fondue forks.  I though of bamboo skewers at first, but fear things will just slide right off of them.

Any ideas/guidance you can lend?  Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2009 05:48:45 PM »

I've done it before and it works ok, you need to make the fondue on the stove and then transfer it into the pot - same goes for regular fondue pots.

Crock pots take time to heat up, so you might try warming it up way before you are ready to serve, or maybe preheating it with water or something while making the fondue on the stove. 

This is a fun recipe:

4 cups coarsely grated Gruyre cheese (about 1 pound)
2 cloves of garlic
dash of nutmeg
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup hard apple cider
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brandy, apple or pear brandy even better

Toss cheese and cornstarch in large bowl to coat. Bring hard cider, vinegar, nutmeg and garlic just to simmer in medium saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium low (mixture should be barely simmering). Add a handful of cheese to simmering cider mixture. Stir until cheese is melted. Add remaining cheese 1 handful at a time, stirring until melted between additions. Increase heat to medium and cook until fondue begins to bubble, stirring constantly. Stir in brandy. Season to taste with pepper.

This is a little sweet works well with meats, potatoes, apples and of course bread.
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