Fun-Do!

Popular in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s fondue has made a comeback with a vengeance!  If you are financially inclined you could go to a great restaurant like The Melting Pot. If not you can pick up a great fondue pot with prices ranging from $30-$80 or go to your local thrift shop and see if they have any vintage pots in good working order.  I always see them in my favorite thrift and have to display EXTREME restraint otherwise I’d have ten! You can make a cheese, broth or chocolate fondue and dip anything you want into it. Variety is the spice of life and everything tastes better covered in cheese!

I received the Cuisinart Lazy Susan Electric Fondue Pot as a Christmas gift one year and it truly is the gift that keeps on giving! It’s quick, easy, brings the family to the table and delicious nostalgia to the senses.  I made a brie & whiskey fondue last night and it didn’t disappoint my taste-buds or my wallet! DO try this at home…you’ll be glad you did!

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Polish kielbasa (beef or turkey)
  • 3 apples
  • 1 loaf pumpernickel bread
  • 1 pack mushrooms (any variety)
  • seedless grapes (color/variety)
  • 1 8oz. package of brie
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 1/3 cups whiskey (I used Tullamore Dew)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch

Directions

  • Place kielbasa in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Drain & slice
  • Slice apples, wash grapes, cube the bread, mince shallot
  • Cut the rind off the brie, cube and coat with cornstarch
  • Depending upon what type of fondue pot you have, heat to 300 degrees or medium
  • Melt the butter, add the shallots and cook until they have softened
  • Add the whiskey and bring to a simmer (not a boil)
  • Add the cubed brie little by little whisking (with a silicone coated whisk) as it melts
  • Lower the temperature to low or 200 degrees
  • Stick, dip & enjoy!

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