Gooey cheese or chocolate fondue made in special fondue pots is a tempting treat. Whether made as a main course, appetizer, or dessert, fondue elevates the simple to the sublime.
Prepare and heat the fondue on the stove first, and then transfer to the fondue pot. Finely shredded cheese melts easily. Allow the cheese to melt slowly. Alcohol, such as wine, champagne, or beer added to cheese fondue enhances flavor and prevents curdling. If the fondue starts to separate or curdle, beat in some freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture becomes smooth. To adjust the thickness, add wine or apple cider rather than water. Always stir cheese fondue in a figure-eight motion to encourage the blending of ingredients.
Fondue pots for chocolate fondues are the smallest and least expensive. You can find a starter set to make dessert or chocolate fondue for as little as $20. Cheese fondue pots are considerably larger since the fondue is the entire meal. Expect to pay anywhere from $30 or more for a good quality cheese fondue set.