One of my very favorite places to eat is the Melting Pot. The absolutely amazing food isn’t the only reason that I love the place, it is the atmosphere, the idea that your dinner date will last hours. You see, I am absolutely a people watcher. I have a hard time going out to a normal restaurant on a date and staying focused on our conversation. There is so much going on, so much to look at. I often find myself rushing or feeling rushed through the meal and leaving just 45 minutes after we have walked in.
While we love the Melting Pot, our pockets cannot afford it all the time and so we have created our own at home fondue date night that we have on special occasions. The preparation is SO quick and easy and the conversation is more than worth it. We often put on some great records (yes, on an old-school turntable) and talk over music and delicious food. Some of our best discussions are sparked this way. When each vegetable or piece of meat takes 2-3 minutes to cook, you don’t have any choice but to sit back, be patient and relax. So, we do…
The only thing you need for a successful Fondue Date Night is a fondue pot and some food. Our fondue pot is an electric Cuisinart one and it is fantastic. We have had it for years now and it has been perfect for us!
We usually skip the cheese part and head right to the main course although, we have toyed with the idea of doing just the cheese course with the kids one night…I think they would really enjoy it.
Fondue for Dinner:
Step 1: I cube up about ½ pound of sirloin steak and a few chicken breasts into large pieces. My husband is a steak and chicken guy, but you can use shrimp, fish, pork, sausage, really any meat you have in the house. I then cut up some potatoes (not skinned, just washed), broccoli, and mushrooms.
Step 2: I make the fondue part. Here is my recipe for a wonderful, basic fondue:
In a fondue pot (we have this one from Cuisinart), mix together:
6 cups beef broth
1/2-1 cup red wine
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (I used baby bella)
1/4 cup chopped scallions
4 sliced cloves of garlic
2 Tbsp soy sauce
That is it!
Step 3: Follow the fondue instructions as far as heating up the pot before using. It usually just takes a couple of minutes.
- Add the potatoes first – they will take the longest to become tender.
- Make sure that you cook your food until it is done (no pink chicken). It will ruin the rest of your night if it is not.
- Take the opportunity to kick back and enjoy your date. Enjoy the conversation!
- Dip away in the sauces…(See below)
I am a sauce girl. You know the kind of person that eats french fries for the ketchup, burgers for the condiments, chicken nuggets for the sweet and sour or polynesian sauce, and wontons for the soy sauce. So….I love the dipping sauces!
Here are a few of my favorites. They are all quick and easy to make up with ingredients that are already in your house.
1. Sour cream and feta dip – Literally just 1/2 cup of sour cream + 2Tbsp feta and mix. I use this on the veggies .
2. BBQ Sauce – I use homemade if I have some around, but if not, I take a bottled BBQ sauce and add 2 Tbsp of pineapple juice to it. YUM!
3. Sesame Seed Terryaki
4. Sweet and Sour Sauce
After the we are finished our meal, we are always satisfied, both by the conversation that we just had and by the food that we put in our stomachs!
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