Looking for fondue recipes? Fondue is still fun after all these decades. This dipping pot of bubbling goodness is still in style. Learn about fondue cooking, so you can cook safely and easily, without any disasters or disappointments. Fondue cooking can be fun and easy by cooking simple recipes. If you have a fondue pot hidden away, dig it out and dust it off. If you don’t own one, they can often be found at thrift stores and garage sales, but even at retail prices, they aren’t too costly.
I own a couple of different types. I tend to use my electric pot most because I have kids and I don’t want to use an open flame for heat. I use my crockpot in a pinch, too.
I’m sharing some fondue basics and including 26 vintage fondue recipes from The Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library (1971)
Types of Fondue Pots, Burners and Accessories
Stainless steel and Aluminum are used for all types of fondue cooking, but need lower temp for cheese and chocolate, so they don’t burn.
Enamelware/Cast iron pots are used for all types of fondue recipes.
Ceramic pots are typically used for cheese and chocolate.
Metal with nonstick coating for all types of fondue cooking, but some can’t reach a high enough temperature for oil.
Stainless Steel with glass inserts for all types of fondue cooking.
Stainless Steel and Copper with interchangeable inserts for all types of fondue cooking.
Fondue Burners and Accessories:
Alcohol burners can be used for chocolate, cheese, broth, and oil.
Candles such as votives and tealights are fine for chocolate, but not ideal for cheese, broth, or oil.
Butane heat is good for chocolate, cheese, broth, and oil
Gel fuel like sterno are best for cheese and chocolate, but aren’t the best choice for broth and oil.
Electric pots can be used for all types of fondue cooking.
The following are suggestions for fondue accessories:
Color coded fondue forks
Butter warmer sets
Fondue Safety and Etiquette Tips:
You can heat on the stove and transfer to fondue pot.
Fondue forks are for cooking, dipping, and swirling. They are not typically used to eat with. Transfer your cooked food on a plate. No one likes a double dipper.
Place your fondue pot on a trivet and not directly on your table.
Don’t move a hot fondue pot and don’t leave it unattended with small children.
Bring on the Food
Types of fondue oils to use:
Cheeses commonly used in fondue recipes:
Food suggestions to dip in chocolate fondue:
Fresh and dried fruits
Fondue Dipping Sauces:
Fondue cooking is versatile. It can be enjoyed alone, with family, for a party, or for couples. There’s a fondue tradition that states if food drops from your fork and into the fondue pot, you have to buy wine for the host or kiss the person next to you. This might encourage or discourage your fondue manners.
Additional Fondue Tips:
–Can use fondue pots to keep gravy, baked beans, soups, or sauces warm.
–Can use a crockpot as a fondue pot.
–Can use bamboo skewers.
–You can adapt your favorite pureed soup recipes into fondues. Add cornstarch to thicken if needed.
–Leftover cheese and meat fondue items can be used in soups, eggs, or served on potatoes. Leftover dessert fondue can be used on ice cream.
–Fondue pots can be used as an emergency heat source for cooking during power outages.
–Fondue is great served outside or inside and during any season.
–Can use a fondue pot as a Chinese Hot Pot
–Great for Valentine’s Day or any holiday
–If new to fondue cooking, you might want to start out with broth, oil, or chocolate fondue recipes. If you really want to do cheese, try adding corn starch to prevent the cheese from separating or adding lemon juice or kirsch, so the cheese doesn’t get too stringy.
You might remember that the Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library were recipe cards that you could order and they were mailed to you. You would receive different monthly packs/categories of recipes from General Mills. It came with a lidded card file box, too. This particular recipe library contained 24 decks. There are roughly 1000 cards total in the library. This set was even advertised on TV.
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Please be sure to check out, this comprehensive post on hosting a fondue dinner party. I’ve mentioned it before, but she put a lot of work into it and it’s a great resource for fondue.