A few simple changes turn classic Swiss fondue into a kid-friendly, fun family dinner!
When I was little, I thought fondue must be for kids.
I couldn’t understand why those fun long forks with colorful plastic tips didn’t belong to my brother and me.
My parents did let me taste their fondue, once or twice; I remember dipping a slice of apple into the pot and feeling disappointed at the tang of wine and funky Gruyere.
Now that I’ve got kids of my own, I’ve taken on the task of creating an easy, kid-friendly version of fondue that everyone enjoys. And this is it! The flavor is rich and cheesy, with just a tiny bit of tang from sharp cheddar and lemon juice. The texture is smooth-as-honey, and the fondue stretches as high as little arms can reach.
Best of all, this recipe comes together with simple ingredients that you can pick up at any supermarket. So really, any night can be fondue night!
These are the simple changes we make to turn classic fondue into a kid-friendly dinner: we replace wine with chicken broth, and use a blend of Swiss and white cheddar cheeses to make this dip super-cheesy but not-too-strong.
Is our version an authentic Swiss recipe? Nope. Does it turn family dinner into an ooey-gooey, cheesy, love-our-veggies party? You bet.
While you’re preparing the fondue, set out a colorful variety of foods for dipping. The more different kinds of veggies and fruits you offer, the more likely your kids will find something that they love to blanket with cheese and gobble up. Try some of these:
Broccoli (blanched) Cauliflower (blanched) Apples Green beans (blanched) Carrots (raw or blanched) Celery Asparagus (blanched) Potatoes (roasted or steamed) Cubed chicken (cooked)
Green beans (blanched)
Carrots (raw or blanched)
Potatoes (roasted or steamed)
Cubed chicken (cooked)
Whole grain bread
Here’s a tip that makes blanching veggies go super quickly: wash and chop your veggies and place them in separate bowls next to the stove. Then boil one pot of water, and blanch the veggies in batches in the same pot, for just one or two minutes apiece. Easy!
Enjoy a family fondue night this week by adding this recipe to your weekly meal plan. And don’t forget the playful penalty for dropping your food into the pot: a smooch with your neighbor!
- 1 cup chicken broth, low-sodium
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 clove garlic
- 3 cup Swiss cheese
- 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp, ground white pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- In a small, heavy-bottomed pot (cast-iron is best) bring the broth, lemon juice and pressed garlic to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
- Meanwhile, place the cheeses into a large Ziploc bag along with the cornstarch, and shake until the cheeses are well-coated (this is a great task for kids!)
- When the broth mixture begins to simmer, reduce the heat to low, and add handfuls of cheese, one at a time, whisking the fondue after each handful until the shreds are completely melted.
- Once all the cheese is well-incorporated, remove the pot from the stove and stir in the pepper and paprika.
- Serve immediately with vegetables, fruits and bread for dipping!