Saturday, December 31, 2011

Cheddar Bacon Fondue

Happy New Year!!! We are in Ruidoso, NM with J's family now. It is beautiful and we are having a lovely time!! I am making my annual dinner for all 18 of us tonight. New Year's Eve here is very quiet, we play games, eat and watch the ball drop in our PJ's. On the menu tonight: Cranberry Brie Cracker Bites, Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips, Chicken Milanese, Lemon Parmesan Pasta and Asparagus! Now off to the grocerey store!

Fondue is always a great dish for New Years Eve. Here is a great new fondue recipe!

Cheddar and Bacon Fondue

1/4 cup chicken broth
16 oz mild cheddar cheese
8 oz gouda cheese
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
3 slices bacon
1 clove garlic
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms
3/4 cup white wine or beer, I used beer even though wine is in the picture.

For Dipping:
Brussels Sprouts
French Bread
Diced Chicken

Grate cheese.
Add flour to cheese and mix together.
Mince mushrooms and chop garlic
Fry bacon in pot that you will cook cheese in.
Remove and drain on paper towels.
Add mushrooms and garlic to pan.
Cook until mushrooms are softened.
Add beer to pan and chicken broth.
Roasted veggies on a baking sheet with drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper on 375 ofr 20 minutes.
Add cheese 1 handful at a time to pot, stir to melt, then add more.

Once all cheese in melted, add spinach to pot.

Crumble bacon.
Add bacon to pot.
If cheese is too thick, add a little more chicken broth until you have the right consistency.
Pour into a fondue pot.
Plate dippers!

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