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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these delicious beef or cheese fondue recipes

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these delicious beef or cheese fondue recipes

When our kids were young, we wanted to involve them in our Valentine’s Day celebrations but it’s tough to take a teething, whiny baby to a fancy restaurant (you’re welcome). So, we decided our Johnson Family Valentine’s Day tradition should be to fondue. Not only is it something out of the ordinary but it is a delicious way to 1) bond with our loved ones or 2) say “put a fork in it” and not get in trouble.

Over the years I have been really picky about great fondue but the problem is it has taken me a while to get there. Growing up as the granddaughter of cattle ranchers, my parents always had the best beef fondues with plenty of delicious dipping sauces. In my early 20s I served a mission in Switzerland where cheese fondues reign supreme but I wasn’t a big fan because the cheeses and alcohol were too pungent for my taste. 

My family finally nailed it with the perfect fondue party that had delicious oil and broth for the beef and chicken, and my new favorite recipe for cheese. Here are some tips:

  1. Buy quality ingredients. We splurged on top sirloin from the butcher and cheese from a local cheese shop but it was so worth it. Many of the most popular beef cuts sold at retail are lean, including T-Bone, Tenderloin, Top Sirloin, and more. On average, a 3 oz. serving of lean beef is about 150 calories (compared to the same amount of protein you get from peanut butter, which is 670 calories).
  2. Go electric.  Electric fondue pots are a must; my sterno pot just doesn’t maintain enough heat for the meats but was OK with the cheese.
  3. Metal pots are better for oil-fried fondues or hot-pots, while ceramic is good for cheese and chocolate.
  4. Have a lot of sides. We went a bit crazy with the bread, potatoes and vegetables we dipped in the cheese fondue. The good news is we were able to use all our leftovers to make frittatas and omelets the next day.
  5. Apple juice or sparkling cider may be substituted for white wine in most fondue recipes.

Another winning combination for our most recent fondue party? A snowy day, Harry Potter marathon and PJs. Mostly because jammies are best when you need some extra space around the waistband. 

We had two pots for the beef–one with oil and the other with Roasted Garlic and Onion Broth (see the healthy recipe below). Our third fondue pot was dedicated to cheese. I’m not a huge fan of really strong  fondues with pungent cheese and alcohol but this cheese recipe was over-the-top yummy. Even my daughter who claims to not like cheese loved it.

I didn’t have the heart to tell her that the main ingredient was, welp, cheese.

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Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

2 Comments

  1. Salivating. I love both beef and cheese fondue. Have never tried broth…I like having a healthier option. Is the taste a lot different?

  2. The taste is different, but in a good way. The brother takes a bit longer to cook the meat as well (from our experience). I usually make sure it’s piping hot before I put it in the fondue pot.

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