With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, a lot of people are planning a special night out on the town. But maybe you’d prefer a nice quiet night at home. Simple recipes that are savory and sweet, along with a cocktail or two, can make for a really great date night at home. Today I’m teaming up with Rave Review!™ Original Culinary Spirits™ to bring you two fondue recipes that would be perfect for you and your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. We have Ale-Infused Cheese Fondue for the a little something savory and Chocolate Rum Sauce for a little something sweet. Hope you enjoy!
Recipe for Ale-Infused Cheese Fondue
8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, halved
1 ½ cups Rave Review! ™Original Culinary Hops™
1 dash hot pepper sauce
Bread and cooked meat, cut into pieces
Combine cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, flour, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Rub cut side of garlic clove around bottom and sides of fondue pot. Pour Culinary Hops into fondue pot and slowly bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, about 5 minutes. Gradually add cheese while stirring, until cheese is melted and blended (for about 10 to 15 minutes). Add hot pepper sauce and stir. Serve with bread or meat pieces.
Chocolate Rum Sauce
½ cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
4 oz. semisweet chocolate
2 tsp. Rave Review!™ Original Culinary Rum™
⅛ tsp. grated orange zest
1 pint fresh strawberries, washed, dried and hulled
1 pint fresh raspberries
2 bananas, peeled, cut into 2 to 2 ½ -inch slices
12 oz. thick, salted pretzels
4 oz. dried apricots
6 oz. roasted, salted almonds
In a medium saucepan over low heat, bring the cream, sugar, cinnamon and butter to a rolling boil. Remove from the heat, add the chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts. Add the Culinary Rum and stir in the orange zest before serving. Arrange dipping food on a platter. Serve with warm chocolate rum sauce.
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