Two Fondues for Valentine’s Day: Cheese Fondue and Chocolate Fondue

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!

 
Ale-infused Cheese Fondue

Recipe for Ale-Infused Cheese Fondue

Cheese Sauce
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

For Dipping
Bread and cooked meat, cut into pieces

Directions
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 Fondue

 

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

For Dipping
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

Directions
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.

Are you cooking up anything special this Valentine’s Day?

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Disclosure: Recipes and images were provided by Rave Review!™ Original Culinary Spirits™.  No compensation was given for this post.

Comments

  1. Looks delicious!

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  3. This recipe sounds great! Thanks for linking up to Tip Me Tuesday linky party this week. {knuckle bumps} Did you know that I can “lend” your blog posts my Google page rank for better search engine traffic? {fabulous} If you upload at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL into your Tip Junkie craft room, you’ll be in business! {wink} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie} http://www.tipjunkie.com/post/how-to-add-a-craft-room-project-on-tip-junkie/ – See more at: http://afewshortcuts.com/2014/01/baked-bbq-zucchini-chips/comment-page-1/#comment-168651

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