Today’s holiday dinner recipe is an easy appetizer. This cheese fondue recipe is kid-friendly.
I am so excited that our Holiday Progressive Dinner is finally here! If you didn’t see my invitation post earlier this week, the progressive dinner is a blog hop that involves 5 bloggers, 5 complete holiday meals, 35 recipes and 7 fantastic giveaways! For the first week, the menu item that I made was the appetizer. I decided to make Cheese Fondue that can be served with fresh veggies, apple slices and crusty cubes of bread.
The sponsor for this week’s holiday progressive dinner is Corelle. I received a gorgeous Corelle dish set to review. At the end of this post, you can enter to win your own dish set! Corelle is a brand name that I am very familiar with. When I got married almost 19 years ago, my grandparents bought us a Corelle dish set as a wedding gift! We still have the complete dish set and still use it daily. During those 19 years, despite multiple moves, children and daily use, the set is in excellent condition. So, I was very excited to receive a more modern Corelle dish set because although I still like my original one, the pattern is looking its age.
The set that I received is called Cherish. The dishes have a beautiful, yet subtle, embossed pattern on them. They are white and I love that they have a square shape. Not only are we going to enjoy using this set of dishes, they are going to make great photo props!
The pattern on the cups is so pretty and they are the perfect size. I can use the large button on my Keurig and get a full cup of coffee.
To make the cheese fondue, you need shredded cheddar cheese, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, sparkling apple cider, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper. Use fresh veggies like cauliflower, carrots and broccoli along with apples and crusty bread for dipping.
Heat the sparkling apple juice (can also use whole milk or apple juice) and chopped garlic in a saucepan. Slowly add the shredded cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese a 1/2 cup at a time, whisking with a fork until smooth. Blend in black pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Serve immediately. I made my fondue in my new Farberware saucepan. Farberware is the sponsor for week three so be on the lookout for that giveaway!
Cut the veggies into bite sized pieces, the bread into cubes and the apples into thin slices. Put all of the dippers into bowls.
Take a small bowl and place it in the center of a large plate. Fill the bowl with the cheese fondue and fill the plate with the veggies, apples and bread. This cheese fondue is so delicious and very kid friendly! After I made the fondue and took my pictures, my sister’s kids called to see if my kids wanted to go to their house to play and have pizza for dinner. They live within walking distance and before my kids headed out the door, I put the leftover cheese fondue and the cubed bread into a bag for them to take along. A few days later, both my sister and my brother-in-law told me how good the cheese fondue was. My sister said that she warmed up half of the fondue at first and it quickly disappeared. So, she told the kids not to worry, there was plenty more and warmed up the second half which they also ate! If you do plan to reheat the cheese fondue, I want you to know the cheese does not melt as smoothly when reheating. My sister and all of the kids didn’t mind a bit and said that it was delicious.
- 1 cup sparkling apple juice (or apple juice or whole milk)
- 2 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1 lb block cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 oz bag Monterey jack cheese, shredded
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Heat sparkling apple juice and chopped garlic just until it starts to boil.
- Slowly add the shredded cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese a ½ cup at a time, whisking with a fork until smooth.
- Blend in black pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
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