I have a huge cheese fan in my house, so when she came across a fondue recipe in the American Girl The Awesomest, Randomest Book Ever, some time last year she was intrigued.
We have used the recipe from the book for dinner a handful of time since then. It’s pretty good! We’ve found it a great way for the kids to prep dinner, eat some vegetables, use up some leftovers and have fun at dinner. The first couple times we made a big deal about it, adding to the grocery list and prepping, but the past few times, this has been a meal we make when it’s dinner time, the kids are hungry and we don’t have a dinner plan. The kids can prep the dippers, or cook the cheese, you only need a little bit of everything on hand, you can get creative using leftovers, and it’s quick.
For dippers, we have tried and like chicken, shrimp, sausage (we keep talking about hot dogs, but never break them out), tofu (pan fried extra firm so it stays on the skewer), broccoli, cauliflower (okay, only I’m the only one in the house who likes the cauliflower), baby carrots, apple, snap peas, bread and potatoes (particularly in the form of tator tots). We tried ravioli for the first time which went over very well!
We have one non-cheese lover in the house, so we’ve also started making a couple olive oil dipping options (the easy favorite is olive oil with black pepper, Parmesan and herbs). And, of course, the conversation always goes into “can we make chocolate fondue for dessert?”
American Girl Inspired Cheese Fondue
(Adapted from The Awesomest, Randomest Book Ever )
- 1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 1/2 tbs flour
- 1 cup milk or half and half
- 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp dry ground mustard
- dash of garlic powder
- Add all of the ingredients into a medium saucepan and melt over low heat stirring often until melted and combined thoroughly (it can burn quickly in our stainless steel pans)!
- Dip and Enjoy!