New Year's Eve is the perfect night for "family time." I really prefer that no one is out driving--much better to settle in for a long night home together.
Fondue makes a perfect New Year's Eve dinner. As Christian so aptly put it, "It takes forever to dip and cook enough to make a meal."
Three Cheese Fondue
1 cup White Wine
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Unbleached Flour
7 Ounces Gruyere, grated
7 Ounces Emmenthaler, grated
7 Ounces Cheddar, grated
Bring the wine to a boil in a small saucepan and turn it off. Then, melt the butter in a different saucepan, using medium-low heat. Stir the flour into the butter until it's smooth. Stir the wine into the flour mixture, slowly, using a wire whisk. Over medium-low heat, slowly add the cheese, stirring with the whisk as you go. Before we were finished adding, we had to switch to a wooden spoon. When it's all smooth, transfer to a fondue pot and keep it melted and gooey on low.
We dipped Granny Smith apples, hearty rustic sourdough, and blanched broccoli florets. There was no three-cheese left over, but we had bread, broccoli, and apples left on New Year's day. So, I used the above recipe, substituting a cup of beer (not too dark) for the wine, and four generous cups grated cheddar for the cheese. Before adding the cheese, I sprinkled it with a healthy dose of garlic powder and cayenne.
At the other end of the island, we cooked marinated cubes of London Broil in equal parts butter and olive oil. I had marinated over night in bottle Italian dressing. Simple and really addictive.
Sarah Annie was one happy dipper.
If you give a gang full and happy tummies, they might just break into wild dancing.
(Poor Christian is a bit concerned and maybe just a little bored.)
When they were all danced out, it was time for chocolate fondue. I melted equal parts chocolate chips and heavy cream.
We dipped pretzels, pineapple, and angel food cake.
Pound cake, pirouette cookies and marshmallows are other favorites.
When things got a little too chocolatey and sticky, a little whipped cream, straight from the can, did the trick.
A little sparkling cider before going up to bed.
Goodnight, sweet princess.
Happy New Year!