New Years Eve Fondue

We have a family New Years Eve tradition that began before we had children.  My brother-in-law and his sweet wife invited us over on a New Years Eve, long long ago, right after we first moved to Florida.

They had established a family Fondue Night tradition on New Years Eve.  This was my first foray into tempura and fried vegetables and meat.  I knew nothing of the chain restaurant The Melting Pot.  Needless to say, because of my abiding love of All Things Fried, I was hooked.

By the next New Years Eve, I had a newborn Emme.  And the chances of us staying up to watch fireworks, much less cook our own food over a vat of hot oil were nil.

And the children, they kept coming.  Our dusty fondue pot sat unused for many years.  I had to say nay to hot oil and extension cords in the dining room.

Last year, we thought it might finally be safe to reinstate the New Years Eve Family Fondue/Movie Night tradition.  The teenagers of course scoffed, and the boy wasn’t all that happy at the sight of all the vegetables on the table.  However, the evening was a success, and everyone enjoyed the fondue.  And the chance to stay up extra late.

Despite a back spasm that took me down for the better part of a day and a half, I rallied in time to pull everything together and we enjoyed an evening of Fondue.  The movies will be shown once the kitchen is cleaned.  (I sit at the keyboard with a heating pad while a teenager has cleaning duty.  #Winning #minions.)  In the spirit of full disclosure, and because Fiddledaddy threatened to rat me out, the cause of the spasm was my overly enthusiastic battle of cleaning the garden sized bathtub in our masterbath.  Which I now am unable to enjoy. 

Fondue_NightTwo of my kids are gluten-free, so I have a GF recipe that I can share:

GF Tempura Batter

  • 3/4 Cup white or brown rice flour (I make my own with my Vita-Mix grain attachment)
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 Cup Sparkling water

It helps the consistency if all the ingredients are chilled first.  Simply mix well.  I doubled the recipe for my family of 5.

I buy pre-cooked packages of fajita steak and chicken, so no one has to visit the ER on New Years Eve.  I’m guessing that would be gruesome.  And besides, we’ve had two ER visits in the last week, so I’m over that.  (Another story for another day.)   I add raw zucchini, okra, sliced onions, mushrooms , and cheese cubes for dipping into the tempura and frying (all done at the table by each family member).  I have color-coded fondue forks.

I’m happy to report and no was set ablaze, scalded, or stabbed.

If I’m feeling particularly spry, I add melted cheese and melted chocolate for dipping as well.  Tonight, everyone will be making their own popcorn in a bag.

On this New Years Eve I’m grateful for my family, my precious friends, many many blessings, Extra-strength Tylenol, and stretchy-pants.

Happy New Years my friends!!!!

DeeDeeSig

December 31, 2015

6 Responses to New Years Eve Fondue

  • Tip for that garden tub:

    First, make a mixture of dish soap and vinegar, 1:1 ratio, and pour into a clean spray bottle. It helps to gently warm the mixture on the stove before pouring into the bottle – it seems to help them mix properly. Don’t let it boil or anything.

    Spray a thick mist on the walls of the tub and let sit for at least an hour.

    Now, here’s where you need a particular tool. I got mine at Walmart, I think. It’s a long reaching scrub tool from Scotch. Apparently your blog settings won’t let me paste a link here, but if you search for “amazon.com scotch long handled scrubber”, it’s the first link. Dampen the walls of the tub with water, then swipe the scrubber along the walls. The gunk basically just wipes off, with almost no effort at all. Scrub around a bit, rinse well, and you’re all done. No thrown-out backs required! 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  • Praying that your back spasms are much better. Believe me when I say “I feel your pain”. NOT fun. I pray that you have a WONDERFUL new year. 🙂 It’s truly been over 10 years since I’ve done fondue with the family; I don’t think I even have the set anymore. I may have to remedy that. 😉

  • How do you manage the pot if you have oil for frying, cheese, and chocolate? Time-outs in between while you clean the pot? Multiple pots?

    • Since I only have one fondue pot (and it’s electric), I use a separate pot on the stove for the cheese and chocolate, and just bring it over in a bowl or small crock pot. 🙂

  • Raw okra? RAW OKRA??? I grew up in Mississippi and I have never heard of such a thing. Don’t know that I can find okra here in Idaho, but if I do, I’ll have to try it raw. 🙂