We just got back from visiting family in Florida and did not want to do anything crazy so we had a great family New Years at home. We have been to The Melting Pot restaurants a few times and they do a great GF menu. When I asked my daughter what she wanted for dinner she replied "FONDUE!"
No fancy step by step recipes for this one. It was a fly by the seat of your pants dinner and it tasted great.
First Course - Protein
Steak, Chicken and Shrimp Fondue. I put two pots on the stove. In the first pot went chicken broth with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. In the second pot I put beef broth with a sprig of rosemary, garlic powder and onion powder. Brought the pots to a boil and lowered to a simmer.
I had cut up some NY strip and chicken breast and we defrosted some shrimp. Be super careful with raw chicken and make sure to clean the area well when you are done. Be sure that the chicken is cooked through (smaller pieces cook faster). We had fun dipping and cooking and eating and sharing. The shrimp actually tasted better in the beef broth.
Second Course - Cheese
I made a cheese fondue. I made a double boiler by putting some water in a pot and placing a metal bowl on top (the water was just below but did not touch the metal bowl). I added my favorite beer, New Planet Off Grid, and a ton of Gruyere cheese. Add the cheese a little at a time and keep stirring to get a smooth fondue. Only use about a 1/4 to 1/3 of the beer; you can add more later.
In the cheese we dipped apples, broccoli, carrots and bread. Yes, bread. I cut up some Udi's hotdog buns and they worked great.
Third Course - Chocolate
For dessert I made a double boiler again and added a bit of heavy cream and then about a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and a cup of dark chocolate chips. In this one we dipped bananas and strawberries.
The kids had fun, they were covered in chocolate and the kitchen was a mess. It was a great way to bring in the New Year.
Happy New Year,
The Un-Gluten Guy