A broth fondue is one of the easiest tabletop cooking dishes to make. You might even have all the ingredients on hand already:
It's a great way to bring your family and friends to the table and share the fun of cooking with them.
A broth-based fondue can be a healthier option than fondue bourguignonne, where the raw meat and vegetables are cooked in oil. It’s also easy to make a vegetarian or vegan fondue by using vegetable broth. Similar to oil fondue dippers, broth dippers are usually dipped in an assortment of any number of fondue dipping sauces before being eaten.
In addition to the dipping sauces, you can also add seasonings and spices to your broth to enhance the flavor. Add fresh sprigs of herbs like rosemary and sage to a chicken broth-based fondue to comforting, hearty meal. Add soy sauce, ginger, and garlic to the pot to give it an Asian flare. Add onions, salt, pepper, and a splash of white wine to the broth to make a complex and tasty seafood fondue.
If you haven't tried a coq au vin fondue made with red wine and chicken broth, you should put it at the top of your list. This shrimp fondue with grits is another one of our favorite recipes, and it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!
Alternatively you could make a Chinese hot pot, which is similar to a fondue with broth. However, when you have hot pot, you usually ladle out the remaining broth and drink it out of your bowl like a clear soup that's been flavored with all the ingredients. You could do the same with the fondue broth, and it would taste just as great, but make sure all your guests are on the same page!
Somewhat confusingly, broth fondue is also known as fondue chinoise. Even if you don't speak French, "fondue chinoise" seems to indicate Chinese fondue, or hot pot. However, fondue chinoise means broth-based and Chinese fondue means hot pot.
The point, however, is that no matter how you combine the broth, the food, and the friends, you're in for a delicious meal, good conversations, and wonderful memories!
Some of my favorite online stores might have just what you need for your next tabletop meal!
Asian Food Grocer has a great selection of essential ingredients and many hard-to-find items.
Cilantro Cook Shop has a great selection of quality raclette and fondue sets.
For The Gourmet has an amazing selection of cheeses and chocolates.
Sephra specializes in chocolate, caramel and fruit fondues... and fountains.