Family-Friendly Fondue Night
I am so excited to share our favorite meatless meal with y’all in honor of Meatless March! We shopped at our local Save-A-Lot. I absolutely love our Save-A-Lot. Their produce is beautiful and their prices are the lowest around. I don’t always make it over to Save A Lot because of time, but when I do, I stock up for a while! Fondue night is always so much fun, but it can be hard to find a cheese fondue recipe that doesn’t include wine or beer. Well, rest assured, this recipe doesn’t include either of those. Instead, I substitute apple juice. You can also use grape juice or half and half. This recipe is so super creamy already, I choose juice instead of cream. My kids just LOVE this recipe because the cheese is super stringy and fun to eat!
I actually got to go shopping without any kids this time! That, in itself, is a miracle. I also took this opportunity to stock up on supplies for our local family shelter. I had two carts full of groceries by time I left LOL As you can see, the pineapples at our Opelousas Save A Lot were beautiful and only $1.99! Prices at all stores may vary. I’d like to tell you that the pineapples made it to fondue night, but they did not. Once my son spotted them, I had to cut them up 😀
Now, onto my super easy peasy recipe that my kiddos love! We do cold cut dinners some nights with lunch meats, cheeses, pickles, and crackers. Finger foods are always fun for kids, so this fits in perfectly.
Gather your ingredients:
- 2 cups shredded colby/monterey jack cheese blend
- 1 cup apple juice (you can also use grape juice)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1-4 dashes Louisiana hot sauce, to taste
- black pepper to taste
Get to cooking!
- first bring your juice to a light boil and add Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and pepper.
- Mix thoroughly and turn down to low.
- Add cheese 1/4 cup at a time until all is added. Stir well between each 1/4 cup.
- Allow to heat on low-med/low for about 10 minutes. The fondue will be very stringy but smooth.
This recipe easily feeds our family of five. I steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and small yellow potatoes. I also cut zucchini and baguette. I placed cherry tomatoes in the center of the veggie/bread tray. It was a huge hit and perfect for our movie night!
As you can see above, we also had chocolate fondue. There was no special recipe for this, we simply melted fondue chocolate in a small crock pot on low and dipped bananas, strawberries, marshmallows and pretzels. As you can see, the kids loved it! Have a fun fondue night with your family in March. It’s a great way to get creative and work some fresh fruits and veggies into your children’s diets.