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A fondue party is easy to pull off. Start by dusting off the fondue pot (who cares if it's the '70s-looking avocado-green thing you found in your mother's attic). Then, just prep a few ingredients and let your guests do the rest. Any of these recipes would go well with a crisp green salad dressed with a tangy vinaigrette. If you like, you can serve the salad European-style -- after the entree, to help cleanse the palate before dessert. If you need appetizers, try a simple spread of smoked salmon, capers, lemon slices, fresh dill, and crackers. Or simply put out a French-style pate, tart cornichons, and baguette slices. For dessert, wash out the pot, fill it with our Mocha Fondue, and continue the cook-your-own fun.
These recipes, from the classic to the contemporary, will have guests practically cooking the food themselves -- and having a great time doing it.
Queso Fundido with Corn-Bread Dippers It's no coincidence that the Spanish word "fundido" sounds a little like the French word "fondue" -- they both mean "melted." This south-of-the-border interpretation brings a chili-pepper bite and jicama crunch to the melted cheese.
Meat Fondue Our lighter, updated version of meat fondue calls for broth instead of the traditional oil.
Swiss Fondue This is it! A rich, wine-laced, Swiss-style recipe for the fondue purist. Hint: To keep the mixture from sticking and scorching in the pot, stir the fondue with your fork and bread every time you dip into it.
Wine-Tarragon Fondue Partially cook the vegetables for easy spearing.
Mocha Fondue Update chocolate fondue with a hint of coffee, and serve it with meringue cookies as crispy dippers.