When you have guests you’ll want to make your work as easy as possible the day of the event. Serve something simple, yet elegant. Fondue is something you can prepare ahead of time, allowing time to mingle with your guests. Or gluten free fondue makes a wonderful Valentine’s Day, anniversary, or special date night dinner. I list several gluten free fondue recipes below. They truly are my favorite gluten free recipes. Enjoy!
Several Gluten Free Fondue Recipes
The best meal and most fun I have had is going to my favorite fondue restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area, La Fondue. I once made a very romantic fondue meal, replicating La Fondue’s feast, for my husband on Valentine’s Day, saving about $175, including wine: cubed gluten free bread baguettes and raw vegetables served with a gluten free cheese fondue sauce made with gluten free beer; beef (or fave), chicken and/or shrimp served with several dipping sauces; and fresh fruit, gluten-free marshmallows, Snickers bars (update: may contain cross-contamination, from what I have read), cream cheese balls, served with a chocolate fondue sauce. And don’t forget your favorite wine or bubbly!
You can either serve the vegetables raw or blanche them in boiling water for a minute or more.
Buy a hot plates (a single electric burner) and plug it into a nearby outlet, close to your table. Set a grilling pan on top. You may need an extension cord. If you have an electric grill that works best. You can move your table up against a wall. Serve raw meat such as cut up chicken breasts, steak and shrimp. Allow your guests to cook their own and have dipping sauces such as gluten-free barbecue sauce, gluten-free tamari sauce (such as San-J Tamari Sauce, gluten-free teriyaki sauce horseradish sauce (see Gluten Free Chef Rob’s Horseradish Dipping Sauce Recipe), and hot or spicy gluten free mustard (I use Grey Poupon or French’s Dijon Mustard). Ensure that you add a nice decanter of olive oil for cooking.
For dessert you may serve cubed Snickers bars (or other gluten-free candy bars), (UPDATE: Snickers bars may not be gluten-free anymore, carefully read labels and/or check with manufacturer), gluten-free pound cake, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, and gluten-free marshmallows. If you want to get fancy make the cream cheese balls (recipe below); served with a chocolate fondue sauce. I understand the fruit will be limited to what is in season, but I thought you should have the entire list of what I usually serve. Defrosted frozen strawberries are always an option.
Gluten free founde recipes for chocolate sauce, cream cheese balls, cheddar cheese beer sauce; and suggestions for serving meat and seafood fondue, and more!
- 1 - 8 oz. package of cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
- Cinnamon or nutmeg (whichever is your favorite)
- 3/4 lb. sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 Tablespoons tapioca flour or your favorite gluten-free thickening flour or starch
- 1 cup of your favorite gluten-free beer
- gluten-free hot sauce or gluten-free chipotle sauce to taste (I use Buffalo's chipotle sauce)
- 8 oz. Semi-sweet gluten free chocolate morsels (more if desired)
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla, cinnamon, your favorite gluten-free liqueur or gluten-free instant coffee
- Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla with a fork until softened and creamy.
- With 2 hands, roll into small balls about 3/4" round.
- Sprinkle a bed of cinnamon or nutmeg into a plate and roll the balls with cinnamon.
- Bounce the balls in your hand, with fingers spread, to remove excess cinnamon.
- Place them onto a serving platter with your other desserts.
- In a medium sauce pan, boil beer.
- Add cheese and stir with a wooden spoon until melted.
- Sprinkle flour and stir until well blended.
- Add hot sauce to taste.
- Pour into a fondue pot and keep warm.
- Heat evaporated milk in a sauce pan. Add chocolate and lower heat. Stir until chocolate is melted. Add 1 teaspoon of your favorite flavoring as suggested above; stir and keep warm in a fondue pot.
- On the table, add large heavy glasses with fondue forks with different color handles so that your guest will know which one is theirs. Have several salad plates and saucers for your guests. Add additional plates for your guest to set down their forks.
- Your guests will have a ball. It is just amazing how the conversation will revolve around cooking their food. Everyone laughs when reaching for the same pieces, too. If you have guests that do not know each other this is a sure ice breaker.
- Serve with several different wines, both red and white.My favorite with this meal is Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc 2005.
If the chocolate fondue becomes too thick add more whipping cream.
If the cheese fondue becomes too thick add more beer.
Do not add too much meat and shrimp to the table. You do not want it to spoil. You can always add more as needed.
Before dessert, everyone will swear that they cannot eat another bite, but once having one bite of something dipped in the chocolate fondue they will not be able to stop! It happens every time!
Check the labels of all bottled sauces and ensure they are gluten-free!