My husband and I used to love going to The Melting Pot whenever we were at the Syracuse, NY mall. The last few times we went shopping, they were not open and we heard recently that they are closed for good. Now where will we go to enjoy the fondue experience? Well, no worries, because we now make our own. We recently bought a fondue kit from Bed Bath and Beyond as one of our early Christmas presents and have already put use to it. If you don’t want to go out and buy one of these, you can always use a crock pot, but we like the authenticity of a fondue kit. Not to mention, for less than $60 for the kit, we can enjoy fondue whenever we want. We were spending over $100 every time we went to a restaurant for this treat (not to mention over an hour of driving each way), so after one use it has already paid for itself.
This Vegan Mushroom Fondue recipe is the delicious works of “The Spruce Eats”. We used cubes of Italian bread and cauliflower as dippers, but it would also be great with cucumbers, broccoli, and pretzels. We didn’t have vegan bouillon cubes or miso, so we just seasoned with spices in our pantry. Next time we plan to try the recipe as written and I bet it will somehow be even better.
We also made our own broth fondue to cook veggies in. We used vegetable broth, wine, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a bunch of other seasonings. We added diced sweet potato and onions to the broth to cook while we dipped mushrooms, asparagus, carrots, and celery until tender. For dipping, we used Dijon mustard, teriyaki sauce, and a poppy seed dressing. Oh, and my husband enjoyed some sake while I sipped on some sparkling grape juice. Yummy!
There are so many ways to personalize your fondue experience. Next time, we plan to try a vegan cheese and berry dessert fondue. For us, it’s not as much about the food as it is about sitting down, taking our time, talking, experiencing, and creating memories (although it was incredibly delicious).
We are planning to add fondue to our New Years Eve party menu. I can’t wait to share how it goes with you!
Have you ever tried fondue? You don’t have to give it up just because your diet changes! You can still enjoy the best things in life with a few alterations.
P.S. Our urge to fondue at home may or may not be correlated to our recent obsession with “That ’70s Show” – the jury is still out.