Fondue dipping sauces for fondue are part of making a successful fondue party. They offer a wide range of flavors, plus it adds interest to your dinner party or fondue gathering. In fact, a well rounded and well chosen variety of sauces is just as important to the success of your party as is the preparation of the fondue itself.
It's not as hard as it sounds, since you can mostly make up the sauces well in advance of your party and merely bring them out when you are ready to serve.
Just to make sure we are all on the same page, these dipping sauces, listed below are to be used with meat fondue, chicken fondue, or seafood fondue. Obviously, you don't need added sauces for Cheese Fondue - being that it is a sauce unto itself!
A combination of 3 to 6 fondue dipping sauces is usually plenty to serve with your fondue. But, don't let that stop you, if more appeal to you and your crowd, then go for it! Make 10 sauces. Or 12!
Try a combination of sweet and spicy and mild and tart. As I mentioned earlier, if you make up the sauces ahead of time, say, the day before, it helps to blend the flavors and frees you up for other preparations you have to ready yourself for your fondue gathering.
Some recipes will require you to make them just proceeding your dinner, but not all. Just carefully follow the directions and the recipe will spell it out for you when you should make each sauce.
Some fondues can also include other condiments besides the sauces you make. These are the easy ones! Teriyaki sauce, ketchup, chili sauce, mustards, meat sauces, pickle relish, chutneys and tartar sauce can all be found in your local store. Of course, if you are feeling a little Martha Stewart-ish, go ahead and make any of the above from scratch!
Some of my favorite fondue dipping sauces are: Tomato Lemon Chutney, Sour Cream Mustard Sauce, and Chipotle Tartar Sauce. All of these dipping sauces are easy to make and you can find the recipes on my website, Easy Appetizer Recipes. Read my bio below.
Fondue dipping sauces are like the icing on the cake. They add interest, sparkle and flavor. Experiment, try new sauces, make them up. It's really hard to mess up a sauce. If you don't like it, try another one. As they say, variety is the spice of life!
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Sara Gray is an avid lover of appetizers and has created a great website called Easy Appetizer Recipes where you can find delicious ideas for all kinds of hot and cold appetizers, raclette grilling, fondue, tapas small plates, snacks, chips and dip ideas, and appetizer soups.