If you haven’t heard yet, let us be the first ones to tell you: the 1970s dinner party staple – fondue – is making a comeback.
And this time around, fondue’s no longer limited to bread or veggies dipped in gooey cheese and fruit dipped in bubbling chocolate. New age fondue has grown up and guess what heart-healthy food has found its way into the fondue pot? Avocado!
Avocado fondue is silky, sophisticated, and surprising, offering dinner party guests a range of dipping options, such as shrimp, baby corn, broccoli, or other crunchy veggies (you can steam them lightly before serving if you don’t want to eat them raw). A single serving of avocado (1/3 of a medium-sized avocado) contains 6 grams of naturally good fats. These good fats help your body absorb vitamins A, D, K and E. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a diet plan that substitutes good fats in place of bad, within moderation, to receive the nutrient benefits of dietary fat without raising LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
Want to try this recipe at home? You’ll start by making a basic roux. Melt one stick of butter in your fondue pot, and then stir in a large shallot that’s been sliced into thin ribbons, along with two minced garlic cloves. Once the onion and garlic have softened, add 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour and whisk until it has incorporated and formed a thick paste.
Remove the fondue pot from the heat source and pour in 3/4 cups each of milk and half and half, stirring until smooth. Place the fondue pot back on the heat source and add a dash of salt and fresh ground pepper, the juice of two lemons, and 1 t. of smoked paprika. Keep stirring.
Add the flesh of one ripe Avocado From Mexico. Want to know how to choose a ripe and ready avocado? There are three main criteria: color and texture of the flesh, and whether the avocado gives bit to gentle pressure from your thumb. Need a tutorial? Check out this video.
Continue stirring until you have a uniform, smooth fondue. At the end, you can add a couple tablespoons of your favorite cheese: a smoky Gouda or a cheese with truffles are both good options.
Arrange your dipping items and fondue forks or skewers on a plate and call everyone to the table to enjoy avocado fondue and delicious foods for a fun dinner party.