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 Post subject: vegan fondue?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:31 pm 
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Does the cashew "cheese" work in fondue? My friends want to have fondue party and I want a vegan alternative.


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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:17 pm 
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The Uncheese cookbook has a bunch of fondues in it. If you or someone you know doesn't own it, check out a library!

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I made a giant pot of Vcon cheesy sauce with extra herbs (sage, oregano, etc.), liquid smoke, and IPA beer for a party a while back. It was fondue-ish since I kept it on the stove and people dipped bread and vegetables in...

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I bet cashew based cheese would be awesome for fondue. I used to make a modified version of the one from the Real Food Daily cookbook on nachos, I bet that would totally work.

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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
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Oil or broth fondue is another option. Mmmm, tempura...


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And then of course you must have chocolate fondue for dessert. But I'm guessing you want to do all 3 courses. I used to love hosting 3 course fondue parties: cheese, oil, chocolate, but haven't done it since going vegan, so if you come up with a good cheese fondue, report back please!

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jdfunks wrote:
I made a giant pot of Vcon cheesy sauce with extra herbs (sage, oregano, etc.), liquid smoke, and IPA beer for a party a while back. It was fondue-ish since I kept it on the stove and people dipped bread and vegetables in...

YUM.

The pub fondue from the uncheese book is great too. It's all about the beer.


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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:47 am 
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Thanks for the great suggestions. Adding the beer sounds good. I'll let you know what I learn!


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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:54 am 
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annak wrote:
Oil or broth fondue is another option. Mmmm, tempura...


I've never heard of this before - Is it a fondue in which you fry/boil your dippers?

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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
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VeganGeorgie wrote:
annak wrote:
Oil or broth fondue is another option. Mmmm, tempura...


I've never heard of this before - Is it a fondue in which you fry/boil your dippers?


Right - we used to make this all the time with my family with little cubes of (sorry) steak when I was young, fried up in oil. For a more vegan choice, you could do an eggless batter with vegetables. When we used to go to a local fondue restaurant, since they reused the oil, vegetarians were advised to go with vegetable broth. Then it was more like dumplings than fried dough. You could do things like vegan ravioli with either, I think. Onion rings...sweet potato pieces...really anything deep fryable. (mm, pizza dough deep fried and rolled in sugar?)


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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
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Another fondue - like alternative is Bagna Cauda (hot bath in Italian). It is a garlicky - salty dip with olive oil.

3 parts olive oil
2 parts earth balance
minced garlic to taste - 2+ cloves
miso to taste - start at 1/4 tsp, taste it and add more if needed
broth or water if needed to get the taste you want - add 1 tbsp at a time

optional flavours - lemon juice, dried ground mushrooms (fine powder), sundried tomato paste, herbs, black or chili peppers

Dippers:

bread - artisan-style bread, foccacia, breadsticks

veggies - raw or roasted red peppers, raw or lightly steamed broccoli or cauliflower, celery, carrots, zucchini, radishes, green onions, radicchio, fennel, cherry tomatoes, boiled potatoes

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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:48 am 
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These ideas are great. I haven't used my fondue pot since going vegan. I'm trying to decide between cooking in broth or oil but don't want to eat everything fried. Any good ideas on what to cook in broth?

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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:12 am 
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I've had good luck making an Alfredo sauce with Follow Your Heart, white wine, almond milk, and veganaise (yes, it's basically the healthiest thing ever). I bet if you added less white wine and almond milk, it would make a good fondue. You could also try using port, or adding a few drops of liquid smoke or whatnot.


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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
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if you mean port-wine, I stronlgy disagree, violet... think of the colour!!! :)


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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
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What wonderful ideas! I often dream of fondue. I even have a brilliant little Le Creuset fondue pot with a seventies swirly pattern on it. I'm going to break it in asap.

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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
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Another vote for the pub fondue in the Uncheese cookbook. My dad was eating it and saying how good it was. Then he looked at me and said "why are you eating this? It's cheese!!"

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 Post subject: Re: vegan fondue?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:29 am 
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I'll have to get the uncheese cookbook. In the meantime we fondued in oil tonight. It is truly a lost art. Although two people making a meal out of it is rather gluttonous but it was soooooo good.

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