Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Vintage Football Fondue Party

The roots of football run deep into American history. With the big game coming up this Sunday, we wanted to do something special, so we had a Vintage Football Party complete with kid-friendly fondue. We didn’t go back quite to 1869, but the vintage football jerseys combined with old school decorations and fondue set the stage for a rousing celebration. Keep reading for the recipe.

and as always, a lovely banner from Alyssa Creations.

The vintage football jerseys, referee shirt and cheerleading outfit are from GreatStitch.

The pictures are from our talented friend Becky at Digital Detours.

We used football themed printables from Anders Ruff for the candy jars...we love their football theme decor! We paired that along with a football flower (it’s actually made from a piece of real football!) from Sport Buds.

We made Rice Krispie bars in the shape of footballs! 

We wanted something kid-friendly for the food, so with our culinary background in hand we made up our own fondue recipe. We used apple juice instead of beer or wine as the base. This works because they have the same properties. It's a good way to get kids to eat the veggies and it's not the same old pizza at the game! Just a few little ingredients and some veggies and you are good to go

This is also a gluten free recipe!

Cheese Fondue
2 cups apple juice
5 cups colby/jack cheese mixed with 1/4 cup corn starch
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Heat the apple juice with the garlic to a simmer. If you like your fondue perfectly smooth then rub the pan with the garlic clove before you put the apple juice in to give it a slight garlic flavor and leave out the minced garlic. We love garlic so we mince it and put it in. While the apple juice is heating, toss the cheese with the cornstarch.

When the apple juice starts to bubble around the sides, with a whisk in hand (or fork), stir constantly while adding the cheese. Keep stirring until it smooths out and add the Worcestershire sauce. Serve hot over veggies, bread. If you have a meat lover you can grill a little steak and cut it up in small pieces to dip. You can do this ahead of time and put it in a crock pot to keep it warm. We have served as many as 40 people multiplying this recipe out and keeping it warm in a crock pot. A ladel works perfectly to get it out of the crock pot.

Rather than bowls, we poured the fondue into individual cups for the kids to avoid a penalty for double dipping. And who liked those pointy fondue forks? I think they gave fondue a bad name! Veggies are perfect finger food and with their own cup they are happy as clams.


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