My husband and I do not get to go out very often. It can be hard to find time with each other when our lives revolve around our daughter’s schedule and my husband’s crazy work schedule. There have been times at the end of the week when we turn to each other and realize we barely spent time together. It is not uncommon to put date nights on hold but we found that it was hard to start them back up. My husband and I sat down to discuss our relationship and threw around a few ideas to help us spend more quality time with each other. The idea that worked for us was the “stay at home” date night after our daughter has gone to bed and it has been working for the last year!
Most of our dates are simple, for example, we will catch up on our shows or watch a movie together. For this date, I wanted to do something a little different and a tad more romantic. I wanted to mimic the feel of a restaurant without leaving the comfort of our home. Some of the best dates that we have had were at our favorite fondue restaurant, The Melting Pot. On our visits we discovered that Butterkase and Fontina cheeses melt beautifully. We are quite fond of their Spinach Artichoke fondue so we decided to make our own! It took a million tries to get the recipe right but we eventually came across the right amount of ingredients to yield a delicious cheese mixture. Butterkase cheese is kind of hard to find, the brand I use is called Boars Head and is available at my local Kroger so check to see if your store carries it.
I utilized my two tier tray to hold cut up apples, French bread, tortillas and veggies. The tablecloth we use for Thanksgiving came in handy, when it is folded in half it fits our smaller table perfectly. To create a more romantic feel, a cheesy candlelit dinner was the way to go. I added in some dollar store candles/holders, set up small plates, fondue skewers and wine glasses. Preparation was very simple and the ambience was incredible. We had a great time talking, laughing and reconnecting as a couple. After the long week both of us had, it was nice to sit back and enjoy having my husband all to myself. Thank you so much for reading and I hope this recipe helps you all have an incredible stay in date night with your significant other! This fondue recipe takes about 20 minutes to make and it’s also a great appetizer for parties!
Spinach and Artichoke Fondue
- 3 oz Butterkase Cheese Shredded
- 3 oz Fontina Cheese Shredded
- 1 1/2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese Shredded
- 1 tsp Minced Garlic
- 1 tbsp Chopped Artichoke Hearts
- 1 3/4 cup Chopped Spinach
- 3/4 cup Vegetable Broth
- 1 tsp Cornstarch
- In an electric fondue pot, heat vegetable broth at 200 degrees. At the same time, mix all of the cheeses together with the corn starch.
- When bubbling, add spinach, artichoke hearts and garlic. Cook for 45 seconds- 1 minute.
- Add cheese into mixture slowly, whisking as cheese is added. Whisk until cheese mixture is nice and smooth. Switch fondue maker to the warm setting. This fondue pairs very well with nacho chips, apples, vegetables, and of course, bread.
- Sit back and enjoy!