My family has had a tradition of having fondue of Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember–probably since fondue’s heyday in the 70’s! I remember when the American Girl doll Julie came out: when I saw her 70’s era fondue pot, I said, “Hey, we have the same one!” Ha ha. We gather on Christmas Day, but I would say that fondue is the high point of our holiday.
Although we have always eaten fondue at Christmas, one thing I’ve found great about it is that it is easy to adapt to specialized diets, including my husband’s low carb preferences.
Here is how to host your own Christmas Eve party and have a low carb Christmas feast.
Christmas Eve Fondue Party: A Low Carb Christmas Feast
We dip our main course items in cheese. There’s a legend that we’ve tried hot oil for cooking meat, but I don’t remember that. It sounds too scary around small children. Sometimes, someone will bring a marinade for the lactose intolerant, but the main feature is cheese. There are many good recipes online, but we just melt down a few blocks of farmhouse cheddar from Hickory Farms and thin it with some milk.
Here’s what we dip:
Carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower
Ham, steak, beef stick, turkey stick, brown and serve sausages
We serve pickles, olives, and breadsticks on the side and glasses of Clamato and some sort of red juice in fancy goblets for my father’s pre-dinner toast to the new members of the family.
After cheese, we go to church, and when we come back, it’s party time! The cheese fondue is a formal candlelit meal with china and crystal, but for chocolate we ring the room with chairs, invite some friends, play games, and eat on fun holiday paper plates. Our chocolate is just melted down chocolate chips; sometimes in recent years we have also used a chocolate fountain.
Bananas, apples, clementines, Asian pears, dried apricots
We refresh ourselves with eggnog and spiced coffee, and for breakfast Christmas morning, we eat all of our leftovers. I’m ready for Christmas now!
What are your special Christmas meal traditions?