Nigella Lawson once wrote that cheese fondue "makes a fabulous supper: filling, gorgeous to eat, and conducive to good atmosphere and even better spirits." There isn't much more we could add to her description of this wonderful kind of dish — always fun to share with friends — except that cheeseless fondues can be just as tasty. Try these eight versions, offering unusual ingredients such as coconut milk, crab and raspberries.
1. Pizza Fondue
by Ilana Simon
Mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic, basil, oregano and diced tomatoes make this the fondue equivalent of a perfect slice of pizza. For real pizza flavor, serve with wedges of focaccia.
Per serving: 342 calories, 12g saturated fat, 8g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 22g protein, 702mg sodium
by Lou Seibert Pappas
This fondue recipe gets a kick with coriander, cumin, green chiles and hot pepper. Dip in crunchy raw veggies like bell pepper and jicama, along with cooked shrimp and tortilla chips.
Per serving: 345 calories, 16g saturated fat, 7g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 21g protein, 538mg sodium
by David Burke and Judith Choate
Turn fondue into a healthy meal with a pot of this herbaceous tomato sauce. You can serve it with hunks of toasted bread, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower and small sausages.
Per serving: 78 calories, 1g saturated fat, 8g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 2g protein, 203mg sodium
by Ilana Simon
This cheese-free fondue is another less-decadent version and an inventive vehicle for cooking chicken breasts. Chicken broth, coconut milk and Thai herbs and spices create a zingy broth to serve with chicken and vegetables. The leftover broth can be turned into a soup with rice noodles.
Per serving: 231 calories, 9g saturated fat, 5g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 26g protein, 890mg sodium