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The Best Cheese Fondue

The Best Cheese Fondue is the perfect recipe for every gathering, date night, or special occasion.  This cheesy, creamy dish will leave taste buds happy.  

“Life is great.  Cheese makes it better.” – Avery Aames, The Long Quiche Goodbye 

I was trying to decide the next recipe to feature when I watched a movie that had a cheese fondue party.  Uh, yum!  

Of course, cheese fondue was the perfect dish to do next.  I write about cozy living, and you really can’t cozier than a nice fondue pot with lots of things to dip into it.  You can position your meal in front of a fireplace for extra points on living a remarkable life.  

Sometimes I think we forget how easy it is to add a few touches of magic here and there to our day.  Anything to do with cheese can turn an average day into a day worth remembering.  

Recently, my entire family went to Vermont in the fall.  One of our activities was to visit the Cabot Cheese company.  

There was a giant oval table in the center of one of the rooms.  You got in line with the other cheese-obsessed people and went around the table sampling the different types of cheese.  

First of all, Cabot Cheese is crazy good – but being able to sample all the flavors were pure heaven.  That was part of the trip none of us will forget.  

If you’re anything like me,  you love cheese.  You even dream about cheese.  

So why not make cheese a focal point for a special meal?  

What is Cheese Fondue?

It is a yummy combination of cheeses, wine, and seasonings heated until they turn into a melted cheesy dip.  You can find more about the definition here on Wikipedia.  

History of Cheese Fondue:  

It is thought that cheese fondue originated in 18th century Switzerland.  Because winter was so harsh and food was so hard to come by, farmers used what little they had to create a meal.  

They used leftover cheese, stale bread, and a little wine – the family gathered around the fireplace for a delicious meal.  If that isn’t a cozy lifestyle – I don’t know what is!  

Overhead view of fondue pot with cheese fondue and fondue forks resting on top with pieces of bread

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Overhead photo of fondue pot with cheese fondue and fondue forks resting on top with pieces of apple and bread. Scattered around is bread pieces, celery sticks, and apple slices

Here’s how you make The Best Cheese Fondue: 

Ingredients for Cheese Fondue Recipe   

4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided 

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon dry white wine, divided 

1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese 

1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese 

1 peeled garlic clove, halved 

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice 

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 

1/8 teaspoon dried oregano 

1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 

3-4 drops of hot sauce 

How to Make The Best Cheese Fondue:  

1) Combine 2 teaspoons cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of the wine in a small bowl.  Set aside.  

2) Combine remaining cornstarch with the cheeses.  Set aside.  

3) In a large saucepan, rub the sides with the cut sides of the garlic.  Discard the garlic cloves. 

4) Add the remaining wine to the large saucepan and heat over medium heat.  You want to cook it until bubbles form around sides of the pan.  

5) Stir in lemon juice. 

6) Reduce heat to medium-low.  Add a handful of the cheese mixture to the saucepan. Stir constantly, using the figure-eight hand motion until the cheese is almost melted completely.  

7) Continue adding the rest of the cheese, one handful at a time.  You want to allow the cheese to completely melt between additions.  

8) Once the cheese mixture has all been added, stir in the garlic powder, oregano, Worcestershire sauce and pepper sauce.  Stir in cornstarch mixture gradually to the pan.  

9) Stir and cook until mixture is smooth and thickened.  

10) Keep warm and serve with dippers.  

Printable Recipe for The Best Cheese Fondue Recipe: 

The Best Cheese Fondue

Cheese fondue pot with fondue forks with cubes of bread resting on top and wedges of cheese and pieces of bread scattered around it

Best Cheese Fondue is the perfect recipe for any gathering, date night, or special occasion. This cheesy, creamy dish will leave taste buds happy.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon dry white wine, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups Gruyere cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 peeled garlic clove, halved
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3-4 drops hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 teaspoons cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of the wine in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Combine remaining cornstarch with the cheeses. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, rub the sides with the cut side of the garlic. Discard the garlic cloves.
  4. Add the remaining wine to the large saucepan and heat over medium heat.  You want to cook it until bubbles form around sides of the pan.
  5. Stir in lemon juice.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low.  Add a handful of the cheese mixture to the saucepan. Stir constantly, using the figure-eight hand motion until the cheese is almost melted completely.  
  7. Continue adding the rest of the cheese, one handful at a time.  You want to allow the cheese to completely melt between additions.  
  8. Once the cheese mixture has all been added, stir in the garlic powder, oregano, Worcestershire sauce and pepper sauce.  Stir in cornstarch mixture gradually to the pan.
  9. Stir and cook until mixture is smooth and thickened.  
  10. Keep warm and serve with dippers.

Tips for Making The Best Cheese Fondue:

1) Make sure you use real lemon juice – it changes the flavor of the fondue if you don’t.  

2) You can substitute the Swiss cheese with white cheddar.  

3) Keep the fondue warm, otherwise it will solidify quickly.  Invest in a fondue pot like this one on Amazon.  

What to Dip in Cheese Fondue?

Cubed pieces of bread 

Miniature smoked sausages 

Meat like bite-sized pieces of steak, salami, cooked ham, and chicken bites will all taste better dipped in cheese.  

Pretzels 

Vegetables 

Crackers 

Cooked shrimp

Slices of apple

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