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Cheese Fondue Party

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Party appetizers, snacks and drinks on a holiday table.

This simple cheese fondue recipe is perfect for the holidays! It pairs well with a variety of cocktails. I’ll show you how easy it is to set up a cheese fondue party and offer your guests their favorite drinks with the press of a button!

Cheese fondue alongside dippers and a tropical cocktail.

INGREDIENTS FOR CHEESE FONDUE

Here’s what you’ll need for making a delicious cheese fondue!

  • Gouda cheese or Swiss cheese
  • Gruyere cheese
  • Cornstarch
  • Garlic cloves
  • Sauvignon Blanc (dry wine)
  • Lemon juice
  • Brandy
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • Chives
  • Fondue dippers: bread and veggies

MORE APPETIZER RECIPES FOR YOUR CHEESE FONDUE PARTY: Try these BAKED CHICKEN MEATBALLS. Guests will love these small-bite CUCUMBER SANDWICHES. Make an easy SMOKED GOUDA CHEESE BALL.

Ingredients for making cheese fondue laid out on a white rustic table.


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A holiday tablescape with appetizers, cheese fondue and a variety of beverages.

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Party appetizers, snacks and drinks on a holiday table.


CHEESE FONDUE RECIPE

Here’s how to make a delicious cheese fondue!

  • STEP 1: Shred the cheese. Add it to a bowl.
  • STEP 2: Sprinkle cornstarch on top. Toss well to coat all pieces.
  • STEP 3: Add wine and lemon juice to a heavy saucepan. Over medium heat, bring the liquid to a light simmer.
  • STEP 4: Lower heat. Add cheese to the pot, one handful at a time, while stirring. For a smooth fondue, melt cheese slowly. Be careful not to overcook.

Four images showing how to make cheese fondue step by step.

HOW TO MAKE CHEESE FONDUE

Continue following these easy step-by-step instructions:

  • STEP 1: Stir in the brandy and mustard. Remove from heat.
  • STEP 2: Add spices to taste.
  • STEP 3: In the interior of your fondue pot, rub a clove of garlic on the bottom and sides. Discard the garlic.
  • STEP 4: Add the cheese fondue to your special pot. Garnish with chives. Serve this appetizer with your favorite cheese fondue dippers!

Four images showing how to make cheese fondue step by step.

CHEESE FONDUE DIPPERS

There are so many delicious options for cheese fondue dippers! Here are some great ideas for what to serve with this creamy savory appetizer:

    • Cubes of rustic bread
    • Broccoli florets
    • Cauliflower florets
    • Strips of red bell pepper
    • Fingerling potatoes, cooked
    • Crispy FRIED OLIVES
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Asparagus tips
    • Button mushrooms
    • Breakfast sausage links, cooked and cubed

    Holiday party tablescape with appetizers and drinks.


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    Cocktails and appetizers on a party table.


    CHEESE FONDUE FAQ

    • HOW TO THIN OUT THICK FONDUE: Add a splash of lemon juice, or stir in a little more heated wine.
    • HOW TO THICKEN THIN FONDUE: Lower the heat and add in more shredded cheese that’s been tossed in cornstarch. It’s cornstarch that helps thicken the mixture!
    • HOW TO FIX LUMPY CHEESE FONDUE: Cheese becomes lumpy if it’s overcooked. Pour lumpy fondue through a mesh strainer.
    • HOW TO FIX GREASY (NOT LUMPY) CHEESE FONDUE: Sometimes fondue becomes overheated in the fondue pot. This can cause the cheese to split and become greasy. Re-emulsify the mixture by gradually mixing in a little in cornstarch and cold water (or lemon juice) while stirring until the fondue comes together.
    • CAN YOU MAKE FONDUE AHEAD OF TIME? Yes! You can make cheese fondue up to one day in advance and keep it refrigerated. Reheat over medium-low heat until it reaches a warm creamy consistency. If needed, use a bit of white wine to thin it out.

    Cheese Fondue served in a small Boska dish.

    EXPERT TIPS FOR CHEESE FONDUE

    Use these expert tips for making perfect cheese fondue!

    • BEST TYPES OF CHEESE FOR MAKING FONDUE: Use a 50/50 mix of firm cheese like Swiss or gruyere with buttery cheese(s) like gouda, cheddar or fontina.
    • HOW TO KEEP FONDUE WARM: As cheese fondue becomes cool it will start to harden. Prevent this by using a fondue pot that’s lit from beneath.
    • NO FONDUE POT? NO PROBLEM! Serve this appetizer in a small microwave-safe bowl. If the cheese needs reheating, microwave at 30 second intervals stirring after each session.
    • HOW TO MAKE FONDUE EVEN MORE SAVORY: Add chopped pieces of cooked crispy bacon, with fattier sections removed.
    • NO WINE? NO PROBLEM! Substitute chicken broth for the wine!

    Cheese fondue served in a white Boska Holland fondue pot with black base and tea candle.

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    Cheese fondue in a Boska fondue pot over a tea-light burner.

    Cheese Fondue Recipe


    • Author: Denay DeGuzman
    • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
    • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
    • Total Time: 15 Minutes
    • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

    Description

    Luscious, savory cheese fondue is a party favorite! This classic recipe comes together in just 15 minutes.


    Scale

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 pound Gouda cheese or Swiss cheese (good quality), shredded
    • 1/2 pound Gruyere cheese (good quality), shredded
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 12 garlic cloves, peeled
    • 1 cup Sauvignon Blanc (or another dry wine)
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon brandy
    • 1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard, or 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    • Garnish: chives, snipped into 1/2-inch pieces
    • Fondue dippers: veggies and rustic bread

    Instructions

    1. Add shredded cheese to a bowl. Sprinkle cornstarch on top. Toss well to coat all pieces.
    2. Add wine and lemon juice to a heavy saucepan. Over medium heat, bring liquid to a light simmer. Lower the heat. Add cheese, one handful at a time, while stirring. For a smooth fondue, melt cheese slowly. Be careful not to overcook.
    3. Stir in the brandy and mustard. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
    4. Rub a clove of garlic on the interior bottom and sides of your fondue pot. Discard the garlic. Pour the fondue into the pot. Garnish with chives. Serve with your favorite cheese fondue dippers!

    Notes

    EXPERT TIPS FOR CHEESE FONDUE

    • HOW TO KEEP FONDUE WARM: As cheese fondue becomes cool it will start to harden. Prevent this by using a fondue pot that’s lit from beneath.
    • HOW TO THIN OUT THICK FONDUE: Thin out thick fondue with a splash of lemon juice, or by stirring in a little more heated wine.
    • HOW TO THICKEN THIN FONDUE: Lower the heat and add in more shredded cheese that’s been tossed in cornstarch.
    • HOW TO FIX LUMPY CHEESE FONDUE: Cheese becomes lumpy if it’s overcooked. Pour lumpy fondue through a mesh strainer.
    • HOW TO FIX GREASY (NOT LUMPY) CHEESE FONDUE: Sometimes fondue becomes overheated in the fondue pot. This can cause the cheese to split and become greasy. Re-emulsify the mixture by gradually mixing in a little in cornstarch and cold water (or lemon juice) while stirring until the fondue comes together again.
    • CAN YOU MAKE FONDUE AHEAD OF TIME? Yes! You can make cheese fondue up to one day in advance and keep it refrigerated. Reheat over medium-low heat until it reaches a warm creamy consistency. If needed, use a bit of white wine to thin it out.
    • NO WINE? NO PROBLEM! Swap chicken broth for the wine!
    • CHEESE FONDUE DIPPERS: Cubes of rustic bread, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, strips of red bell pepper, cooked fingerling potatoes, crispy FRIED OLIVES, cherry tomatoes, asparagus tip, button mushrooms, cooked and cubed breakfast sausage links.
    • Category: Appetizers
    • Method: Stovetop
    • Cuisine: American

    Keywords: Classic Cheese Fondue, Easy Appetizer Recipe

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    This cheese fondue party is sponsored by Drinkworks® Home Bar by Keurig®. Content for 21+. Please enjoy responsibly.


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29 thoughts on “Cheese Fondue Party”

  1. I’ve only had a fondue party once, but in a restaurant, and it was so much fun. So knowing that it can be easily replicated at home is a nice.

  2. Mind if I just crash your party? I love fondue, although it’s been years since I’ve had any. As a matter of fact, the last time I had some was during the holidays! I think this is the year for fondue!

  3. Back in the day, in the 80s, every New Year we hosted a fondue party. We had 6-8 pots going with cheeses, broths, chocolates and people could walk around and eat from the pots. I hadn’t thought about that in years. Your post brought back happy memories.

  4. I love fondue parties! There’s so many different things that you can dip and cheese! My mouth is starting to water just thinking about it.

  5. Oh yes please. I just love cheese fondue. This looks incredible. I’ve never tried to make it on my own, but I really should.

  6. Such a lovely recipe. I’m so glad I stumbled onto this. I always wanted to try fondue. With your instructions it will be easy. Thanks!

  7. That looks good! Now that the cold has arrived here in Canada, recipes like this one are my favourite thing to warm my nights. Never thought about adding chives to a cheese fondue, will definitely try next time!

  8. I’m not a fan of fondue (I don’t like cheese), but my daughter would absolutely love it! I would love to have a Drinkworks machine!!!

  9. I never realized how easy it was to make fondue at home! Trying this asap! And that machine is amazing! Going to check it out!

  10. I haven’t made fondue in years even though my kids love it! I am going to send this recipe to my daughter. She loves to host holiday parties.

  11. I want to go to your house for a holiday party. I have not made fondue in many years but it seems like a great way to have a party and also with those perfect drinks.

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