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Perfect Cheese Fondue and What to Dip in Fondue

Cheese fondue and all the sides you could want for a happy New Year’s Eve celebration! Pull out your skewers, because it’s time to dip all the things in cheese! This fondue is creamy and smooth and is a blend of 3 cheeses.

What does New Years Eve look like at your house? Do you have any food traditions? Cheese fondue has become a favorite NYE tradition of ours. It is so fun to put that big pot o’ cheese in the middle of a bunch of fun dipping choices!

What is your favorite thing to dip in cheese fondue? We are going to share all our favorite dippers as well as how easy it is to make this fondue.

A bowl of cheese fondue. It is smooth and cheesy and there are vegetables and bread around it for dipping.

What Ingredients Go in Cheese Fondue?

This ingredients list is short and simple! Grab these three cheeses and few things you probably already have, and you’re on your way to cheese town!

  • Fontina Cheese
  • Gruyere Cheese
  • Smoked Gouda
    • TIP: Buy all the cheeses in a block and shred it yourself. The pre-shredded cheeses are coated in additives that prevent them from melting together properly.
  • Corn Starch
  • Garlic
  • Chicken Broth
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Nutmeg

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post. And don’t forget to buy all the stuff for dipping too. See section below for our suggestions.

A bowl of cheese fondue with skewers of bread being dipped in the cheese. Fruit, bread meat and vegetables to dip are around the bowl.

How to Make Cheese Fondue?

  1. Mix all the grated cheeses with cornstarch and set aside.
  2. Slice a garlic clove in half and then rub the exposed side all over inside your fondue pot (or saucepan).
  3. Add the broth and vinegar to the pot over medium heat and bring it to a simmer.
  4. Add the cheese mixture to the pot one handful at a time and stir until melted.
  5. The mustard and nutmeg get added last. Stir them in until smooth.
  6. Serve with all your favorite accompaniments.

The steps for making this recipe can also be found in the recipe card below.

What to Dip in Cheese Fondue?

These are some of our favorite things to dip in fondue:

  • Cube Bread
  • Apple Slices
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Roasted New Potatoes
  • Raw or Steamed Broccoli or Cauliflower
  • Sausage
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels (we love the soft pretzel bites you can find at Costco)
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Ham slices
  • Meatballs
  • Chips
  • Seedless Grapes

Anything that sounds good with cheese will be great for dipping. Use your imagination and get what your family and guests love!

A skewer of bread that has been dipped in cheese fondue. the skewer is being held above the bowl of fondue.

Do You Have to Have a Fondue Pot to Make Fondue?

We do have a fondue pot that we love, but you don’t have to have one to enjoy this recipe. It works just fine in a saucepan over the stove. Just be sure to keep the heat medium to low so you don’t scorch the cheese.

How Do You Reheat Cheese Fondue?

Reheat on the stove top, in a double boiler, or in the microwave, adding a little liquid as needed.

Can You Freeze Cheese Fondue?

Cheese fondue can be frozen for up to 2 months. A little liquid needs to be added when reheating frozen fondue.

A bowl of cheese fondue with skewers of bread being dipped in. The fondue is surrounded by other things that are perfect for dipping, such as meat, fruit, bread and vegetables.

What Can You Substitute For Fontina Cheese?

Gruyère, provolone, gouda, or emmental are good substitutes for fontina cheese.  Mozzarella can be used in a pinch.

Try monterey jack cheese for a for Mexican spin. We also really like swiss. Choose the cheese combination that you love.

Can White Vinegar Be Substituted For Apple Cider Vinegar?

White vinegar can be substituted for apple cider vinegar, however, you may need to add just a splash of lemon juice for better flavor.

A bowl of smooth cheese fondue with skewers of bread being dipped in.

It’s not easy being cheesy…unless you’re this cheese fondue! It’s easy and dreamy! New Years Eve is a great occasion to do something special, and our family loves to celebrate by dipping everything we can get our hands on in this fondue!

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A skewer of bread that has been dipped in cheese fondue. the skewer is being held above the bowl of fondue.

Perfect Cheese Fondue - Kid Friendly

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Cheese fondue and all the sides you could want for a happy New Year's Eve celebration! This is enough cheese fondue for a 1-2 quart fondue pot. Please double for a 3qt pot.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Fontina Cheese grated
  • 2 Cups Gruyere Cheese grated
  • 2 Cups Smoked Gouda grated
  • 2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
  • 1 Clove Garlic sliced in half
  • 1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

Accompaniments

  • Cubed Bread
  • Apple Slices, Seedless Grapes
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Roasted New Potatoes
  • Raw or Steamed Broccoli or Cauliflower
  • Sausage, Sliced Ham
  • Crackers, Pretzels, Chips

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, coat the cheeses with cornstarch and set aside.
  • Rub the inside of your fondue pot all over with the garlic clove, throw away once done.
  • Over medium heat, add the broth and vinegar to a pot and bring to a simmer. Slowly add a handful of cheese in at a time, stirring as you do so that it gently melts in allowing for a smooth fondue.
  • Add the mustard and nutmeg and stir again. Serve with accompaniments

Notes

May be refrigerated overnight and reheated in a microwave oven, or on the stove over low heat.
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Cheese Fondue - Kid Friendly
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 650 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 31g194%
Cholesterol 189mg63%
Sodium 1223mg53%
Potassium 192mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 1264IU25%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 1243mg124%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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