Remember fondue? It’s that social way of eating where you dip all sorts of nibbles and small bites in gooey melted cheese or decadent melted chocolate. You may not know this, but you can also enjoy fondue for dinner by dipping/cooking thinly sliced meats and par-cooked vegetables in either hot broth or oil. This means that you can make a full three-course meal (or even more) entirely out of fondue.
Aside from being downright delicious, it’s a fun, interactive way to eat with friends. If your heart yearns for that melted goodness, here are ideas and recipes for planning an old-school fondue party!
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When I throw a fondue party, I like to start off with the cheese course, in melted form of course. This traditional cheese fondue recipe combines Emmentaler and Gruyère cheeses which is a classic pairing for a rich, flavorful fondue. An expert tip: rub a clove of garlic cut in half around the inside of your cheese fondue pot to give a hint of garlic flavor without overpowering the whole thing.
Though it may sound strange if you haven’t tried it, beer and cheese is a flavor combination that hits it out of the park every time. This recipe for beer and cheese fondue is guaranteed to have your guests dipping and dunking all night (or at least until the cheese runs out). Mini soft pretzel bites make the perfect dipping companions for this sharp, savory cheese fondue!
If you’re from the South, we don’t need to explain pimento cheese to you, but for those who haven’t experienced its sharp and tangy ways, I’ll just say this stuff is the bomb! When melted down into creamy liquid perfection, pimento cheese becomes almost like a southwest queso cheese dip, perfect for dipping bell peppers, celery or crunchy corn chips.
This fondue recipe is a combination of swiss and cheddar cheese. It’s so easy and will come together in minutes! You will need butter, cornstarch, milk shredded cheddar cheese, and shredded swiss cheese. If you don’t have a fondue pot you can whip this dip together on the stove top and then transfer to a ceramic dish that will keep the cheesy goodness nice and warm!
Spinach and artichoke dip is one of the most sought-after restaurant appetizers! With that said, there’s no question that this spinach and artichoke fondue will be a crowd pleaser! For this recipe, you’ll need gruyere cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, flour, white cooking wine, baby spinach, and artichoke hearts. This fondue pairs wonderfully with french bread, raw broccoli, carrots, and even apples!
This cheesy fondue recipe is paired with delicious sauteed mushrooms. The fondue contains not only brie cheese but swiss and blue cheese too! It’s exploding in exciting flavors and pairs perfectly with crusted bread. This recipe also highly encourages that you enjoy this mushroom brie fondue with your favorite cabernet.
A delicious aged cheddar fondue gets an adult makeover! Add a dash of Guinness stout and experience a flavor you’ve never experienced before! This recipe lets you in on a few secrets that will help you achieve the perfect consistency when putting your fondue together! Some other amazing flavors you’ll experience in this fondue are garlic, apple juice, and Worcestershire sauce.
Blue cheese fondue and hot chicken wings are a match made in heaven! Throw together this appetizer and prepare to blow everyone away! All you’ll need for this recipe is crumbled blue cheese, cornstarch, dry white wine, low-fat milk, and fat-free cream cheese! This fondue may pair perfectly with chicken wings but also with bread, smoked sausage, and carrot and celery sticks too.
Experience the flavors of French onion soup is an ooey-gooey cheesy fondue! This fondue is made up of 3 different kinds of cheese; Fontina, Butterkase, and shredded Grand Cru Original. This recipe will provide you with a breakdown of how each cheese plays an important role in creating an unreal flavor. Lastly, these cheese’s are combined with savory caramelized onions that make this fondue unforgettable.
Olive Garden has many famous dishes and amongst those dishes is their Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta. This copycat recipe allows you to make your restaurant favorite at home and it might even save you a few dollars too! This creamy dish is full of Italian cheeses, sour cream and is served with a side of Italian bread.
If you follow a plant-based diet or have a dairy allergy/intolerance then this recipe has your name written all over it! However, even if you don’t need dairy-free recipes, you’ll love this too! This cheesy fondue gets a cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast. Further, the perfect texture is created by blending cashews. Lastly, it is seasoned with delicious ingredients such as white miso, white wine, and garlic.
This is another excellent dairy-free fondue option that will definitely be a hit! This cheesy fondue is infused with a pale ale that makes the flavor truly stand out. Along with beer, you’ll need nutmeg, white wine, garlic, dijon, sauerkraut brine, and a few other exciting ingredients. This fondue pairs well with a fresh baguette, vegan sausage, and roasted potatoes!
Butternut squash, nutritional yeast, and full-fat coconut milk come together to create an unforgettable creamy dairy-free cheesy fondue! First, you’ll need to roast the butternut squash in the oven. To do this, simply drizzle olive oil on the squash wedges and sprinkle with salt and sage. Later you’ll blend the squash with delicious seasonings in a food processor until it reaches the perfect creamy consistency!
Transform the flavors of delicious jalapeno poppers into an ooey-gooey fondue! This recipe can be made on the stovetop so don’t stress if you don’t have a fondue pot! The delicious flavors come from 4 different kinds of cheese, crumbled bacon, and chopped jalapeno poppers and will pair wonderfully with warm pretzel bread!
This creamy crab fondue is perfect for every seafood lover! The creamy base is made from cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon zest! Then, you’ll add in the other ingredients including the tender crab meat. You’ll want to make this on the stove top then transfer to the fondue pot after. Lastly, enjoy this fondue with day-old French or Italian bread!
Instead of whipping up a veggie tray with ranch dip, try making this cheddar ranch fondue! It’ll surely be a hit and is full of flavors that everyone loves! For this fondue, you’ll need white wine, Hidden Valley ranch salad dressing and seasonings mix, flour, cheddar cheese, butter, and tomatoes. Cook the fondue on the stove top and either serve immediately or transfer to a fondue pot!
Pizza is a crowd favorite so there is no question that a pizza fondue will be too! This fondue comes together incredibly fast and only requires 3 simple ingredients. These include 1 jar of Ragu pasta sauce, cream cheese, and mozzarella cheese. It serves well with bread, meatballs and any other pizza toppings that can be cut into bite-sized pieces!
Now that you’re full of melted cheesy goodness, let’s move onto the main course. A fondue main course traditionally consists of pieces of raw or par-cooked vegetables and sliced or cubed raw meats or seafood, all of which get cooked in either hot oil (real old school) or a flavorful broth. Having a sputtering pot of hot oil on your dinner table can be a little intimidating so if you’re nervous at all, opt for a broth version instead. This lemongrass fondue broth is perfect for putting a Thai twist on your fondue main course.
Your fondue cooking liquid can do wonders for imparting flavor into the vegetables and proteins you cook in it, and this roasted garlic fondue broth is anything but basic. Loaded with sweet roasted garlic flavor, this broth pairs perfectly with chicken and pork or seafood such as shrimp and scallops.
Yes, you read right, this is the classic French dish coq au vin (chicken with wine) in fondue form, how fancy! Imagine how impressed your dinner guests will be while they dip sliced chicken and cubed beef in this flavorful broth of red wine, chicken broth, onions, and mushrooms.
Finally, we’ve reached the point in the fondue dinner that everyone has been waiting for; THE CHOCOLATE. While it may look as simple as melted chocolate, there’s a little more required to keep things fluid. Some recipes add cream to the melted chocolate while others (like this one) add evaporated milk to make things smooth and extra creamy.
This chocolate fondue is made so quickly you’ll only need 5 minutes of your time and just 6 ingredients! This is also a vegan recipe which is perfect for plant-based dieters and those who have a dairy allergy or intolerance. You’ll need coconut cream, cocoa powder, semi-sweet chocolate chips, sugar, and vanilla. Blend all the ingredients in a blender and serve warm with your favorite dippers!
This festive fondue is perfect for any celebration! It will only take 15 minutes of your time and requires just 4 ingredients. These ingredients include white chocolate chips, white baking chocolate, heavy whipping cream, and champagne! It’s perfect for the holidays, for New Years, or any event worth celebrating! Serve with fresh strawberries and cubed pound cake!
While you’re grabbing a couple candy bars from the grocery checkout be sure to grab a couple Toblerone bars because you need to try this Toblerone fondue! Along with Toblerone bars, you’ll need heavy cream, espresso powder, and Amaretto liqueur. You can create this recipe on the stove-top or in a fondue pot and it’ll turn out great either way!
Enjoy campfire s’mores all year long with this fondue recipe! The base of this fondue is made up of creamy irresistible chocolate. That decadent chocolate layer is followed by jumbo marshmallows. Place the fondue in the oven and set the oven to broil until the marshmallows are golden brown. Lastly, dig in with graham crackers for an authentic S’mores experience!
Rich butterscotch is combined with creamy peanut to create a delicious fondue! In addition, this fondue only takes 1o minutes to create! Combine butterscotch chips with half and half cream, smooth peanut butter, vanilla and a dash of salt and melt the ingredients together on the stove top. Lastly, transfer the dreamy fondue to your fondue pot and enjoy with fresh fruit!
This slow cooker cream cheese glazed fondue is incredibly easy and delicious! You’ll also be provided with an easy 20-minute miniature cinnamon rolls on a stick recipe that pairs perfectly with the fondue. This decadent fondue is so sweet it will surely quench any sweet tooth craving!
Peanut butter and chocolate go together perfectly, in my opinion! Not only is this recipe insanely delicious but it’s dairy-free too! Instead of dairy cream use coconut cream and combine that with semi-sweet chocolate chips, creamy peanut butter, and a few other ingredients! Serve this warm fondue with angel food cake, brownies, pretzels or any dipper of your choice!
Fondue is all about the dipping, so you’re going to need plenty of dippers on hand when hosting a fondue party. The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing things, so you’re only really limited by your creativity, but here are a few of my personal favorites: with cheese fondue I like pieces of bread or torn up pieces of soft pretzels along with some veggies like steamed broccoli and carrots.
Furthermore, for the main course cubes of beef or thinly sliced chicken breast works well as do shrimp, scallops and even calamari rings. As for dessert, is there anything that doesn’t taste good dipped in chocolate?!
Having the right tools is key to hosting a fun and successful fondue party without any stress and pulling off a three-course fondue meal requires excellent organization. Let’s talk about the right tools for the job; for cheese fondue, a ceramic fondue pot is best, or if you don’t have one, pour your melted cheese mixture into a ceramic bowl or some sort of dish that will hold heat. The cheese may begin to firm up but if you eat it fast enough that won’t even be a problem!
For meat/seafood fondue, you’ll want a steel or cast iron pot which will allow you keep a constant flame on your oil or broth so that it stays hot enough to cook your food safely. For chocolate fondue, you’ll often see little warmers with a tea light under them and this is pretty much good enough to keep your chocolate in its creamy liquid form. A thick ceramic pot works well too, but avoid steel because it can easily burn your chocolate and turn it into a bitter, solidified mess. We’ll also include some great links to help get you started and prepared to host your own fondue party!
As discussed previously, ceramic fondue sets are perfect for melting and keeping chocolate and cheese’s warm! This adorable heart-shaped set comes with a fondue pot, heating base, 6 small dishes, 6 fondue forks, and a tealight. This set is the perfect size to serve 2 or 3 people!
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A cast iron fondue pot is great for almost every kind of fondue. It is known to maintain an even heat distribution and retention. You can heat your fondue using the base or you can put the cast iron pot on the stove and transfer to the heating base once your fondue is prepared! This set comes with the fondue pot, heating base, 7 stainless steel fondue forks, a wooden tray, and an adjustable flame burner.
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This stainless steel fondue pot would be perfect for heating up your broth or oil-based fondue! This is also an electric fondue maker that makes adjusting heat super easy! This fondue maker includes a base, bowl, temperature probe, and 8 fondue forks and fork rack.
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If you’re throwing a large fondue party and need additional accessories then this set of 12 fondue forks would be a great option for you! They’re made of stainless steel and have a heat-insulating handle. This would also be a great idea to have on hand if you’re choosing to make your fondue on the stovetop and serving in a ceramic pot instead of a fondue pot!
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You may be new to the wondrous ways of fondue and your guests may be too, so it’s a good idea to learn the basics of fondue etiquette ahead of time and even post them somewhere during your party so that everyone knows what to expect. Here are a few basic rules: start with the bread; this rule is pretty old school, traditionally you start with pieces of bread in your cheese fondue and afterward you can move on to dipping in vegetables, meats, and other tasty tidbits. Rule #2: don’t eat directly off your fondue fork; this is kind of like the double dipping rule. Instead, place your dipped piece of food on your plate and pick it up with your regular fork to eat it. Rule #3: don’t create cheese strings; after dipping, turn your piece of food around as many times as it takes for the drips to stop, this ensures there are no cheese strings stretched across the table. Rule #4: no hand dipping; this is simple enough, just use your fondue fork. Rule #5: if you drop a piece of food into the fondue (any kind) you must make a ‘pledge’ to your table. The pledge can be as simple as kissing someone at the table or having to run a lap outside but the table gets to decide what it is you have to do!
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