One of the many wedding gifts we were given was a fondue pot and a fondue cookbook. The cookbook is called Dip Into Something Different and is full of the Melting Pot recipes and ideas, but we have only tried a few. Our favorite is the Garlic and Herb Cheese Fondue. I have never been to Melting Pot, but we have done fondue at home many times. The boys aren’t so sure about it, but we love it.
I don’t have a double-boiler, so just stack a smaller pot in my large stock pot to do a makeshift double boiler. It isn’t perfect, but it works! I recently purchased a double boiler, and it makes this even easier! But if you don’t have one, the double pan option still works too.
My only problem is it makes a lot of dishes, so I don’t do it very often because the clean up is not so fun. The actual fondue doesn’t use a lot of dishes, but it’s cooking everything else that goes with it as your dipping items. There are so many delicious things to dip in a cheese fondue.
Cheese Fondue dipper ideas:
- Raw broccoli
- Fresh homemade bread
- Cooked sausage
- Cooked steak tips
- Boiled potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
- Tortellini or ravioli
- Almost any vegetable is good, raw or roasted
Fondue is always fun because it can be so flexible. There are so many things you can use to dip in your fondue; it’s a crowd pleaser for sure! And even better, the leftovers from this are pretty good warmed up. I’ve reheated it the following day with some of our spare dippers. It wasn’t quite as good as it was fresh, but still yummy enough to be able to enjoy again.
Step by Step
Start by tossing the cheese and flour together in a medium bowl. I like to use one of my leftover containers because it has a lid that I can close to mix it without getting flour everywhere.
Use a double boiler to bring 2 inches of water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, while the water is heating, whisk all of the ingredients for the sauce together.
Reduce the heat of the double boiler to medium and pour in the beer. You want a cheap beer for this because they tend to add the most flavor. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
Add half of the cheese, stirring continuously, until it melts completely. Then slowly add in the rest of the cheese, making sure it is all melted.
Gently fold the cream cheese sauce into the cheese until they are combined and add a teaspoon of pepper.
Pour this into your fondue pot and keep it warm over low heat or a low flame, depending on your setup.
If you have dippers that need to be cooked, I suggest doing those first and have the cheese be the last thing you prepare. The cheese will taste much fresher this way.
Garlic and Herb Cheese Fondue
- 2 3/4 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cheap beer
- 4 tsp garlic (minced)
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/8 cup cream cheese (softened)
- 1 1/3 tbsp milk
- 2/3 tbsp sour cream
- 2/3 tbsp parsley (chopped)
- 2/3 tbsp chives
- 1/3 tbsp onion (minced)
- In a small bowl, toss the cheese with the flour
- Use a double boiler to bring 2 inches of water to boil over high heat
- Meanwhile, whisk all ingredients for the sauce together
- Reduce heat to medium and pour in beer
- Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly
- Add half of the cheese and cook until it melts
- Add remaining cheese, a little at a time, until it is all melted
- Fold in the sauce and pepper
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