White and stainless steel fondue pot on top of a white knit potholder filled with garlic and herb cheese fondue with a piece of broccoli being dipped in the cheese next to white bowls with carrots, broccoli, beef tips, and bread all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Garlic and Herb Cheese Fondue

I've never been to The Melting Pot, but I have their recipe book and make a pretty good cheese fondue at home! The kids enjoy this too, being able to dip their own food. It's a lot of work but well worth it.

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
  • Pretzels
  • Carrots
  • Almost any vegetable is good, raw or roasted
  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Chicken

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

If you have “dippers” that need to be cooked, I suggest doing those first. The cheese needs to be the last thing you prepare. It will taste much fresher this way.

Toss the cheese and flour together in a medium bowl.

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.

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 15, 2017

Last Updated On: January 10, 2020

White and stainless steel fondue pot on top of a white knit potholder filled with garlic and herb cheese fondue with a piece of broccoli being dipped in the cheese next to white bowls with carrots, broccoli, beef tips, and bread all on a wooden surface

Garlic and Herb Cheese Fondue

I’ve never been to The Melting Pot, but I have their recipe book and make a pretty good cheese fondue at home! The kids enjoy this too, being able to dip their own food. It’s a lot of work but well worth it.
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, fondue, garlic
Servings: 8
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

Cheese:
  • 2 3/4 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cheap beer
  • 4 tsp garlic (dried, minced)
  • 1 tsp pepper
Sauce:
  • 1 oz 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 (dried, minced)

Instructions

  • 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 then add the remaining cheese, a little at a time until it is all melted
  • Fold in the sauce and pepper

Notes

Don’t forget your dipping items. Some of our favorites are homemade bread, raw broccoli, sliced cooked sausage, tortellini, cooked steak tips, and cooked potato wedges.
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Nutrition Facts
Garlic and Herb Cheese Fondue
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cups)
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 256mg11%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 476IU10%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 289mg29%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 thoughts on “Garlic and Herb Cheese Fondue”

  1. I love cheese. But i’ve never eaten a cheese fondue before. I’ll try to follow your recipe and make mine. Thank you!

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