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

Fondue is always a fun meal to share with friends. Make garlic and herb cheese fondue for your next party for everyone to enjoy.

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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.

Cheese fondue ingredients: stainless steel bowls with shredded cheddar cheese, pepper, minced garlic, and flour and a glass measuring cup with beer all on a wooden surface

Toss the cheese and flour together in a medium bowl.

Stainless steel bowls with shredded cheddar cheese mixed with flour, pepper, and minced garlic and a glass measuring cup with beer all on a wooden surface

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.

Stainless steel bowl with combined white sauce on a wooden surface

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.

Top down of a double boiler pan with beer and minced garlic on a wooden surface

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.

Top down of melted cheese in a double boiler pan on a wooden surface

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.

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 (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 15, 2017

Last Updated On: January 25, 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

Fondue is always a fun meal to share with friends. Make garlic and herb cheese fondue for your next party for everyone to enjoy.
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, fondue, garlic
Servings: 8
5 from 5 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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32 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!

    1. I love fondue because of that reason, it’s so fun to be able to dip all the things in cheese. We like to have family or friends over when we make it, since it can be such a social meal.

    1. We never made fondue when I was younger, but we had a chocolate fountain at my high school graduation party and my friends and I dipped everything we could in there!

    1. It’s a fun one to make together. The fondue isn’t too hard, but trying to get everything ready to dip in it takes longer so it’s helpful to have someone in the kitchen with you.

    1. We tend to only make it a few times per year since it takes a lot to prep all the dippers. But, the times we do make it, the whole family thoroughly enjoys dinner!

    1. There are so many varieties of cheese fondue, and I’m sure what you had in Switzerland was very different than this one. But you could use so many different types of cheese and find your favorite.

  2. Fondue is one of those foods I love but rarely eat. I’ll have to change that ASAP. I don’t think my youngest has ever had it. He would love it, too!

    1. Same here. The fondue isn’t hard, but prepping all of the dippers can be. My boys both love it since they like having things to dip their food in and this is a whole meal based on that concept!

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