Cheese Fondue

Nothing like a bunch of people jockeying around a pot of molten cheese brandishing sharp implements impaled with food to get conversations and laughter started.


  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and split lengthwise
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 ½ Tbsp flour
  • ½ lb Emmanthaler, shredded
  • ½ lb Gruyere, shredded
  • ⅛ Appenzeller, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp kirsh
  • Sprinkling of ground nutmeg
  • Fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • French bread, cut into 1” cubes
  • Tart apple wedges


  • Fondue pot
  • Fondue forks
  • Platter for bread and apples
  • Wooden spoon


  1. Rub the inside of the fondue pot with garlic, then discard garlic.
  2. Pour wine into pot and simmer on stove top.
  3. Sprinkle flour over cheese and toss to coat.
  4. Keeping wine on low heat, add cheese a little at a time.
  5. Stir with wooden spoon after each addition until all the cheese is melted.
  6. Add kirsch and season with nutmeg and pepper.
  7. When ready to serve, remove from stove to lit chafer to maintain heat.
  8. Skewer bread cubes and apples and dunk into the cheese mixture.
  9. At the end you will develop a crust on the bottom, which is sought after.

What you should know

Make the effort to find and use the cheeses I have listed. The more you visit your local cheese shop the more you can learn. But, if you can’t find them, substitute swiss cheese of equal amounts.

Re: Cheese Fondue

We recently made this for a friend’s birthday party and everyone had a blast. Not only is the fondue delicious but it really is great fun. Previously I thought all you needed for fondue was to melt some cheese. I’m really glad I followed these directions. The difference was night and day.

Re: Cheese Fondue

By the way Champagne-Chambord Cocktail goes really well with the fondue.

Re: Cheese Fondue

What should l serve as a side dish if we are having the fondue as the main course? Salad is the only thing that come to mind, but there has to be something more interesting.

Re: Cheese Fondue

Side dishes are not really required for cheese fondue. The diversity comes from your choice of items to dip into the fondue. Vegetables, breads, and proteans can be served either in progressive courses or all at once.

Re: Cheese Fondue