Cheese Fondue

This cheese fondue is gooey perfection made in literally minutes. It’s a showstopper dip to share, or not!

I love to dip soft slices of french bread into that cheesy goodness, but all the veggies are welcome to join the party. Enjoy this tasty bowl alongside these fabulous appetizers: Spinach Puffs, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers, and Teriyaki Chicken Wings.

Cheese fondue with cubed bread on the side

Deceivingly Simple, Deliciously Fun!

Did you know this cheese fondue dip is made in minutes. I may or may not be slightly obsessed with fondue. I mean I love cheese if that’s what you’re asking. But melty cheesy goodness smothered over everything?

Yes, please sign me up!

While I love living it up at local joints dedicated entirely to the worship of this dish, I don’t like their prices. That’s why I whip up an equally delectable bowl of it myself! It is not only cheaper, but oh so easy!

While I adore this mix of cheeses, it’s easy to shake things up if you are craving a different profile. How ever you slice the cheese, you are sure to fall in love with this cheesy bowl!

Cheeses combined in a bowl for cheese fondue recipe

How to Make Cheese Fondue

SLURRY. In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons cornstarch with 1 tablespoon vinegar and set the slurry aside.

TOSS. In a medium bowl add the cheeses and remaining cornstarch, toss and set aside. Add the 2/3 c vinegar to a skillet.

HEAT. Over medium heat, cook until bubbles form around sides of pan. Stir in the lemon juice. Reduce heat to medium-low.

CHEESE. Add only a handful of cheese mixture and stir in a figure-eight pattern until the cheese has melted. Add another handful of cheese and stir in the same manner. Repeat until all of the cheese has been added.

SEASON. Stir in the garlic powder, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce.

THICKEN. Gradually stir in the cornstarch mixture. Continue cooking and stirring until the mixture has thickened and is smooth. Keep warm.

SERVE. Serve with cubed french bread. Miniature smoked sausages, dill pickles and pretzels all taste great as well.

What to dip in Cheese Fondue?

Cubes of crusty bread are the most popular items to dip into cheese fondue, but there are so many other delicious things to dip such as:

  • Apples
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Little smokies
  • Soft or hard pretzels
  • Crackers & tortilla chips
  • Pickles like cornichons
  • Cooked baby potatoes
  • Steamed broccoli and cauliflower
How to make cheese fondue on the stovetop

Cheese Fondue Recipe Tips

Keep these in mind when making this yummy cheese fondue…

  • High Quality: It may be a bit more expensive to purchase a higher quality cheese, but the result will be well worth it.
  • Toss in cornstarch: Don’t skip this step. Tossing in cornstarch will help ensure that the cheese doesn’t get clumsy when it melts.
  • Vinegar? I don’t cook with wine and so to replace the acidity that wine would typically provide I use white wine vinegar. The vinegar is acidic and has all the same flavor characteristics.
  • Do not use pre shredded cheese. It has a different consistency that will affect the recipe. 
  • Stirring the cheese in slowly and consistently is important to produce a smooth fondue. 
  • Some other popular cheese for fondue include gouda fontina and brie. Cheddar can also be used in place of the Swiss.
Dipping cubed bread into cheese fondue

Heating and Storing

Keeping Fondue warm: The easiest way to keep fondue warm for dipping is to have a fondue pot. You can use either electric pots or a ceramic pot that are kept warm with a fire heat source. A small crock pot also works.

Storage: You can make the fondue a day in advance and keep it covered in the fridge. Leftovers can also be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days. 

To reheat: The best way to reheat the cheese is to use a double boiler because a double broiler won’t overheat or burn the cheese. You can also use a pan on the stove or even the microwave. Add a splash of milk and a bit of salt to help revive it. Heat the cheese slowly and stir constantly.

For more tasty appetizers, try:

Cheese Fondue Recipe

4 from 3 votes
This cheese fondue is gooey perfection made in literally minutes. It's a showstopper dip to share, or not!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 193 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp cornstarch divided
  • 1 tbsp + 2/3 c white wine vinegar divided
  • 1 1/2 c Gruyere cheese shredded
  • 1 1/2 c Swiss Cheese shredded
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons cornstarch with 1 tablespoon vinegar and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl add the cheeses and remaining cornstarch, toss and set aside.
  • Add the 2/3 c vinegar to a skillet. Over medium heat, cook until bubbles form around sides of pan. Stir in the lemon juice.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add only a handful of cheese mixture and stir in a figure-eight pattern until the cheese has melted. Add another handful of cheese and stir in the same manner. Repeat until all of the cheese has been added.
  • Stir in the garlic powder, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce. Gradually stir in the cornstarch mixture.
  • Continue cooking and stirring until the mixture has thickened and is smooth. Keep warm.
  • Serve with cubed french bread. Miniature smoked sausages, dill pickles and pretzels all taste great as well.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 2 stars
    We found it waaaay too vinegary and almost inedible. I would suggest white wine instead, or maybe like 1/4 cup maximum of the wine vinegar?