Cheese Fondue



  • 1/2 pound Swiss-style cheese such as Jarlsberg or Emmenthaler, shredded
  • 1/2 pound Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp flour or cornstarch (use cornstarch if cooking gluten-free)
  • 1 garlic clove, halved crosswise
  • 1 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp kirsch (cherry brandy)
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Assorted dipping foods such as cubed day-old French bread (skip for gluten-free version), cubed ham (skip for vegetarian option), blanched broccoli, carrots, or cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, chopped green bell peppers, peeled and chopped apples or pears

Fondue is a delicious way to dip apples! Recipe and photo reprinted by permission from

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  • Yield
    4 servings
  • Prep time
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  • Cuisine
    European, American
  • In Category
    Dinner, Appetizer,
  • Level


  1. Place the shredded cheese and cornstarch in a plastic freezer bag.
  2. Seal, shake to coat the cheese with flour or cornstarch. Set aside.
  3. Rub the inside of a 4-quart pot with the cut garlic, then discard.
  4. Add the wine and lemon juice to the pot, and bring to a low simmer on medium heat.
  5. Bit by bit, slowly stir the cheese into the wine. Stir constantly in a zig-zag pattern to prevent the cheese from seizing and balling up.
  6. Cook just until the cheese is melted and creamy. Do not let boil.
  7. Once the mixture is smooth, stir in kirsch, mustard and nutmeg.
  8. Transfer the cheese to a fondue serving pot, set over a low flame to keep warm. (If your pot is thin-bottomed, a lit candle will probably do. If thick-bottomed, you can use a small Sterno).
  9. Arrange various dipping foods around the fondue pot. (A lazy Suzan works great for this.)
  10. To eat, spear dipping foods with fondue forks or small forks. Dip to coat with the cheese, and eat.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 537
  • Fat Content: 34.3g
  • Cholesterol Content: 115mg
  • Sodium Content: 303mg
  • Carbohydrate Content: 8.3g
  • Fiber Content: .2g
  • Sugar Content: 1.6g
  • Protein Content: 32.8g