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Cheese Fondue Appetizer

Make this Cheese Fondue Appetizer for your next party!  Fondues are always a hit.

Hello friends, I’m so happy to have you here!  I’ve got something delicious and fun in store for you today.  Today is all about holiday appetizers!  I’ve joined together with a group of bloggers and we’re each sharing a delicious appetizer recipe that you can make this holiday season!  There are so many delicious and easy ideas here for you, so I hope you leave inspired and hungry!  Make sure to check out all the recipes at the bottom of this post.

For my recipe, I decided to share a Cheese Fondue.  I don’t know what it is about the holiday season, but when I think of parties, the first thing I think about are fondues!  Just the idea of dipping into a rich bowl of melted cheese on a cold winters night…it seems like food perfection.

Cheese Fondue Appetizer

I know for a lot of people making a fondue can seem overwhelming, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not. Especially if you are serving a cheese fondue on it’s own.  A full fondue party is definitely more work, but if you’re just serving a cheese fondue, it’s easy.  In fact, a cheese fondue is SO EASY, that it can be ready in about 15 minutes.  Yes.  Only 15 minutes.

Cheese Fondue Appetizer

To get you started I’m also sharing some tips and things you need to make your fondue.  If you don’t have a fondue pot, don’t worry, you can make this in a saucepan as well.

What you need for your Cheese Fondue:

  • Pots:  You can prepare your fondue in two ways:
    • Option #1: prepare and melt the cheese in a saucepan, then transfer the mixture to a simple fondue pot that uses a candle to keep the cheese melted.  OR
    • Option #2: use a ceramic fondue pot over a flame.  We use gel fuel pots as the heat source – you can find these at WalMart or any major grocery store.
  • Fondue Forks:  make sure you have at least 1 per person
  • Napkins, serving plates

This recipe will serve 4 people comfortably, but if you are serving more, you can easily double the recipe.  I hope you enjoy it!


Cheese Fondue Appetizer

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This recipe will serve 4 – 6 people.  If you are serving a larger crowd, this recipe is easily doubled.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 clove garlic cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 lb Gruyere and/or Emmentaler cheese. Shredded should make about 5 cups total.
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice about 1 lemon

Dippers for Cheese Fondue:

  • Chunks of fresh bread
  • Fresh Vegetables: grape tomatoes (broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms)
  • Roasted Vegetables: cauliflower (potatoes, peppers, onions, mushrooms)
  • Pickles
  • Charcuterie Meat


  1. There are 2 ways you can make this fondue.  One is to make it right in a fondue pot, or the other is to make the cheese in a saucepan then transfer it to a pot with a candle that will keep the cheese melted.
  2. To whichever method/pot you decide to use, rub the inside of the empty dish thoroughly with the cut garlic halves, then thrown them out.
  3. Pour the wine into the fondue pot or saucepan, and place over medium-low heat.
  4. When the wine starts to bubble, add the cheese by the handful, stirring until melted and combined.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with lemon juice until the cornstarch dissolves, then stir the mixture into the cheese mixture.
  6. Continue whisking the cheese mixture until it is smooth and bubbling slightly.
  7. Serve immediately with all your favourite fondue dippers!

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More Delicious Holiday Appetizer Ideas:

Make sure to check out these delicious recipes from my blogger friends!  Everything looks so delicious.

10 Delicious and Easy Holiday Appetizers

Goat Cheese Log by Barbara of Hodge:Podge
Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie by Christina of The DIY Mommy
Cheese Fondue Appetizer by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Festive Crostini with Cranberry Compote & Brie by Shauna of Satori Design for Living
Stuffed Mushrooms by Dannyelle of Life is a Party
Olive and Cream Cheese Dip by Beth Ann of The Hunted and Gathered
Loaded BLT Dip by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Cranberry Baked Brie by Jenn of Clean & Scentsible
Ritz Pizza Crackers by Shannon of AKA Design
Whipped Goat Cheese and Cranberry Jalapeno Crostini by Kristeena of Motherhood in Stilettos

Have a very merry delicious day! 

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  1. Haven’t met a cheese fondue I didn’t like!!! We got a fondue pot for Christmas last year and still haven’t pulled it out of the box. This will be the first recipe I try!