Fondue — A Classic!

classic cheese fondue recipe

This fondue recipe is perfect for Angie’s Fiesta Friday #13 over at The Novice Gardener– not only is it a good party food, but its title appropriately starts with an ‘F’, which has been an ongoing theme for Angie’s posts.  This is a very easy recipe and is fun for adults and kids alike to eat.  Hope you can give it a try.

My husband wanted fondue for his birthday dinner a couple of weeks ago, and tradition in our family is the birthday boy or girl gets whatever dinner he or she wants. It had been years since I dug out that fondue pot with the color coded, metal spears. I had no idea if we had the blue gel fuel, but it was all there, hiding amongst the junk and kitchen knickknacks.

One thing that wasn’t there was the pre-packaged fondue cheese that I’ve used before. This was going to be made from scratch, and it was so worth it.

I found this combination of ingredients on Pinterest, where else?  Mrs. Lilien’s blog on Bloglovin had a very simple graphic to explain the ingredient combinations and how to get everything melted together in a beautiful, cheesy sauce that was perfect for dipping bread, fruit and veggies in.

This was seriously the most flavorful fondue I have ever had.  One of the keys was using good quality cheeses.  You can’t really skimp on this ingredient.  For this fondue I used Gruyère and Emmenthaler Swiss.  The wine and lemon juice and zest give the creamy cheese just the right balance of acidity.

If you have fond memories of fondue, like my husband, try this recipe.  Even if you don’t have the memories, why not start creating some for your own family?

What you need:

1 garlic clove

1 Cup of dry white wine

1 Tbs lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

1 bundle of fresh thyme

1 Cup shredded Gruyère cheese

1 Cup shredded swiss cheese

2 Tbs flour

fondue pot and skewers

Dipping ingredients — cubed baguette, apples, grapes, veggies, slices of cooked sausages


All you need to do is rub a clove of garlic in your fondue pot (I made mine in a sauce pan and transferred it to my fondue pot after it was ready), add the white wine, a bundle of fresh thyme and some lemon juice and lemon zest and bring it to a simmer.  Remove the thyme and melt in grated cheese that has been coated with flour and set aside earlier.  Add some cracked black pepper and it is ready for dipping whatever you have on hand.

This is some seriously good stuff and was so enjoyable to eat together as a family with a hands-on food.  This recipe would be perfect for a party, too.  It would stay warm and encourage some conversation among guests huddling around the fondue pot.

classic cheese fondue recipe

20 thoughts on “Fondue — A Classic!

  1. Pingback: (A Forager’s) Fiesta Friday #13 | The Novice Gardener

    • Thanks! I love this recipe because there is enough for everyone at a party to have a little bit 🙂

  2. This looks great, Angenette! I actually got a fondue pot as a wedding gift, but it hasn’t come out of the box as yet. I had just never found the right recipe, and this looks pretty right to me 🙂 I like the family rule that the birthday person gets to choose what to eat – we tried that in our house and it never seems to end well lol. Thanks for sharing this at FF!

    • Yes, give it a try! I’ve made another recipe before with just wine, garlic and cheese, but the lemon and zest is amazing in this one!

  3. That is a great point Angenette as my cheese sauce does not have the lemon in it. I will definitely have to try this as lemon adds such a nice flavor. I love the young hands waiting to dig in – fruit or bread?

  4. You’ve inspired me to host a fondue night! We are heading into winter in Australia so this would be just perfect for a night in. The combination of lemon, thyme, white wine and garlic sounds incredible! 🙂

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