This beer cheese fondue board is one of my favorite fall appetizers! It's super easy to make and sure to be the star of any party spread!
What is Fondue?
Cheese fondue is a melted cheese dish that originated in Switzerland. It involves using sticks to dip pieces of food into a communal pot of hot, melty cheese. It's truly divine! Fondue is a great dish to share with friends or add to any party spread!
This beer cheese fondue is my take on the classic and uses dark beer instead of wine for an even richer flavor!
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Special Tools for Fondue
Fondue is extra fun if you use a special fondue pot and sticks, however you don't actually need any special tools!
But if you want to get a fondue pot, there are tons of fun options! Some are electric and you can fully cook the fondue from start to finish in the pot. Others are heated with a small candle and just keep the fondue warm, so it still has to be cooked on the stove first.
If you don't want to buy special tools, you can easily make this beer cheese fondue on the stove, and then just reheat occasionally as the fondue thickens.
You just need a handful of simple ingredients to make this creamy beer cheese fondue!
- Cheese - I love a combination of good white cheddar and gouda cheese, but you can also use Swiss, gruyere, or fontina! It's also important to use blocks of cheese that you shred yourself because pre-shredded cheese often doesn't melt as smoothly.
- Beer - I recommend using some type of amber ale for the beer cheese for optimal flavor! But you can use whatever beer is your favorite! I prefer Greenman ESB or New Belgium Fat Tire. But I've also used Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Yuengling, and other local brews and they all taste great!
- Cayenne Pepper - The cayenne adds a little kick to the beer cheese, but just reduce it or omit it completely for a less spicy fondue.
How to Make Beer Cheese Fondue
Grate the cheeses and add to a medium sized bowl.
Add the cornstarch to the cheese and toss to fully coat all the cheese.
In a large saucepan (or electric fondue pot), bring the beer and minced garlic to a simmer over medium-low heat.
Once simmering, add in the cheese and stir gently until fully melted and smooth.
Stir in the Dijon mustard and cayenne and mix until combined.
Transfer to a fondue pot and place on a board with all your desired dippers!
What to Dip in Fondue
They are so many fun things you can dip in this beer cheese fondue! Quite literally everything tastes better dipped in cheese, so the options are endless!
- Crusty bread slices
- Soft pretzels
- Veggies (broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc.)
- Fruit (apples, pears, etc.)
- Meat (cooked steak, sausage, deli meat, etc.)
Literally anything you could possibly want!
Yes! You can store this fondue in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheat on the stove!
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Beer Cheese Fondue
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 ounces gouda cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup beer
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- crusty bread, cubed
- broccoli florets
- apples, sliced
- the options are endless!
- Grate the cheeses and add to a medium sized bowl.
- Add the cornstarch to the cheese and toss to fully coat all the cheese.
- In a large saucepan (or electric fondue pot), bring the beer and minced garlic to a simmer over medium-low heat.
- Once simmering, add in the cheese and stir gently until fully melted and smooth.
- Stir in the Dijon mustard and cayenne and mix until combined.
- Transfer to a fondue pot and place on a board with all your desired dippers!
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