This Simple Cheese Fondue Recipe (without wine) comes together in just a few minutes! It is creamy and easy to dip. This alcohol free fondue is sure to be loved by kids and adults. Serve fondue as an appetizer anytime but it is also fun to serve for Valentine’s Day, Christmas Eve, New Years Eve or any other holiday party!
How to Make Simple Cheddar Cheese Fondue
If this is your first time making fondue I highly recommend using an electric fondue pot! These pots make the process of making fondue easier as well as keeping it warm while serving.
This recipe will be best in a fondue pot so that it can stay warm and melted while serving, however it can be made on the stove as well. In a fondue pot, over medium low heat cook garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth (vegetable or chicken stock can also be used) and bring to a simmer.
While waiting for the broth to simmer, toss cheese with flour to coat. Pre-shredded or freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese can be used. Once broth is simmering, slowly add shredded cheese and stir to melt. Be sure to stir constantly while the cheese is melting so the heat distributes evenly.
Once all cheese is melted adjust heat on the fondue pot to keep cheese warm but not too hot. If cheese becomes too hot it may burn on the bottom of the pot. Serve immediately with your favorite dippers.
Cheese fondue has so many options for what can be dipped in it! Here are some of our favorites:
- Cubed bread, from either a baguette, french bread or any other bread that you love.
- Pretzels, soft or hard
- Fruit- apples or berries
- Dried fruit
- Vegetables- raw or steamed such as broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, carrots, peppers
- Large pasta shapes
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Swap the flour for cornstarch, but only use half of the amount. Then, serve with fruit, vegetables and your favorite gluten free breads or pretzels.
I have not tested this recipe in a slow cooker but I think if you make it on the stove you could keep it warm in a slow cooker or crock pot for serving.
Yes! Let any leftover fondue cool and store in the refrigerator in an air tight container. Reheat in the microwave slowly or on the stove over low medium heat.
Some traditional recipes do use swiss cheese however that’s not the only option. This cheddar cheese fondue is sure to be loved by all.
Absolutely not! Replacing the wine with chicken broth does change the flavor slightly but not in a way that would really be noticed.
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- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 12 ounces chicken or vegetable broth
- 16 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons flour
- In a fondue pot, over medium/low heat cook garlic for 1-2 minutes.
- Add broth and bring to a simmer.
- While waiting for the broth to simmer, toss cheese with flour to coat.
- Once broth is simmering, slowly add cheese and stir to melt.
- Once all cheese is melted adjust heat on fondue pot to keep cheese warm but not too hot.
- Serve with apples, bread, pretzels, etc.
Fresh grated or pre-shredded cheddar cheese can be used!
To make this recipe gluten free use 1 tbsp of cornstarch instead of 2 tbsp of flour.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 484mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 23g