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I associate fondue with the holiday season.  My husband and I have included a fondue dinner in our Christmas traditions since before we were married.  I love the hours sitting around the table eating, laughing, and being together.

Cheese fondue is my favorite course.  We enjoy it during Christmas and then again at New Years, then I deprive myself all year until the following December.  This is my favorite cheese fondue recipe because it is delicious, simple, and it doesn’t call for lots of fancy expensive cheeses.  I love the flavor of the swiss Emmentaler cheese and the sharp cheddar swirled together!

  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. flour
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 7 ounces Emmentaler cheese, grated
  • 14 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Favorite Dippers

  • French Bread, cubed
  • Cooked Sausage Links, sliced
  • Summer Sausage, sliced
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli
  • Granny Smith apples, sliced and cubed

The only warning I would give you with this recipe is be careful the fondue doesn’t get too hot.  If it does the cheese will get really stringy, still tasty but not as beautiful.  I like to use an electric fondue pot because it is much easier to regulate the temperature, but the old fashioned burner type works too, just watch the heat!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Simple Cheese Fondue

In the bowl of your fondue pot melt the butter.  Whisk in the flour until combined and slowly whisk in the wine.  Bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium low and stir in the grated cheese, a handful at a time, until all the cheese is mixed in and melted.

Stir in the Worcestershire, mustard and garlic.  Add freshly ground black pepper to taste.  Be careful to keep the fondue from getting too hot and boiling.

Serve immediately with dippers of your choice!