• Cheddar Fondue with Chives and Bacon

  • 1 12oz Bottle of Beer (I used an ale)
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 7 oz shredded hickory smoked edam cheese
  • 1 Tbsp chives (chopped)
  • 1 cup cooked chopped bacon (We always use the maple bacon just because we love the flavor it gives all our dishes)
  • salt and pepper to taste

  • White Cheese Fondue

  • 1 cup of White Wine (We used a Cherin Blanc)
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups shredded Italian mix cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

It took a while for my sister and I to decide on what to do first.  I wanted something simple, she as usual wanted to make 50 different things. We finally settled on two fondue cheeses.  I learned two things from this experience. 1-It’s going to take a lot of patience and a lot of paper towels to work with my sister. 2-I need to learn how to use a camera.

I just remembered another thing I learned, beer and garlic cooking smells amazing.

So here are the two fondue cheeses:

For the first one we decided to do a cheddar.  We used mild cheddar but of course you can use anything you’d like.  We wanted to add another cheese so we decided that Gouda would go best.  Instead we found a Hickory Smoked Edam Cheese and decided to try that.  I liked it, but Natalie didn’t.  We also used beer, garlic, chives, and bacon.  We love bacon. I just remembered another thing I learned, beer and garlic cooking smells amazing.  We will have to try to create another recipe with that.

The second cheese was simpler, and to most of the taste testers (our family) was the better of the two.  We started with a six cheese Italian blend and added Swiss.  In this one we only used white wine and garlic.

Without further adieu, here are the recipes:

Cheddar Fondue with Chives and Bacon
Cheddar Fondue with Chives and Bacon

Pour bottle of beer into a saucepan and add the garlic.  Start off at medium heat stirring continuously and adjusting temperature so that beer does not overflow.  We are just trying to cook the garlic a bit, so keep this up for 5 min.  And enjoy the smell, it smells amazing

Add the cheeses and stir until melted.

Add salt and pepper to taste and finally before serving add the chives and bacon

White Cheese Fondue
White Cheese Fondue

Pour the wine into a saucepan and add the garlic.  At about medium heat and keep stirring to cook the garlic for about 5 min. You don’t have to be as cautious here as with the beer

Add the cheeses and sir until melted

Add salt and pepper to taste and serve

We served our fondues with bread, carrots, broccoli, apples, pretzel sticks, tortilla chips, and bread sticks.  Everyone has their own preference, so play around, find what you like, and enjoy!