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Beer Cheese Fondue

This thick fondue originated in my kitchen when I didn't have all of the ingredients I needed to make the recipe I initially planned to prepare. Served with bread cubes, it has since become a staple, particularly while we watch football games on television. -Chrystie Wear, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 cups


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons half-and-half cream


  • Place bread cubes in a single layer in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 450° for 5-7 minutes or until lightly crisp, stirring twice.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in beer. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Toss cheese and flour; stir into saucepan until melted. Stir in 2 tablespoons cream.
  • Transfer to a small fondue pot or 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker. Keep warm; add additional cream if fondue thickens. Serve with toasted bread cubes.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 261 calories, 13g fat (9g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 469mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • hbaseley
    Jan 1, 2017

    Thumbs up! We do fondue for New Years eve, but since several family members are not crazy about traditional cheese fondue, we tried this recipe. This was a hit with everyone and I thought it stayed smoother than other fondues I have made. I wasn't sure what kind of cheddar to use, so ended up using Boar's head Vermont Cheddar and I was very happy with it. We served it with toasted rye and french bread, lightly roasted mini peppers and mushrooms and broccoli.

  • jieastcott
    Dec 23, 2013

    Very yummy and easy to make. Have made it a few times and always a hit

  • mema220
    Feb 2, 2013

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  • midgetjls
    Jan 15, 2012

    Very tastey!!! Stuck with a mild cheddar so you can taste the beer!! :) good crowd pleaser!

  • roxywave22
    Oct 24, 2011

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  • Lynn M.
    Jul 16, 2011

    It took me awhile to get the temperature right for the fondue pot, but once that was done, this was a great hit! I warmed the bread for a few minutes, and then finished it when my guests arrived. Being warm made a big difference. When you are from Wisconsin, what better ingredients can you ask for..BEER AND CHEESE!!

  • mlbura
    Jun 10, 2011

    This is the best fondue I have made. I am not a fan of the traditional swiss fondue, so this one was great for us. Kids loved it too, this is a keeper! Thanks for the great recipe, it's fast and easy!

  • cotysweirdo
    Mar 10, 2011

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  • Julie Waters
    Feb 23, 2011

    I have made this twice already. Once at Christmas and for the super bowl. I served it with bread, green apples and carrots!

  • JessT2003
    Jan 26, 2011

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