Special thanks to Craigs Creamery for sponsoring this post!
Is there anything better in this life than cheese? I submit there is not. Cheese Fondue is basically a pure melted cheese sauce that you dip different veggies, apples, breads and meats into…also known as my love language. Today I’m sharing my recipe for a super basic cheese fondue, thanks to Craigs Creamery, that anyone can make from scratch. I have a few pointers to ensure fondue success, though if you’re the slightest bit proficient in the kitchen, you should be able to handle this recipe no problem.
To make cheese fondue:
- Be sure to either make the fondue on the stove and transfer to a special fondue pot OR make in a heavier pot that can hold its heat so you’re not running back to the stove to reheat again and again.
- Get all your dipping ingredients ready to go BEFORE you make the cheese fondue. It only takes about 5 minutes to make the cheese sauce total and just leaving it on the stove sitting over low heat for 15-20 minutes while you slice up a few veggies or apple slices will mean that sauce is more likely to break (get chunks in it and not be a super smooth sauce). Of course, re-heating it and whisking it through can help, as can a small squeeze of lemon juice, but after trying this recipe out three different times, this is how we got it to work the best!
- Make sure you use good quality white cheddar cheese! I used Sharp Cheddar from Craigs Creamery, Upstate New York’s new farm-to-table cheese brand—but you can find it in the grocery store! Founded by eight family-run dairy farms who are committed to delivering the best, freshest New York dairy, their cheese is crafted with high-quality milk, all-natural ingredients and no added hormones. It also doesn’t hurt that it tastes amazing! You will need to shred the cheese straight from the block. DO NOT use pre-shredded cheese as it has a powder coating on it to keep it from clumping in the bag which will hinder a completely smooth fondue sauce. Take the time to shred it yourself and you won’t be disappointed with the results!
Craigs Creamery cheeses are New York State Grown & Certified which verifies that all products are produced locally and responsibly. As a matter of fact, its cheese is produced with milk sourced directly from its family-run farms which are all within 20 miles or less of the creamery and cheese plant. How amazing is that? Every day, the cows are milked and within hours the milk is delivered to the creamery and turned into delicious cheese.
The Craigs Creamery new product line includes, cheeses, slices, shreds, chunks and snack bars, available at select Giant Landover, Stop & Shop and ShopRite retail stores located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.
Below, you can see the family fun we had this past weekend dipping all.the.things into our delicious, melty cheese! Scroll to the bottom of this post for the printable recipe card and extra directions 🙂 Have a great day, friends!
Cheese fondue is the perfect appetizer or easy dinner! Grab a few veggies or meats and get dipping!
- 15 oz Craigs Creamery Sharp Cheddar Cheese grated
- 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth or white wine
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice optional
- salt & pepper to taste
- items to dip: boiled potatoes, cooked chicken sausage, sliced apples, tomatoes, broccoli, crusty bread, pretzels, etc..
Grate cheddar cheese using a box grater and set aside.
In a small, heavy bottomed pot, bring chicken broth and cornstarch to a boil. Slowly whisk in grated cheese bit by bit until all of it has been incorporated and a thick, smooth sauce has formed.
Remove from heat and serve immediately with any desired dipping ingredients.
If you notice your fondue happens to be separating, try reheating while whisking.
If this doesn't seem to be doing anything, add in a little more cornstarch dissolved in a touch of cold water. Continue heating and mixing and this should correct it and bring it back to all its smooth and creamy glory.