This Melting Pot Swiss Cheese Fondue Recipe is a classic, easy-to-make fondue perfect for any party! It can be made in the Instant Pot and served with bread, apples, and other dippers of your choice.
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Melting Pot Swiss Cheese Fondue Recipe
Fondue is melted cheese in French. Basically, it’s melted cheese with some alcohol added for flavor, and it’s served with dippers like bread or fruit. Fondue is a great party food because it’s easy to make and everyone loves it!
Why I Love This Recipe
Do you love fondue? If so, this melting pot Swiss cheese fondue recipe is for you! This easy and delicious dish is the perfect appetizer for your next fondue party.
- Easy to make
- Always a hit at parties
- Perfect for picky eaters
- Fills the house with a delicious aroma
- Skip the wait at a fondue restaurant and make this at home
If you love cheese recipes like this one, then next time give this Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe a try.
This fondue recipe only requires a few simple ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store. After one quick trip to the grocery store, you will be ready to make this tasty appetizer.
- shredded Swiss cheese
- shredded Gouda cheese
- shredded Gruyere cheese
- white wine or rose wine
- water or chicken broth
- minced garlic
- fresh lemon juice
- ground nutmeg
- Dijon mustard
Cheese: If you can’t find Gruyere cheese, you can substitute it with another type of soft cheese, like Jarlsberg or Fontina cheeses.
Mustard: If you are not a fan of Dijon mustard, you can use another type of mustard. You can also use dry mustard in a pinch.
Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools
You only need a handful of kitchen tools to help you make this cheesy dip. Follow the instructions below and you will have a tasty dip in no time at all.
How to Make Melting Pot Swiss Cheese Fondue Recipe
Making this cheese fondue is super easy. Just follow the instructions below and you will have a tangy cheese dip in no time at all.
Step 1: Mix the cheese and cornstarch
Mix the cheeses with the corn starch.
Step 2: Turn the pressure cooker on saute and add wine, water, garlic, and lemon juice
Set your instant pot to sauté and add the wine, water, garlic, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
Step 3: Add the cheese and stir until melted
Once boiling, add the cheese and stir until melted.
Step 4: Add the nutmeg and mustard
Once melted add the nutmeg and mustard.
Step 5: Serve and enjoy
Dip your favorite veggies, apples, and bread in the instant pot.
Variations / Options / Add-Ins
Here are a few ways that you can change up this recipe to make it your own.
Add additional spices: If you want a little more flavor in your cheese dip, feel free to add additional spices. Some great options include cayenne pepper, chili powder, or paprika.
Make it creamier: If you want a creamier cheese fondue, you can add additional milk or cream to the recipe.
Add beer: If you want a little extra flavor, you can replace the water or chicken broth with beer. Just make sure that you use a light-colored beer so that it doesn’t affect the color of your cheese dip.
This cheesy goodness is great for dipping all sorts of things. This recipe will quickly become one of your favorite recipes for classic cheese fondue. Here are a few of my favorite dipping options:
- Bread cubes
- Apple slices – Granny smith apples are my favorite
- Carrot sticks
- Cauliflower florets
- Celery sticks
- Zucchini rounds
- Broccoli florets
- Pepperoni slices
- Seasonal vegetables
- Artisan breads
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make the best cheese fondue possible.
- Choose a good quality cheese: This recipe is only as good as the cheese that you use. I recommend using a mix of Gruyere, Swiss, and Gouda cheeses.
- Don’t forget the cornstarch: The cornstarch is important because it helps to thicken the cheese sauce and prevents it from separating.
- Wine: I recommend using white or rose wine for this recipe. If you don’t have any wine on hand, you can also use water or chicken broth.
- Stir often: It is important to stir the cheese often while it is melting. This will help to prevent it from scorching or burning on the bottom of the pot.
- Add a little more flavor with a sprinkle of black pepper.
- I prefer to grate cheese myself, so that will give you a great fondue.
- You can transfer the fondue to an electric fondue pot, or use your instant pot to keep this easy appetizer recipe warm. Make sure that you add this dip to a hot fondue pot instead of a cold one.
- You can also keep this simple recipe warm for family gatherings in a slow cooker or mini crock pot.
- I recommend using fresh lemon juice because it gives this cheese mixture a great flavor.
- If you don’t want to use wine, you can use extra chicken broth with a dash of apple cider vinegar for a nice tang.
Do you have questions about this traditional swiss fondue? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about this easy recipe.
Leftover cheese fondue can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just make sure to reheat it slowly so that the cheese doesn’t separate.
The best way to reheat this cheese fondue is slowly on the stove over low heat. You can also reheat it in the microwave, but be careful not to scorch the cheese.
If your cheese sauce is too thick, you can thin it out by adding milk or cream.
More Instant Pot Recipes
If you like Instant Pot, give these recipes a try:
- Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice
- Best Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Instant Pot Caramel Apple Bundt Cake
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Melting Pot Swiss Cheese Fondue
- Instant Pot
- Large spoon or wooden spoon
- Fondue forks or fondue dipper
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Gouda cheese
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese
- 6 tablespoons corn-starch
- 1 cup white or rose wine
- 1 cup water or chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- Mix the cheeses with the corn starch.
- Set your instant pot to sauté and add the wine, water, garlic, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, add the cheese and stir until melted.
- Once melted add the nutmeg and mustard.
- Dip your favorite veggies, apples, and bread in the instant pot.
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