Delicious and easy to make using only five ingredients, this beer cheese fondue recipe is perfect for any party! The beer gives this cheese dip rich and ultra-flavorful. Grab the fondue pot, cheesy breadsticks, apples, and veggies for dipping and serve a batch of this beer and cheddar cheese fondue recipe for your next party.
Tips on Making Beer Cheese Fondue
There are actually only two main ingredients for this beer cheese dip: beer and melting cheese. But we added broccoli, pimientos, and mustard for more flavor and texture. Here are more tips for making the best cheese and beer fondue:
- Use any melting cheese that you prefer. Other great choices are Gruyere, swiss cheese, Gouda, Emmental cheese, and mozzarella cheese. A combination of two or three of these will work, too.
- Rather than buying pre-shredded cheese, we recommend grating them yourself. Pre-shredded cheeses usually have cornstarch or flour coating so they won’t stick and clump up. Consequently, this causes them to be grainy when melted into a cheese sauce. Shredding them before melting gives the best texture.
- Use a beer that you like the taste of since it will be the main flavor of this beer cheese sauce. If you are not familiar and would need some advice on cooking with beer, we recommend using pilsner. Its bitter notes perfectly complement the salty and creamy taste of cheese.
- Add other delicious ingredients to the cheese fondue like grated garlic, onion powder, or chili powder if you fancy a spicy cheese dip.
- If the beer cheese fondue gets too thick, simply add milk or heavy cream to thin it out.
- For dippers, we recommend having a mix of sweet fruits like apples or grapes, bread like pretzels or croutons, and vegetables like carrots, celery, or olives. It’s best to have them cut into bite-sized pieces with skewers on the side for easier eating.
How To Make Beer-Cheese Fondue
An easy-to-make beer cheese fondue using cheddar cheese, beer, pimientos, mustard, and broccoli made in a saucepan. It’s the perfect dip for pretzels, fries, apples, and even burgers.
Heat up a pan on medium. Put the beer, cheese, pimientos, and ground mustard. Cook, stirring occasionally until melted.
Add in the broccoli and stir.
Pour the cheese sauce in a slow cooker on Low, in a fondue pot, or in a ramekin.
Serve with your choice of dippers and enjoy!
- Calcium: 418mg
- Calories: 240kcal
- Carbohydrates: 3g
- Cholesterol: 60mg
- Fat: 19g
- Fiber: 1g
- Iron: 1mg
- Monounsaturated Fat: 5g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
- Potassium: 125mg
- Protein: 15g
- Saturated Fat: 12g
- Sodium: 359mg
- Sugar: 1g
- Vitamin A: 863IU
- Vitamin C: 21mg
Frequently Asked Questions
What goes well with beer cheese?
Beer cheese goes well with meat like burger patty or boneless buffalo wings, bread like croutons or pretzels, cut-up vegetables like carrots and celery, and sweet fruits like grapes. We recommend having a little bit of everything so that there is an interesting variety of tastes and textures.
Why is my beer cheese fondue grainy?
A grainy beer cheese fondue could be caused by two things: using pre-shredded cheese and cooking the cheese sauce over high heat. Pre-shredded cheeses contain a starch coating to help them not stick together. But because of this, they don’t melt nicely. Cooking the cheese at a temperature that’s too high causes it to split and become oily and grainy. Make sure not to get the mixture too hot. When it is heated through, smooth and small bubbles appear, and that’s when it’s done.
Level up your cheese appetizers with this beer cheese fondue! It’s easy to make, customizable to your favorite kind of cheese, and goes well with a wide variety of dippers.
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