Beer-Cheese Fondue: Take II

>> Friday, May 7, 2010

I'm going to take a step back from my work-week vegan diet for a moment and declare for all to read that the best way to eat bread is with GOBS of melted cheese. Whether it be pizza or garlic bread or fondue. You can't go wrong with any combination.

Now, this isn't the first time we've posted a fondue recipe. You may remember the first delicious taste of it back in January. We made an ever better version this past weekend, and we're just dying to share it with you! And what better time than on the weekend, right?

What you'll need . . .
  • A fondue pot.
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 3/4 cup beer (we used Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s Burning River pale ale)
  • 12 ounces mild cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons grainy mustard (or any kind except regular yellow mustard)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Ground black better to taste
  • Rosemary salt bread (if you aren't lucky to have a Wegmans nearby, any crusty bread will do), cut into cubes

Method . . .
  1. Put your beer in your fondue pot and heat (on stove) over medium-high heat. If you are using an electric pot or one that won't go on the stove, use a medium saucepan. You can transfer it to the fondue pot later.
  2. Whisk in the potato starch, mustard, horseradish, and garlic powder.
  3. Slowly stir in the cheese. Keep stirring until the mixture is thickened and bubbly. Season with black pepper. Add more of the other flavorings to your specific taste. We like ours extra horseradish-y.
  4. Place fondue pot on its stand and light your sterno.
  5. Savor all that bread-y, cheese-y goodness.

Now I have question for all the vegans (or other lactose-free peeps) out there: Do you know of a good vegan fondue recipe you could share with us? We certainly don't feast on cheese all the time . . . so we'd love your suggestions and recipes! Just leave a comment or email us at

Oh, and PS: I got my hair cut!!! This part is mostly for my mom (HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, MOM!), because I know she'll want to see it :)

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