Simple Appetizer Cheese Fondue in Crockpot
A fondue is so simple to make and homemade fondue is really flavorful. You can get instant packet mixes and just add milk or water to them or you can make your own with cheese, cherry liqueur, garlic and more. Fondue makes a great appetizer because it is warming and satisfying. It is also a lot of fun for everyone to eat out of one pot and a crockpot will keep your fondue recipe warm until every last bit is finished. If you do not have a fondue set, which is a pan sitting over a flame, a crockpot is the ideal solution. Since fondue is a rare treat, it might not make sense to buy a fondue set when a crockpot will do just as well.
As well as the crockpot and ingredients, you will need fondue tongs, although you can use regular forks if that is all you have. Since everyone is eating out of the same pot, it is good form to use the tong or fork to dip your bread or vegetables and put them on to your own plate, then use another fork to eat them so you are not putting a fork in your mouth then putting it back in the pot. You will also need bread for dipping and this is best in one inch cubes. Chopped vegetables are good to dip as well and this can be bell peppers, mushrooms, celery, or anything else you think of. Why not try pickled onions or chopped canned frankfurters for an unusual dipping idea?
The following recipe blends Cheddar, Emmental, and Gruyere cheeses, although you can use any three cheeses for this crockpot fondue recipe. The Cheddar gives it a sharp tang, then Emmental is a nice blending cheese, and the Gruyere gives a nutty, sweet flavor to the dish. Do not forget you can make a sweet fondue instead, if you prefer. For this, simply add 18 oz of semisweet chocolate chips and 16 oz of Half & Half to the slow cooker, as well as half a cup of corn syrup and let it all melt together then serve dipping marshmallows or fresh fruit on the side.
- 7 oz cubed Cheddar cheese
- 7 oz cubed Emmental cheese
- 7 oz cubed Gruyere cheese
- ¼ cup white wine
- Bread or vegetable crudités, to serve
- Put the cheese and wine in a 3 quart crockpot.
- If you want to use a large crockpot, it is best to double the ingredients.
- The pot needs to be half full, else the fondue might burn.
- Turn the slow cooker up to high and let the ingredients melt for about 40 minutes.
- Stir the fondue and turn the crockpot down to low.
- Cover it and keep cooking the fondue until you are ready to serve it.
- Take off the lid but leave the crockpot on low.
- Serve bread or vegetables for dipping.
Fondue is a rare dish because it can be served as an appetizer or as an entree, depending how much of it you make. You can even serve it for dessert if you use chocolate instead of cheese. This Swiss fondue appetizer recipe is especially good in the fall or winter and, as you can tell by looking at the photo, it is a prime example of comfort food. Fondue is ideal for anything from a family meal to a dinner party.
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