Get retro with fondue

Cajun Hot Pepper Cheese Fondue (Photo Provided)

When you think of fondue, you might think of retro parties, or restaurants that serve a delicious concoction of melted cheeses and wine that give you pretzels to dip in it. You might be me and think of that time you got a fondue pot for Christmas, and didn’t know what to do with it. Or you might still be me and remember that you had one, got rid of it, and now could try to use it again, and remember the tiny slow-cooker you got and never used (you can use it now!)

And that’s where “The New Fondue Pot” from Adams Media comes in. This collection of 100 recipes of hot and cold, dessert and savory fondues will make your next gathering (in the far flung future) or your next night-in even more fun. Because who doesn’t love dipping?

Classic cheese fondue recipes are included, but there are also new things to try, like Champagne Fondue or Cajun Hot Pepper Cheese Fondue if you like things spicy. And dessert fondues offer lots of temptations, like Raspberry Swirl Fondue or Pumpkin Cheesecake Fondue. During our Christmas Eve “party” (me, my husband and kids) we had appetizers for dinner and I made Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Fondue with graham cracker sticks to dip it in for dessert. And got to use the baby slow-cooker! I’m a huge fan of chocolate covered marshmallows so it was fun to get it in dippable form.

And, in case you want to try this at home for yourself, there are two recipes provided below, one sweet and one savory. Fondue pots are available on Amazon if you want to be cool. And you know you want to!

“The New Fondue Pot” is published by Adams Media and is $17.99.


Excerpted from The New Fondue Cookbook by Adams Media. Copyright ç 2020 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.


Serves 12

Beer, cheese, and spice–it’s a trifecta of deliciousness. This fondue isn’t for the faint of heart–or stomach. Make sure there’s plenty of bread available. Serve this fondue with crusty bread, tortilla chips, sausages, and vegetables for dipping.

S’mores fondue (Photo Provided)


2 cups beer

1 pound smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

8 ounces white Cheddar cheese, crumbled

8 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded

2 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed

1 medium yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 cup finely chopped green onion

1 /2 cup finely chopped parsley

1 small red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce

1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the beer. Add cheeses in four batches, stirring in a figure-eight motion until each batch is completely melted.

2. Add garlic, onions, parsley, and bell pepper to the mixture. Heat until bubbly.

3. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water. Stir until smooth. Add to cheese mixture.

4. Continue cooking and stirring 1-2 minutes. Add Tabasco. Stir.

5. Remove cheese mixture to a fondue pot. Place over the heat source set to low heat and serve.



Serves 3

Give us s’more of this fondue! The addition of evaporated milk turns this classic campfire favorite into a tasty fondue. This recipe yields just over 1 cup but can easily be doubled. In addition to the suggested marshmallows try dipping whole graham crackers in this delectable dip!


1 /2 cup evaporated milk

30 miniature marshmallows

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs

25 regular-sized marshmallows, or as needed

1. In a medium metal bowl, combine evaporated milk and miniature marshmallows and place bowl on top of a saucepan half filled with simmering water. Stir frequently over low heat, making sure mixture doesn’t come to a boil.

2. When marshmallows are melted, add chocolate chips. Melt chocolate over low to medium-low heat, stirring frequently and continuing to make sure mixture doesn’t boil.

3. When chocolate is melted, stir in graham cracker crumbs. Transfer the fondue mixture to the fondue pot and set over the heat source. Keep the fondue warm over low heat.

4. Serve with marshmallows for dipping.

S’more, Please!

A favorite snack of the Girl Scouts since the 1920s, s’mores are made by combining chocolate with graham crackers and marshmallows. The name “s’mores” is reputed to be a shortening of the phrase “give me some more.”


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