Melting Pot Wisconsin Cheddar Recipe: Cheese Fondue with Beer

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There’s nothing quite like the indulgent pleasure of a cheese fondue. The best ones are creamy, smooth, and packed with flavor. And if you’re a fan of the Melting Pot restaurant, you’ve probably fallen in love with their Wisconsin Cheddar recipe. Today, I’m going to guide you through a copycat version of the melting pot Wisconsin cheddar recipe. We’ll be making a cheese fondue with beer that’ll tantalize your taste buds!

Cheese fondue in a fondue set with various dippers around it.

The Love for Cheese Fondue

Let’s take a step back and appreciate the beauty of fondue. Fondue, a classic Swiss dish, has become a worldwide sensation. The word fondue is a derivative of the French verb ‘fondre,’ which means ‘to melt.’ It’s an apt description for the dish, as the main ingredient is melted cheese. But not just any cheese, we’re talking about good melting cheeses like gruyere, medium-aged cheddar and Emmentaler Swiss cheeses. These create the perfect cheddar fondue, with a smooth texture and a right balance of flavor.

The Melting Pot Wisconsin Cheddar Recipe

The Melting Pot Wisconsin Cheddar recipe is one of the most popular recipes from the restaurant. It’s a savory fondue that uses beer as its base. The beer flavor complements the cheddar cheese perfectly, creating a delicious fondue that’s hard to resist. And the best part? You can recreate this fondue at home easily! It’s a simple recipe that any home cook can master.

The Melting Pot restaurant's Wisconsin Cheddar fondue served in a fondue pot.

Different Cheeses for Different Tastes

When it comes to this recipe, quality cheese is crucial. You can experiment with different cheeses, but the classic choice for a cheddar cheese fondue recipe is, of course, sharp cheddar. If you’re a fan of milder flavors, try using a mix of medium cheddar and Emmentaler Swiss cheeses. The key is to find the right balance of flavor that suits your taste buds.

What Beer to Use?

mug of beer

For this melting pot cheddar cheese fondue, you’re going to need a beer base. You can use any lager beer, but a light beer like Bud Light or an American Craft Lager works best. These have a lower percent alcohol content and a milder flavor that doesn’t overpower the cheese. But if you prefer a stronger beer flavor, go for a beer with a higher alcohol content. The choice is yours!

Different types of beers in glasses and bottles.

Cooking the Fondue

Now, let’s get down to the cooking part. You can cook your fondue in a saucepan over medium heat or use an electric fondue pot or a slow cooker. If you’re using a saucepan, remember to keep the heat low to prevent the cheese from burning. A double boiler can also be used to ensure gentle heating.

Tips for a Perfect Fondue

Here’re some tips to ensure a perfect cheddar fondue. First, always add the cheese gradually. Start with one-third of the cheese, then once that’s melted, add half of the remaining cheese, and so on. This ensures a smooth fondue. Also, keep stirring in a whipping motion to prevent the cheese from clumping. Finally, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before you start cooking.

A hand stirring melted cheese in a Melting Pot Wisconsin Cheddar fondue pot.

Serving the Fondue

Now comes the fun part – serving the fondue! You can serve your cheesy fondue with a variety of dippers. Bread cubes, especially from artisan breads, are a classic choice. But don’t limit yourself – cherry tomatoes, green apples, or even tortilla chips make great dippers too. Fondue is a versatile dish, so feel free to get creative with your favorite dippers. Try our Easy Soft Pretzel Bites for something quick, these quick Cheese Twists, or Mom’s Famous Homemade Bread if you’re planning ahead.

Enjoying Your Homemade Fondue

There you have it – your very own copycat version of the melting pot Wisconsin cheddar recipe. Now all that’s left is to gather around the pot with your loved ones, dip, and enjoy. Fondue is not just about the food, it’s about the experience. Whether it’s your first time making fondue or you’re a seasoned pro, the joy of sharing a pot of delicious, hot cheese is a memory you’ll cherish forever.

Looking for more cheesy recipes? Try our Blackberry Brie Pizza or Cranberry Brie Mini Pies.

cheese fondue

Melting Pot Wisconsin Cheddar Fondue Recipe

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A delicious Melting Pot Wisconsin Cheddar Fondue! This cheesy delight is perfect for gatherings, parties, or a fun family dinner. Enjoy it with your favorite wine or a cold beer for a truly indulgent experience.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Wisconsin aged sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound Wisconsin mild cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into cubes

Instructions

  1. Grate the cheddar cheeses and set them aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the grated cheese and flour. Toss until the cheese is well coated.
  3. Heat a fondue pot or medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and allow it to melt.
  4. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute until it becomes fragrant.
  5. Pour in the white wine, stirring continuously until it starts to warm.
  6. Gradually add in the cheese-flour mixture, a handful at a time. Stir well after each addition.
  7. Once all the cheese has been added and melted, stir in the dry mustard powder, black pepper, nutmeg, and Worcestershire sauce. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  8. Reduce the heat to low and allow the fondue to simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Transfer your fondue to a fondue pot if it's not already in one and keep it warm over a low flame.
  10. If the fondue becomes too thick, you can thin it by adding a splash of wine.

Notes

If it's too thin, add more cheese. Adjust to your liking.Serve the fondue with cubes of French bread for dipping.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 600Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 900mgCarbohydrates: 30gNet Carbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 35g
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