Cheese fondue dippers

My favorite cheese fondue dippers are bread, kielbasa, and parboiled new potatoes, cut in half. I'd swap the potatoes for apples to add texture and freshness. If you use cured or precooked meat, you can actually avoid cooking anything except for the fondue itself. Win! You can make an excellent, memorable meal in minutes. 

With your favorite cheese fondue recipe and just three dippers, you can make a really wonderful comfort meal, especially good on cold nights. It's easy to make this a vegetarian meal, too--just don't use any meat dippers and everyone (except the vegans) will be happy. 

Oh, wait. Here's a vegan cheese fondue recipe. Boom. Everyone's happy.

vegetable dippers for cheese fondueSome steamed cauliflower, broccoli, and potatoes for cheese fondue.

Don't have a cheese fondue pot? Check out my tips on the cheese fondue page. We like our vintage enameled cast-iron Le Creuset fondue pot best for cheese fondue. Our electric, stainless Cuisinart fondue also makes a nice cheese fondue right at the table.


Cheese fondue dippers list

Hard breads, like:

  • French bread
  • Sourdough bread
  • Rye bread
  • Pumpernickel bread
  • Mini bagels
  • Bread sticks

Snacks, like: 

  • soft pretzels
  • hard pretzels
  • tortilla chips
  • Pringles, or other potato chips
  • Triscuits, or other snack crackers

Starches, like:

  • Pasta, esp. ravioli
  • Dumplings, esp. potstickers
  • Popcorn
  • Potatoes, esp. new potatoes, parboiled and cut

Vegetables, like:

  • Broccoli, roasted, parboiled, steamed, or raw
  • Mushrooms, roasted, parboiled, steamed, or raw
  • Carrots, roasted, parboiled, steamed, or raw
  • Asparagus, roasted, parboiled, steamed, or raw
  • Celery, raw
  • Leafy green, like kale, spinach, or bok choy, parboiled or lightly steamed and dried off
  • Raw cabbage (make a mini skewer with many layers stacked along a toothpick)
  • Butternut squash, roasted
  • Zucchini, roasted or raw
  • Green beans, blanched or raw

Fruit, like:

  • Red apples, cut in chunks
  • Green apples, cut in chunks
  • Pears, cut in chunks
  • Pineapple, cubed (canned or fresh, let it dry a bit first)
  • Seedless grapes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Dried figs
  • Dried apricots

Meat and proteins, like:

  • Mini meatballs (buy them frozen and cook them beforehand)
  • Bacon, cut each strip in half and fry to a crisp
  • Beef jerky
  • Smoked sausage or kielbasa
  • Cured meats, like pepperoni
  • Chicken fingers
  • Mini hot dogs
  • Candied walnuts

Other stuff:

  • Pickles, dill pickles or sweet gherkins (pat them dry with a paper towel first)
  • Pearl onions, pickled or blanched
  • Pieces of chocolate (dark chocolate and blue cheese is lovely)
  • Edible insects like crickets or mealworms

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