Whiskey Cheese Fondue

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We served this whiskey cheese fondue recipe at a little get-together to welcome home a friend we hadn't seen in a year, but this would be great St. Patrick's Day party meal. Set your fondue pot up in the middle of the table and everyone will come together to enjoy good food and friends.

So since we started working on this website two years ago, our Beer Cheese Fondue Recipe has been by far our most popular page. For a lot of you, Beer Cheese Fondue has been your introduction to The Tabletop Cook, and maybe tabletop cooking.

While we're grateful for all the traffic that page gets, it's always been a mystery to us. We don’t feel like we did anything very remarkable in preparing that recipe or writing it up, besides putting beer in melted cheese and eating it with bread and sausage. We're pretty ambitious, though, so if Beer Cheese Fondue is our most popular page, we wanted to make something you'd like even better. And what could be better than beer and cheese? 

Whiskey and cheese, y'all.

So here is our recipe for Whiskey Cheese fondue. I have high hopes for it because it was very popular with my friends when we served it. So popular, in fact, that we finished the first batch while we were waiting for the latecomers. Not wanting anyone to miss out, we immediately made the second batch--and ate that before the last person had arrived. By then, though, shame had kicked in and we were able to salvage the crust for her. The crust is the best part, anyway, if you don't count smoked sausage covered in melted cheese.

whiskey cheese fondue with smoked sausage dipperThe smoked sausage dipped in the whiskey cheese fondue was very easy to love.

Most of the whiskey cheese fondue recipes that I found online were variations on the same theme. I wanted to do something big and interesting. Whiskey pairs well with cheddar, but also Gruyere, so I decided to mod Epicurious' Gruyere Fondue with Caramelized Shallots. I also liked the addition of nutmeg, which is a traditional ingredient anyway, but with the whiskey is reminiscent of eggnog. You could make an easy cheese fondue by omitting the caramelized shallots, but I think they were pretty tasty and worth the extra trouble. 

The first whiskey cheese fondue we made was made with the Gruyere and the cheddar, per the recipe, and it was really wonderful. The second pot was made with what cheese we had left in the fridge, which was only cheddar, and I feel like it was not nearly as good as the Gruyere-cheddar mix. Get the Gruyere if you can.

whiskey cheese fondue recipe with baguette dipperWe served this fondue with chopped apples and pears, slices of baguette, and smoked sausage. We forgot to boil the new potatoes when the guests arrived and the wine started to flow.
This recipe was fun to make and just so delicious. Can't wait to do it again. St. Patrick's Day party, anyone?

Both our fondues ended up separating. I'm just letting you know so I can let you know how to avoid that: don't let the cheese get too hot. 

(Also, don't drink two glasses of wine before you start cooking, lose track of time, and finish making the fondue before your SO has chopped up any of the dippers.) 

(Pssst...If whiskey and cheese sounds good to you, you'll want to check our our whiskey chocolate fondue recipe, too!)

Because we left our very awesome enameled cast-iron fondue pot in the States when we moved to Taiwan, we were experimenting with making the fondue in a cast iron skillet on our gas burner. I could never get the heat low enough, though. In the future, I will use my Japanese donabe, which is a Japanese ceramic pot quite similar to the traditional ceramic Swiss fondue pot called a caquelon. You can see that our beer cheese fondue turned out very nice and creamy in our Le Creuset pot

A cheese fondue that is has separated and become oily and stringy cannot be restored to its original creamy state, but if you catch it immediately and drop the heat or add a little bit of cornstarch and wine, you might be able to keep it from turning into a total mess. Our whiskey cheese fondue started to get ugly, but there were six of us eating like it was a race, so it didn't have a chance to become yucky. It never stopped being delicious for a minute!


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Whiskey Cheese Fondue Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/4 cups minced shallots
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups (or more) dry white wine
  • Optional: a few tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 7-8 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 7-8 ounces aged Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • Nutmeg to taste

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in the fondue pot on the stove on medium heat. (Unless you are using an electric fondue pot or you have access to a tabletop gas burner, then you can do it all right on the table. We did!)
  2. Add the shallots and cook until soft, about three minutes. Then add the sugar and some salt and pepper. Turn the heat to low and let the shallots cook until caramelized, which will take at least 15 minutes. 
  3. When the shallots are done, scrape them into a bowl. Add the wine. Turn up the heat until the wine is boiling. 
  4. Mix the flour in with the cheeses. Turn the heat to low and add the cheese-flour mixture to to the pot in handfuls. Let each portion melt before adding more. Add more wine if the mixture seems to thick. 
  5. Stir half the shallots into the fondue with the nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the rest of the shallots over the top before putting the fondue on the table. 
  6. Take an Instagram picture to make everyone feel jelly that you're having fondue with friends.

Suggestions for dippers

  • Sourdough bread, cubed
  • Smoked sausage, sliced
  • Bacon, fried crispy
  • New potatoes, boiled and halved
  • Apples, cubed
  • Pears, cubed
  • Dried figs

Please look at our cheese fondue dippers page for more ideas!

Serving

  1. Put the fondue in the middle of the table within easy reach of everyone. 
  2. Plate the dippers so that everyone has easy access to a variety of them. 
  3. Give everyone a fondue fork and a plate. 
  4. Eat slowly, enjoying your wine, the whiskey cheese fondue, and your friends' company.
  5. When you get to the bottom, there should be a nice crust formed. Peel it off in pieces and share it with everyone. 

You might like these other tabletop-cooking recipes:

Beer Cheese Fondue Recipe

White Russian Fondue

Whiskey chocolate fondue

Mint Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Or check our full recipe index for even more ideas!


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