Is there anything better than a cheese dip?  I think not!  One of my very favorite restaurants is The Melting Pot but we live nearly two hours from the closest one.  I also am always sad that the fondues I want to try inevitably have alcohol in them.  Recently we were having some family members over to watch a football game and I thought what could be better than having a fondue party?!  That way I could completely control what went into the dip and it would be a great way to use of a bunch of bits and pieces of fruits, vegetables and breads that I had around the house.  The kids really had a great time!

Instead of using any alcohol in my fondue I used Saffron Roads’ Artisan Roasted Chicken Broth.  I love the deep flavor in this broth and knew that it would complement the sharp and creamy cheese. There are so many holiday get events happening right now, I think this is a really great appetizer to put out and allow people to nibble on.  It also gets conversations going in a group who don’t know each other well.  It’s really very easy to make fondue and I can guarantee this will be a hit at your next party!

Fondue for Entertaining and My Favorite Things


  • 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
  • 1 lb. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 11/2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp good quality unsalted butter
  • 2-3 cups Saffron Road Artisan Chicken Broth
  • ground nutmeg (optional)
  • Ideas For Dipping
  • cut up apple segments
  • Butter or Club Crackers
  • crisp breadsticks
  • rye crackers
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • carrots
  • celery


  • On the stovetop, place a heavy bottomed pan and add 2 tsp butter.
  • Turn the heat to medium high and begin to stir in the flour.
  • Once the butter and flour combine (it will look a bit like play dough), slowly add the chicken broth.
  • Use a whisk to stir together the flour/butter mixture and the broth, removing any lumps that may have formed.
  • When the liquid is free of any lumps begin to add the cheese a small handful at a time.
  • Stir the mixture to allow the cheese to melt down.
  • When the cheese has been completely melted serve the fondue! You also could transfer the mixture to a crock pot to keep warm until you are ready to serve.

 Let the Dipping Begin!

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