Bonaparte Fondue


Mixed with mushrooms and apple cider, this earthy and rich fondue will warm everyone right up. Serve with a sufficient quantity of blanched asparagus tips, bread cubes, and tiny new potatoes, cooked and halved for dipping.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup boiling water

  • ounce dried shiitake mushrooms

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 2 shallots, finely chopped

  • 1 (500 gram) package Bonaparte cheese, chilled

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 cup apple cider or light white wine

  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced

  • 1 pinch white sugar


  1. In a bowl, pour the boiling water over the dried mushrooms, cover and let sit for 30 minutes. Drain, reserving the soaking liquid. Chop the rehydrated mushrooms, return to the soaking liquid and set aside.

  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter and sweat the shallots for 5 minutes. Add the chopped mushrooms and their liquid. Bring to a boil and reduce until the liquid is almost completely evaporated. Add the cider and bring to a boil.

  3. In a bowl, toss the Bonaparte cheese with the corn starch. Add one third of the cheese to the saucepan and stir gently with a wooden spoon. Repeat with the remaining cheese, one-third at a time.

  4. Heat the mixture to just below boiling. It should be nice and smooth but not too thick. Remove from heat and stir in the minced garlic. Add a little sugar, if desired, to neutralize any bitterness.

  5. Serve in a fondue pot with the bread and vegetables for dipping.


It's easier to peel the cheese if the rind is firm. Place the whole cheese in the freezer for 90 minutes, then remove the rind with a sharp knife.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

576 Calories
46g Fat
25g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 576
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 31g 153%
Cholesterol 148mg 49%
Sodium 949mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 164mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.