The Best Swiss Cheese and Beer Fondue


Want to make friends? Serve fondue and enjoy the festive camaraderie that develops from dipping into and sharing a pot of warm, melted cheese. Traditionally made with white wine, this recipe uses beer for a robust-flavored taste. Celery and carrot slices and cauliflower florets are also delicious dipped into the creamy cheese mixture.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 servings


  • 8 ounces Emmentaler cheese, shredded

  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper, or to taste

  • 16 fluid ounces beer

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 baguette, sliced or torn into chunky 1-inch pieces


  1. Toss Emmentaler cheese, Gruyere cheese, cornstarch, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl.

  2. Pour beer into a heavy pot over medium-low heat; bring to a simmer until gently warmed, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir cheese mixture into simmering beer in small amounts, assuring each addition melts fully into the mixture and that the mixture has returned to a simmer before adding the next batch, 10 to 15 minutes total.

  4. Stir mustard into the cheese mixture and remove pot from heat. Taste fondue and adjust seasonings to taste. Pour fondue into a fondue dish. Serve with the baguette.

Cook's Notes:

Swiss fondue is traditionally made with Emmental, a nutty, buttery-tasting cow's milk cheese that is Switzerland's oldest and most important cheese. If a Swiss Emmental variety is not available, an American version is perfectly acceptable. Be sure to trim off the rind before grating the cheese.

A ceramic fondue dish is best for this dish. Look for one with a small heater underneath to keep the cheese mixture warm.

You may also preheat the fondue dish by filling it with hot water. Drain and dry the dish before pouring in the cheese mixture.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

564 Calories
25g Fat
49g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 564
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 1015mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 800mg 62%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 189mg 4%

* 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.