Beer Cheese Fondue

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


about 3 cups

Updated: Mar. 14, 2023
This thick fondue originated in my kitchen when I didn't have all of the ingredients I needed to make the recipe I initially planned to prepare. Served with bread cubes, it has since become a staple, particularly while we watch football games on television. -Chrystie Wear, Greensboro, North Carolina


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons half-and-half cream


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Place bread cubes in a single layer on an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake until lightly crisp, 5-7 minutes, stirring twice.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add onion. Cook and stir until tender, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in beer. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Toss cheese with flour; stir into saucepan until melted. Stir in 2 tablespoons cream.
  3. Transfer to a small fondue pot or 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker. Keep warm; add additional cream if fondue thickens. Serve with toasted bread cubes.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup with 1-1/3 ounces bread: 261 calories, 13g fat (9g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 469mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.