Beer and Cheese Fondue Dip

Beer and Cheese Fondue Dip Author: Canadian Living Credits: Beer and Cheese Fondue Dip

It doesn't get more retro than cheese fondue, and this twist on the classic Swiss recipe gets a hit of Calvados at the end. This dip is best served warm and bubbly, so it's worth rooting around in your basement to find that longhidden fondue set. Serve with blanched asparagus, broccoli, boiled potatoes or sliced apple. If you don't have Calvados on hand, you can make the fondue without it, but it kicks it up a notch.

  • Portion size 3 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2013


  • 1 clove garlic halved
  • 1 1/3 cup Weissbier
  • 225 g medium Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 170 g Gruyère cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 115 g cream cheese cubed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Calvados or brandy


Rub cut sides of garlic all over inside of fondue pot or heavy-bottomed saucepan. Pour in Weissbier; bring to simmer over medium heat.

In bowl, toss together Cheddar cheese, Gruy?re cheese, cornstarch and cayenne pepper. Using wooden spoon and stirring constantly, add to beer in 3 additions, stirring after each. Whisk in cream cheese and lemon juice until smooth. Stir in Calvados.

Place over medium-low heat of fondue burner, adjusting heat
as necessary to maintain low simmer and stirring often.

Change it up- Cheese Fondue Dip
: Substitute no-salt-added chicken broth for beer.

Tip from The Test Kitchen-? Weissbier is the German term for wheat beer. It's a pale, crisp, light style that's often bottled unfiltered. The yeast (or lees) in the bottle give it a slightly cloudy appearance and a rich, creamy flavour. It's mild and not bitter – perfect with the melted cheese.

Nutritional facts per 1 tbsp: about

  • Fibre 0 g
  • Sodium 49 mg
  • Sugars trace
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 46.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 11 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 1 g


  • Iron 1.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 7.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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