A Guide to Making Classic French Fondue

The traditional French fondue is an excellent accompaniment to any meal, as well as a great way to spend a cozy evening with friends. Though the recipe is not as complicated as it appears, mastering your fondue takes practice. In this guide, you’ll learn the basics of this classic recipe; the devil, as they say, is in the details.


For the Broth

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter

For the Cheese Fondue

  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • 2 cups grated Emmental cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup dry white wine


Preparing the Broth:

  1. Mince garlic and add to a medium-sized saucepan. Heat on medium-high for about a minute.
  2. Add white wine, chicken broth, cornstarch, salt, and pepper to the saucepan. Whisk until cornstarch is dissolved in the liquid.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer. Stir occasionaly.
  4. Once the broth has thickened, stir in 2 tablespoons of butter and remove from heat. Set aside.

Making the Cheese Fondue:

  1. Combine grated cheeses in a large bowl.
  2. In a seperate bowl, mix together flour, dry mustard, and nutmeg.
  3. Using a spoon, mix the flour mixture into the grated cheeses.
  4. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the white wine on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the cheese mixture to the wine and stir until thick and creamy. Reduce heat to low.
  6. Slowly add the pre-made broth to the cheese mixture and stir until completely combined. Serve immediately.

That’s all there is to it! Your homemade French Fondue is ready to enjoy. Serve with your favorite vegetables, bread, and meats. Bon appetit!