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Dipping a piece of french bread into a fondue pot of Ploughman's Fondue

Every family has their own unique traditions. We have several and most of our traditions, not surprisingly revolve around food. Food always brings our family together. One of our family traditions is to prepare Ploughman’s Fondue every Christmas Eve. We serve our fondue with a plate of smoked salmon, big bowls of chopped crusty French Bread, and roasted broccoli.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This Ploughman’s Fondue recipe is incredibly simple, super cheesy, and absolutely delicious!
  • I combine two cheeses; Sharp Cheddar with Red Leicester Cheese and they both melt so well!
  • It’s such a fun and fancy meal that’s easy to prepare and tastes great!

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions. 

  • Red Leicester cheese
  • Shard cheddar cheese
  • Flour
  • Dry mustard
  • Garlic
  • Beer

How To Make This Recipe

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cheeses together and add in the flour and dry mustard. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Rub the garlic clove around the inside of your fondue pot or saucepan. Pour 3/4 of the bottle of beer into the pot and bring to a simmer over a medium-low heat.

Pouring a beer into a fondue pot

3. Add the cheese, one handful at a time, stirring well and allowing it to melt before adding more. Continue to stir until all the cheese is melted.

A hand grabbing shredded cheese mixture to place into fondue pot

4. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly until the fondue looks smooth. Add a little extra beer if the cheese mixture is too thick. Keep warm until ready to serve.
5. Serve with cubes of crusty bread and/or steamed or roasted broccoli, cauliflower or carrots.

Dipping two pieces of french bread into a fondue pot of Ploughman's Fondue

Expert Tips

  • We like to use French Bread, smoked salmon, and broccoli for our fondue dippers. Apples, carrots, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, bacon, and pretzels are also great options.
  • I think a mild tasting beer, such as a wheat or amber type works best rather than anything too thick.
  • After all the cheese has melted, keep the fondue warm so it continues to stay the same consistency.

Serving Suggestions

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this fondue recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Dipping a piece of broccoli into a fondue pot of Ploughman's Fondue that is next to a bowl of pieces of french bread and a plate of broccoli florets

Enjoy!


Recipe

Ploughman’s Fondue

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Ploughman's Fondue is rich, creamy and wonderfully cheesy. A fun and fancy meal that's easy to prepare and tastes great! Serve with cubes of crusty french bread or roasted vegetables. It's perfect to serve at a party!

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound Red Leicester cheese, shredded
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced in half
  • 12 ounce bottle of beer

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, combine the cheeses together and add in the flour and dry mustard. Mix well and set aside.
  • Rub the garlic clove around the inside of your fondue pot or saucepan. Pour 3/4 of the bottle of beer into the pot and bring to a simmer over a medium-low heat.
  • Add the cheese, one handful at a time, stirring well and allowing it to melt before adding more. Continue to stir until all the cheese is melted.
  • Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly until the fondue looks smooth. Add a little extra beer if the cheese mixture is too thick. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  • Serve with cubes of crusty bread and/or steamed or roasted broccoli, cauliflower or carrots.
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2 Comments

  1. This would be such a fun tradition to start with my kids for Saturday night dinner!

    1. It really is a fun family dinner idea. The fondue cooks quickly and my kids take turns cutting up the bread and shredding the cheese. Everyone can have a job to do.