Quick Crockpot Fondue

Experience the magic of melted Swiss cheese, elegantly combined with white wine and spices in this Quick Crockpot Fondue. It’s an irresistible treat to pair with pretzels, bread, or sausage and is ready in 25 minutes!

A pot filled with creamy fondue, served on a table.

Get ready for the ooey-gooey joy of dipping. It’s a pot of creamy, melted goodness just waiting for your favorite bites to take the plunge. It transforms Swiss cheese, white wine, and a hint of spices into a velvety, dreamy dip. It’s like a cheesy miracle melt-in-your-mouth experience. Experiment with various dippers – from chunks of crusty bread and crisp veggies to savory sausages and sweet fruits.

What is an Easy Crockpot Fondue?

The concept of fondue dates back to the 18th century and originated in Switzerland. It primarily means to use cheeses and hard bread during the winter months when fresh foods were scarce. The Swiss promoted this dish in the 1930s as a national dish through the Swiss Cheese Union, further popularizing it globally. The use of a crockpot or slow cooker for making fondue is a modern adaptation. It offers convenience and ease to the traditional method of melting cheese in a communal pot over a flame. This adaptation maintains the core essence of the traditional Swiss dish.

Easy Crockpot Fondue is a delightful and convenient way to enjoy the classic Swiss cheese fondue, especially popular during celebrations like New Year’s Eve. Once the melted cheese from the fondue has been enjoyed, the layer that forms and cooks into a crust at the bottom of the pot is known as a ‘religieuse’. This delightful crust is considered a treat and is typically savored at the end of the meal as a special reward for the table.

Reasons to Love This Fondue

  • Easy Crockpot Fondue is effortless to make, yet it feels like a gourmet indulgence.
  • Warm and gooey cheese provides a comforting and satisfying appetizer.
  • It makes every bite a delicious dip adventure.
  • Easy to moderate portion sizes, making it suitable for various appetites.
  • Creamy, melty Swiss cheese – need I say more?

Recipe Ingredients

A pot filled with fondue, with bread on top of it.
  • Dry White Wine (Chardonnay): Adds a rich, aromatic base and helps in melting the cheese smoothly.
  • Processed Swiss Cheese: The primary ingredient and provides the creamy and distinctive flavor of the fondue.
  • Garlic: Infuses a subtle, savory depth to the cheese mixture.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Offers a slight heat that enhances the overall flavor profile.
  • Ground White Pepper: Complements the cheese with its sharp, slightly hot taste, adding complexity to the fondue.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Incorporate Heavy Cream: For an even creamier texture, consider adding a splash of heavy cream to the fondue. This enhances the richness and smoothness of the cheese mixture.
  • Replace White Wine: Swap white wine with Apple Cider for a non-alcoholic option that will add a fruity tang to your fondue.

How to Make a Quick Crockpot Fondue

Step #1: Plug in a small slow cooker (such as a Crockette) and set it to the “warm” setting.

Step #2: Place the white wine, crushed garlic cloves, cayenne pepper, ground white pepper, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat. After five minutes, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Step #3: Meanwhile, place the processed Swiss cheese into the slow cooker and cover it with the lid.

Step #4: After the wine has been reduced for 10 minutes, pour it directly over the cheese in the crockpot. (You may want to remove the crock from the heating element before doing this to avoid spilling liquid over the electric parts.)

Step #5: Use a whisk to combine the cheese with the wine mixture. It may seem like it is not working at first, but it will soon come together. If there are still large chunks after a few minutes, turn the heat up to high and let it cook for 5-10 minutes, whisking until smooth.

Step #6: Serve with pretzels, pickles, sourdough or rye bread, or sausage.

A blue fondue pot filled with fondue, with bread being dipped into the pot.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some recommended accompaniments for dipping in Easy Crockpot Fondue?

Enjoy the cheese by dipping assorted accompaniments, such as bread cubes, cooked potatoes, sliced apples, pears, cornichons, pickled pearl onions, sausage slices, and salami, into the pot.

Can I make fondue without alcohol?

Yes, non-alcoholic white wine, apple cider or broth can be used as substitutes.

How do I know when the fondue is ready?

It’s ready when the cheese is fully melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Can I make this fondue in a regular pot?

Yes, you can make it in a regular saucepan and then transfer it to a fondue pot.

Storage Info

Store leftover fondue in an airtight container in the refrigerator; it will stay good for 3-5 days. Freezing is not recommended as it can alter the texture and consistency. To reheat, gently warm it in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly to avoid separation or burning. Stir in a small amount of wine or milk if needed to help restore the creamy texture. Avoid microwaving as it can heat unevenly and cause the cheese to become grainy.

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Quick Crockpot Fondue Recipe

Experience the magic of melted Swiss cheese, elegantly combined with white wine and spices in this Quick Crockpot Fondue. It's an irresistible treat to pair with pretzels, bread, or sausage and is ready in 25 minutes!
4.4 from 68 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: European
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 413kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups dry white wine - such as Chardonnay
  • 1.5 lbs processed Swiss cheese - shredded or finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic - peeled and crushed
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
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Instructions

  • Plug in a small slow cooker (such as a Crockette) and set it to the "warm" setting.
  • Place the white wine, crushed garlic cloves, cayenne pepper, ground white pepper, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat. After five minutes, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, place the processed Swiss cheese into the slow cooker and cover it with the lid.
  • After the wine has been reduced for 10 minutes, pour it directly over the cheese in the crockpot. (You may want to remove the crock from the heating element before doing this to avoid spilling liquid over the electric parts.)
  • Use a whisk to combine the cheese with the wine mixture. It may seem like it is not working at first, but it will soon come together. If there are still large chunks after a few minutes, turn the heat up to high and let it cook for 5-10 minutes, whisking until smooth.
  • Serve with pretzels, sourdough or rye bread, or sausage.

NOTES

Important NOTE: Make sure that you buy processed Swiss cheese instead of natural Swiss cheese for this recipe to work.
Storage Info:
Store leftover fondue in an airtight container in the refrigerator; it will stay good for 3-5 days. Freezing is not recommended as it can alter the texture and consistency. To reheat, gently warm it in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly to avoid separation or burning. Adding a small amount of wine or milk can help restore the creamy texture. Avoid microwaving as it can heat unevenly and cause the cheese to become grainy. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 738IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 769mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. 2 stars
    Followed directions to a tee…. and it… just… didn’t… taste… good. The problem may be that we’ve made traditional fondue in the actual pot with good quality cheeses previously, so we know what a good cheese fondue is. Or, it could be this recipe. Don’t know. Only reason I’m giving it two stars is because one person in our group liked it. Also, it took a LONG TIME for the cheese to fully melt.

  2. Yeah me!!! Another low sodium recipe!! And since I make my own breads, I got this! I can eat myself fat!
    Please explain to me the processed vs natural Swiss cheese. I assume the processed is the block cheese one buys that is kraft or similar brand? And not the yummy cheeses in the expensive displays? What is the difference if you can explain it for me.
    Thanks!!

    1. Hi Sherri,

      The processed Swiss cheese is soft, like a Kraft american cheese single slice of cheese or Velveeta cheese.

      – Linda

  3. I’m curious if I can make it and let it “sinmer” for a bit? Or once its melted, do you have to eat it right away?