Beer Cheese Fondue in Sourdough Round (Rarebit in a Hole)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is so GOOD!!! I originally got this recipe from a “Best of Bridge” cookbook. I’ve changed the recipe a bit and also expanded the recipe since the original only filled my bread-bowl about a quarter full. It’s so awesome and even reheats well (wrapped in foil in the oven), if you happen to have leftovers. *You can also optionally stir in bacon bits and finely chopped green onion before serving.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients except bread. Set aside.
  2. Hollow out the bread round leaving 1/2” sides. Cut pulled out bread into 1”cubes and also cut additional bread loaf into slices or cubes and put in a plastic bag until ready to serve.
  3. Fill bread-bowl with cheese mixture, wrap in foil and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.
  4. Place on a platter and serve with bread cubes and/or slices around the bread-bowl.


Most Helpful

Excellent. Made this last night and it was a hit! We added the bacon bits and it was great since we were short a fondue pot for our fondue party!

Julie1351 July 29, 2009

Very, Very yummy! Perfect for a cheese and chocolate fondue night! We didn't do the bread bowl thing, just put it straight into the fondue pot...wonderful!!

SecretIngredients February 14, 2009

I've made this the last couple of years for Christmas Eve, since it was just my boyfriend and myself. So yummy with a good white wine and filling and festive for a little holiday for two! This year the boyfriend is out of the picture, but my new roommate works at a very high end cheese store, so we're going to do the same with a really tasty raw-milk white cheddar. I'm also thinking about trying it with cream cheese subbed for the sour cream and add lots of green onions as I have in the past. I love to cook with beer!

mamashakesit December 16, 2008

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