German Cheese & Beer Fondue

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

A delicious recipe from Rachael Ray.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 ounces smoked gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 5 ounces smoked swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, rounded
  • 1 12 cups german lager beer
  • 1 12 cups german lager beer
  • 2 tablespoons sharp hot mustard
  • 2 -3 drops hot sauce
  • 2 -3 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • For Dipping

  • 1 knockwurst (cubed or thickly sliced browned wursts, knock, brat or brot)
  • 1 head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • gherkin, drained
  • pickled onion, available on vegetable aisle
  • 1 small round loaf rye bread or 1 small pumpernickel bread or 1 small sourdough bread, cubed


  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat with 1 turn of the pan of vegetable oil. Once hot, add the chopped bacon and cook, stirring every now and then until crispy.
  2. Remove from the skillet, drain on a paper towel-lined plate and reserve.
  3. Bring 1 inch water to boil in a large skillet and add wursts or mini franks of choice.
  4. Boil 5 minutes, drain and brown in 1 tablespoon butter to crisp casings.
  5. Bring a second pan with a couple inches of water to a boil and blanch the cauliflower a minute or so and drain.
  6. Combine cheeses in a bowl with the flour.
  7. Add beer to a small pot and bring up to a bubble over medium heat.
  8. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the cheese in batches.
  9. Stir in a figure-eight pattern with wooden spoon.
  10. When all the cheese has been incorporated fully, stir in the mustard, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
  11. Transfer fondue to warm fondue pot and sprinkle the top with the reserved bacon.
  12. To serve, arrange the wursts, cauliflower, pickles, onions, cubed bread and smoked almonds around the fondue pot and dig in!


Most Helpful

This was delicious. Personal preference, I omitted the hot sauce and used regular-strength mustard instead of the hot and didn't use the bacon (which would be really good in it!). I will definitely add this to my fondue rotation! Not stringy at all, it was a great consistency. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. K'mish July 24, 2011

This is delicious! So quick and easy. I could not find a smoked swiss so I used regular and it was so good! I served this with chicken apple sausage which I thought went really nicely with the cheese and beer flavors. I also had cauliflower, french bread and apple slices. And I love the bacon on top! The mustard, hot sauce and worcestershire sauce gave it a nice kick! Yum!!

susie cooks June 03, 2008

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