German Cheese & Beer Fondue

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Lainey39

A delicious recipe from Rachael Ray.

Top Review by Mrs. Kmish

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!

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!

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