Cheese Fondue with Fennel & Tomatoes

Cheese Fondue with Fennel & Tomatoes

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2016

The alpine cheeses in this healthy cheese fondue recipe by Laura Werlin are known for melting smoothly, which is key in a fondue. Adding vegetables brings texture and bonus nutrition, while complementing the buttery nuttiness of each cheese. To serve 12, plan to offer 6 cups of cut-up vegetables for dipping, such as steamed broccoli and cauliflower florets or strips of raw fennel and red bell pepper.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups diced fennel
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 (14 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained well
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 10 ounces Emmentaler or Swiss cheese, shredded (3½ cups)
  • 6 ounces Comté or Gruyère cheese, shredded (2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, gently crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1¼ cups light, fruity white wine, such as dry Riesling


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  1. Fill a fondue pot (or small slow cooker) with very hot water and set aside to warm.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add fennel and onion and cook, stirring often, until translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until any liquid evaporates, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine both cheeses, flour, fennel seeds and cayenne in a medium bowl.
  4. Heat wine in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Add the cheese mixture a handful at a time, stirring until melted before adding more. Remove from heat and stir in the vegetable mixture.
  5. Drain and dry the fondue pot (or slow cooker). Pour in the fondue and keep warm over a low flame (or on the warm setting) to serve. Stir in a teaspoon or two of flour if your fondue starts to separate.
  • Equipment: Fondue pot or small slow cooker

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ⅓ cup fondue each
  • Per serving: 202 calories; 13 g fat(7 g sat); 1 g fiber; 6 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 13 mcg folate; 37 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 536 IU vitamin A; 5 mg vitamin C; 346 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 175 mg sodium; 143 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (35% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ vegetable, 1½ high-fat meat, ½ fat

Reviews 2

June 08, 2019
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By: Kelly
Pretty good
June 23, 2017
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By: Sharmin Sampat
Really rich and cheesy fondue dip to have with veggies and bread!
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