Originally published July 20, 2009. Updated on 9/9/2021
I'm always down for a traditional fondue - gruyere cheese, some white one, garlic - simple and elegant.
Sometimes I like to get a bit more chaotic with it, and go for a wildly different fondue.
Peppers, Onion, Sharp Cheese, and Beer give *this* fondue a TON of flavour.
It's a colourful, fun departure from traditional fondues!
What to Serve with Southwest Fondue
Bread is definitely the most traditional accompaniment for fondue.
I like to use bread that’s crusty on the outside and softer on the inside. The crust gives it a bit of heft, and the soft is a nice base for the cheese to stick to.
Try a baguette, Italian loaf, sourdough boule, etc.
Pita or naan can be another great option.
In Canada, the President’s Choice brand has mini Naan product for dipping.
Super cute, and works well for fondue!
Fruits & Vegetables
A variety of fruits and vegetables are great with fondue. Some are better raw, some better cooked, and some go either way!
Aside from potatoes, don’t cook the veggies til soft - you want a bit of crunch left!
Apples: Raw, sliced
Asparagus: Lightly cooked
Baby or Fingerling Potatoes: Roasted or boiled.
Broccoli: Raw or lightly steamed
Cauliflower: Raw or lightly steamed
Green beans: Lightly steamed
Pears: Raw, sliced
Not in the mood for such a formal service? Set it out with tortilla chips as a hot cheese dip!
Fritos also work great!
How to Make Southwest Fondue
Full recipe follows, here is a pictorial overview.
Put peppers, onion, and garlic, in food processor or blender, and let it rip till finely chopped.
Add beer and lime juice, continue cooking until it starts to simmer.
Add a good sized handful of cheese to the pot, and mix well till it is completely melted in.
Transfer to fondue pot if desired, and serve with cubes of bread, tortilla chips, blanched broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus, and slices of apples and pears.
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- 1 ½ lbs Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 2 tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Orange Bell Pepper
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper
- 1 Fresno Pepper
- 6 Garlic cloves
- 1 Small Onion
- 1 Cup Mexican Beer Like Corona
- 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
- In a large bowl, toss grated cheese with cornstarch. Set aside.
- Seed and chop peppers, peel and chop onions. Peel and press or mince the garlic.
- Put peppers, onion, and garlic, in food processor or blender, and let it rip till finely chopped.
- In a medium sized saucepan, cook pepper mixture in olive oil until vegetables soften and the resulting liquid has cooked out.
- Add beer and lime juice, continue cooking until it starts to simmer.
- Add a good sized handful of cheese to the pot, and mix well till it is completely melted in.
- Add another big handful, and repeat until all the cheese is added, completely melted, and smooth (aside from the pepper bits, of course!)
- Transfer to fondue pot if desired, and serve with cubes of bread, tortilla chips, blanched broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus, and slices of apples and pears.