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A few simple changes turn classic Swiss fondue into a kid-friendly, fun family dinner!

Kid-Friendly Fondue. A few simple changes turn classic Swiss fondue into a kid-friendly, fun family dinner!

When I was little, I thought fondue must be for kids.

I couldn’t understand why those fun long forks with colorful plastic tips didn’t belong to my brother and me.

My parents did let me taste their fondue, once or twice; I remember dipping a slice of apple into the pot and feeling disappointed at the tang of wine and funky Gruyere.

Now that I’ve got kids of my own, I’ve taken on the task of creating an easy, kid-friendly version of fondue that everyone enjoys. And this is it! The flavor is rich and cheesy, with just a tiny bit of tang from sharp cheddar and lemon juice. The texture is smooth-as-honey, and the fondue stretches as high as little arms can reach.

Best of all, this recipe comes together with simple ingredients that you can pick up at any supermarket. So really, any night can be fondue night!

Kid-Friendly Fondue. A few simple changes turn classic Swiss fondue into a kid-friendly, fun family dinner!

Our Version

These are the simple changes we make to turn classic fondue into a kid-friendly dinner: we replace wine with chicken broth, and use a blend of Swiss and white cheddar cheeses to make this dip super-cheesy but not-too-strong.

Is our version an authentic Swiss recipe? Nope. Does it turn family dinner into an ooey-gooey, cheesy, love-our-veggies party? You bet.

In fact, fondue can sometimes entice reluctant veggie-eaters (like my daughter!) to eat greens, because it’s so easy to enjoy broccoli when it’s skewered and dunked into melty goodness.s

Kid-Friendly Fondue. A few simple changes turn classic Swiss fondue into a kid-friendly, fun family dinner!

The Dippers

While you’re preparing the fondue, set out a colorful variety of foods for dipping. The more different kinds of veggies and fruits you offer, the more likely your kids will find something that they love to blanket with cheese and gobble up. Try some of these:

Broccoli (blanched)

Cauliflower (blanched)

Apples

Green beans (blanched)

Carrots (raw or blanched)

Celery

Asparagus (blanched)

Potatoes (roasted or steamed)

Cubed chicken (cooked)

Whole grain bread

Here’s a tip that makes blanching veggies go super quickly: wash and chop your veggies and place them in separate bowls next to the stove. Then boil one pot of water, and blanch the veggies in batches in the same pot, for just one or two minutes apiece. Easy!

Kid-Friendly Fondue. A few simple changes turn classic Swiss fondue into a kid-friendly, fun family dinner!

Enjoy a family fondue night this week by adding this recipe to your weekly meal plan. And don’t forget the playful penalty for dropping your food into the pot: a smooch with your neighbor!

Kid-Friendly Fondue

A few simple changes turn classic Swiss fondue into a kid-friendly, fun family dinner!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Kid-Friendly Fondue
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 512kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 3 cup Swiss cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp, ground white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  • In a small, heavy-bottomed pot (cast-iron is best) bring the broth, lemon juice and  pressed garlic to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, place the cheeses into a large Ziploc bag along with the cornstarch, and shake until the cheeses are well-coated (this is a great task for kids!)
  • When the broth mixture begins to simmer, reduce the heat to low, and add handfuls of cheese, one at a time, whisking the fondue after each handful until the shreds are completely melted.
  • Once all the cheese is well-incorporated, remove the pot from the stove and stir in the pepper and paprika.
  • Serve immediately with vegetables, fruits and bread for dipping!
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Nutrition

Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 660mg | Sugar: 1g
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Hi Jennifer,
I’ve never tried this personally, but my gut says to stick to the stovetop for this one. The cheese has to be whisked continually to incorporate smoothly. If you wanted to prep this ahead, I recommend grating the cheese and shaking it up with the corn starch in advance. Then the whole thing comes together fast!

My kids love fondue! We buy the Swiss Knight version which is mild. Love the idea of using cubed chicken! We like to use mild sausages, boiled and de-skinned. Yumminess!!

Hi, would love to try this. Which Swiss cheese is the best though? Any specific type? Thank you

We cannot wait to make this as a family for Valentine’s day.
Couldd this be made in an electric fondue pot, then taken to the table to sit on warm?

Also… If using pre shredded cheeses, do you still do the cornstarch step? Or is that just to keep it from clumping?

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Tried this with my niece who is a vegetarian and a picky eater. She loved it! The only problem we had is that our fondue pit is the tea light kind and so the cheese congealed. That didn’t stop is from enjoying it! Is the recipe better suited for sterno or electric sets? Any tips on what might help it to stay saucy?

Glad you enjoyed it! As soon as your sauce starts to cool, it will become clumpy. An electric fondue pot will help you to better regulate the temperature and keep it nice and melty. If it’s clumping before you add it to your fondue pot, there are a number of other things that you can do to help keep it smooth. Melting over low heat, adding acid, not bringing it to a boil, etc. Good luck!