Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue Recipe

It’s time to break out that fondue pot that has been sitting in your cupboard. You can try the CopyKat version of The Melting Pot’s Cheddar Cheese Fondue. The Melting Pot is a favorite place to enjoy dinner—a dark room, a nice bottle of wine, melted cheese, and hopefully you are with someone special. If you have never been to The Melting Pot, imagine a three-course meal with fondue for each course! Imagine cheese basking over your favorite breads, crisp green apples, and more.

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What makes this fondue so memorable? Sometimes enjoying dinner is especially fun when you get to use your hands. You must eat this dish in one sitting, as it doesn’t reheat well, nor does it do well if you make it in advance to eat later. So this is the fun type of dish you want to make on the spot.

This Melting Pot Cheddar cheese fondue is made with medium-aged cheddar and Emmentaler Swiss cheeses, lager beer, and garlic. You can serve it with lots of bread; I recommend pumpernickel, wheat, or sourdough. I also love this with green apples. You can be creative with this dish, so serve it with breads or vegetables that you enjoy.

If you do not wish to make this with beer, I cannot give you a suggestion for the beer other than a product like O’Doul’s or a near-beer with less than 3.2 percent alcohol. The beer flavor really adds a lot to this dish. Please do not serve this dish to people who do not drink alcohol. Alcohol really doesn’t fully cook out of the food.

If you enjoyed this Fondue recipe, check out my recipe for Melting Pot Chocolate Fondue.

While you don’t have to have a fondue pot to make this dish, a fondue pot is a prominent centerpiece for your table. And using an electric fondue pot is a breeze.

Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue

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pot of fondue from the melting pot

So enjoy one of my favorite romantic meals to share with someone.
serving up a dinner that has cheddar cheese fondue
While you don’t need this fondue pot to make fondue, making fondue with an electric fondue pot is a breeze.
Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker

Don’t miss out on this book by the Melting Pot restaurant, they serve up many of their special dishes in their book.
Dip Into Something Different: A Collection of Recipes from Our Fondue Pot to Yours

Melting Pot CopyKat Recipes

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Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Dips/Sauces
  • Prep time:15 minutes
  • Cook time:15 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue

You can make this famous Cheddar Cheese Fondue at home with this copycat recipe for the Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Coors Light beer
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 ounces medium-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 ounces Emmentaler Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Instructions

If you are using an electric fondue pot, turn it on to medium; otherwise use a double boiler to heat up this mixture. Place beer, garlic, dry mustard, and Worcestershire in the pot and combine well. Shred or cube the cheeses and toss with flour, coating the cheese well. (The flour will help thicken the sauce.) When the beer mixture is warm, add one-third of the cheese and whisk very well. Once the cheese has been incorporated well, add half of the remaining cheese and whisk in very well. Add the remaining cheese and whisk until nice and smooth.

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  • Christina Alexandra

    Has anyone doubled it?

    • stephaniemanley

      It works ok to double it.

  • Sherry

    I thought this was pretty close, but I found the mustard to be overpowering. I plan to cut the amount of mustard in half. Other tips/suggestions: let bread get slightly stale… cut in sluces and let sit for 10-15 minutes before cubing it. If you don’t have a fondue pot… a double boiler is great and keeps it hot on the table. As for the swiss cheese… could not find that high-end swiss… so we used finlandia deli slices… awesome. And Beer… well use whatever you have in the house… we had leftover Amberboch from when my mother-in-law visited!

  • Theresa Miller Teresi

    Can this be made in advance and reheated? If so would a crockpot work for reheating?

    • stephaniemanley

      So I don’t think this would reheat well, but this is my own personal opinion and I have no experience for this. I would prepare this in a double boiler, and then keep it on low in a crock pot. Fondues while not difficult, can be tricky to reheat.

  • Chris

    Would have been nice had you moved your fat fingers so I can see the setting you used and also told me what to turn it down to when it’s hot.

    • stephaniemanley

      That’s the best comment you could come up with? Weak sauce my friend.

  • stephaniemanley

    Thank you for your opinion.

  • Rachel

    Tried this and I don’t know if I did something wrong but it was honestly awful!

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Well, this isn’t descriptive, other than it being awful. What did you do? Did you use a fondue pot? Were you able to get the cheese to melt properly? Did you not like the beer?

      Not sure what happened that went wrong.

    • stephaniemanley

      Can you be more specific about what you didn’t like?

  • Melanie

    I just made this for the first time last night and doubled the ingredients. I needed a little more cheese, about a 1/2 cup more, and it turned out great!! My hubby and my mom loved it!!

    I used the fondue to make a chili con queso similar to a Mexican restaurant in Indianapolis. Next time, I’ll try less beer and add some broth because my son didn’t like the beer taste. Thanks for the recipe Stephanie!!

  • Andrew

    Psst. You left a TK in the instructions. ;-)
    –someone who knows what it means

  • chloe

    Has anyone use regular publix swiss cheese? The other kind is very expensive since it is imported.

  • MP Manager

    You got pretty close…I would be happy to share the real Melting Pot recipe for cheddar cheese if anyone is interested. Also, check into your local MP… many of them offer cooking classes and cookbooks so you can copy their recipes from home!

    • Danny Davis

      Hi I’d like the recipe if you’re still offering. Please let me know. Thank you

      • stephaniemanley

        The recipe is what is in blue.

    • Teromi

      I was actually hoping you could tell me what is used for the cooking oils in the vegetable platter (of the main course, that is).

    • Miami guy

      Please share any changes…

    • Sherry

      I am a major cheese fan, and I thought the Cheddar Cheese Fondue at the MP was awesome. I make a Beer Cheese soup, and although the flavor profile is different, it generally reminded me of that. Yummers. If you are still offering this recipe, I would so love to have it, it was awesome… in fact better than my entree (which was lobster!).

    • Native

      Would LOVE to have the recipe. Please…………….

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  • Huckette

    This is awesome w/ Sierra Nevada Pale Ale…

  • Trent

    Never tried it before, but it sounds good!

  • Kay

    I went to MP recently with a friend who is pregnant. She asked if they could substitute something for the alcohol (just to be on the safe side, though we knew it would probably cook out), and the waiter brought some type of broth. It was still delicious, and we could barely taste the difference. Apparently they do that for people a lot.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Thanks for that suggestion! I know a lot of people do not drink alcohol.

    • Chelsea

      When I went, the waiter said the alcohol does not cook out all the way. We had mentioned that I was nine months pregnant and he IMMEDIATELY took the cheese away from us and substituted Chicken Broth! It was good!

  • Emi

    Just made this and it turned out great! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • Andy

    Can you use a Crock Pot instead of fondue pot or stovetop?

    • Stephanie Manley

      I don’t think so, it may not set up properly, it needs to be hot enough to heat up the cheese.

      • dj

        I made this in a mini crock pot….I just put in all the ingredients and let it heat up and kept stirring it as the cheese started to melt – and it came out great!!

    • Native

      Yes, you can, in a small crock pot.

  • Eric

    The Melting Pot uses vegetable broth in place of beer for those that do not want alcohol. It is just as good as with the beer.

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  • Bubbles2556

    If I need to serve more than four is it really as simple as doubling all the ingredients or would you suggest something else?

  • Jjones1184

    Great recipe and although I typically love garlic, this was way too much. I would cut down by half.

  • smoothoperator

    try just like 1/4 of a can beer, tablespoon of minced garlic and maybe more if you like garlic and 6 ounces of mixed cheddar cheese. put it in a stainless steel pot just the beer and garlic let it simmer for a bit then add in the cheese gradually. as the cheese melt keep whipping with a fork and finish(:

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    • Tbone37

      Smooth….that is a cottage pie…made with beef…sheperd’s pie is made with lamb,

      But it looks delicious!!!

  • Samuelfritz

    What is the substitute for beer? I have tried stock but the flavor just isn’t right.

    • Anonymous

      Non alcoholic beer would be the only suggestion that I could offer.

  • Alicia

    I don’t think they use beer. As far as I know they use Chicken stop or wine

  • Alicia

    I don’t think they use beer. As far as I know they use Chicken stop or wine

    • Salohcin6254

      Nope they use beer go there it makes it taste very hood

    • Anonymous

      For this one, they do use beer, Coors light to be specific. I had some extensive conversations with the staff around this ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/kate.h.grayson Kate H. Grayson

        Actually, the type of beer they use is different depending on the region. In Pittsburgh they use Iron City, and in Reston, VA, they use PBR. :)

        • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

          Good to know. I couldn’t quite get the fascination for Coors.

  • Carl

    Hi Stephanie,I would just like to say i am so so jealous of your website, meaning it is fabulous,great content and so many recipes. Hope i can make one like this some day.Cheers!!

  • Kristin

    If you’re going to mention not serving this to folks who don’t drink alcohol because of a hidden ingredient, perhaps it would be appropriate to also mention not serving this to vegetarians since it contains Worcestershire sauce (and thus anchovies).

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Great point Kristin!

  • http://thekarels.blogspot.com Sonya

    I love the melting pot. It is my ALL TIME favorite restaurant!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Beth

      same here, By any chance do you have any of their other recipe’s?

      • stephaniemanley

        Some are coming out in book number 2 :)

  • http://www.recipesofshrimp.com Scott Hayes

    I love your site! Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue is one of my favorites.

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