You can make this Guinness and Cheddar cheese fondue recipe with a few simple ingredients. It is the perfect addition to a Friday night among friends or your next appetizer party. Warm and delicious!
It's A Party Appetizer
Guinness and Cheddar Fondue went over really well at a party!! Every year one of the guys on my floor hosts a great Christmas party. It's a great time because he also invites other people from other departments that we don't see on a regular basis. Everyone brings something to share. So, every year my husband and I try to bring an Ethnic Spoon recipe. This year, however, we decided to come up with a recipe just for the party. Two summers ago we were in Ireland, many of the pubs had a similar dish as part of their fare. I enjoyed it very much. It wasn't really that hard to replicate.
The Irish Twist on Fondue
Fondue is one of those things that is festive and usually goes over well at a party. Another reason for choosing to make this dish: my university has a small campus in Dungarvan, Ireland. Every semester a group of professors and students descend on this quaint Irish town for a semester of Irish culture, yes, academics included! In some way shape or form, Guinness is always part of the picture, given fun times at the pubs. They do work and study hard, don't get me wrong! Many of the attendees at the party have spent a semester in Dungarvan at least once.
Guinness has certainly been around the block. According to their website, in 1909 Sir Douglas Mawson, the Australian geologist/explorer, left some Guinness behind at his base camp; it was later found in 1927. Unclear is whether the person who found it actually drank it. Today Guinness is brewed in about 49 countries and sold in almost 150 countries. Trivia: Where in the world is Guinness as popular as it is in Ireland? Nigeria!
Anyhow, the Guinness cheddar fondue went over very well. Out of the corner of my eye I saw people scraping every last bit of cheesy goodness from the bottom of the pot. I am serious when I say that I almost didn't have to wash the pot!
Guinness cheddar fondue step by step:
- Gather your ingredients: cheddar cheese, flour, nutmeg, allspice, cayenne, Worcestershire sauce, butter, Dijon mustard and 14.9 oz Guinness. Pretty simple huh?
- In a large mixing bowl add the flour and spices.
- Stir the flour and spices to coat the cheese.
- Place your fondue pot on the stove on medium heat. Add the butter and pour in the Guinness. Once the butter is melted stir in the Dijon mustard.
- Add the cheese slowly in ¼ cup batches then whisk to combine until fully integrated and melted. Continue until all the cheese is added.
- Continue to whisk the cheese until it is hot and bubbling. Take this to your table with the fondue stand and enjoy!
If you want to explore more Irish recipe that I love to make at home, here are a few more to try or bookmark for later.
Dublin Coddle: is a hearty Irish stew made with bangers (Irish sausages), and vegetables. Irish butter cookies are favorite melt in your mouth shortbread cookie recipe that does call for Irish butter, no substitutes. If you want to make a hearty meal for your family then you have to try Guinness beef stew. Serve this heart dish with Irish soda bread or a sweeter version, Irish brown bread.
Guinness and Cheddar Fondue Recipe Card
How about a nice gooey cheese fondue with Guinness! This hot bubbling dish even has a little cayenne kick. Serve this as a side dish, party appetizer dip or may family has sat down and had this for dinner with a nice side salad, dip in some apple slices too! So good!
- In a large bowl place cheddar cheese. Add in the flour, nutmeg, allspice, and cayenne. Mix well to coat the cheese.
Place your fondue pot on the stove on medium heat. Pour in the Guinness and add the butter. When the butter is melted, stir in the mustard.
- Slowly begin adding the cheese mixture in ¼ cup increments stirring constantly to melt the cheese into the beer. When you have finished adding in all the cheese, add the Worcestershire and stir quickly.
Serve with bread cubes and some sliced apples. You can even dip in some mini meatballs! So Good!
Note: The amount of salt contained in cheddar cheese can vary greatly by brand and type from mild to sharp. Add salt to taste as the final step.