Family Fondue #SundaySupper

Family Fondue |

In my 20’s and most of my 30’s, New Year’s Eve was usually an evening of high expectations and deep disappointments. Every year I vowed that I would stay in reminding myself of the petty drama the year before, but then every year I would be cajoled by a friend to get out of my sweats and end up going to some random party. Okay, it wasn’t always a horrible experience, but one thing was guaranteed, the evenings always ended with a group of us shivering on a New York City street in the wee hours flailing our arms for cabs. Good times.

That was then, this is now

Our son was only a couple of months old when we celebrated our first New Year’s Eve as a family. He slept for most of the evening, but we invited friends over for an early evening celebration. That year I decided we would christen our white Le Creuset fondue set that we received as a wedding gift years before.  Besides plenty of crusty bread, we also prepared apples, red peppers, cooked broccoli, boiled potatoes, and bacon.

Each successive year, we invited a new couple or family. And almost everyone in our circle of friends back then was starting to have kids, so the early celebration was convenient for all of our slumbering infants. And who am I kidding? It was a struggle to stay up late as new parents; couple that with some wine and it was nearly impossible.

Since moving back to the East Coast from San Francisco, we have kept up the tradition. Last year, my kids were old enough to take a dip with their fondue skewers. I was pleasantly surprised that they relished dipping their cubes of crusty bread in the hot gooey tangy cheese. What’s not to like?

Gallo Family tradition

Today we are partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards and sharing recipes using their wine. The first time I had tasted a Gallo Family wine was during the Food & Wine Conference this past summer.

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Gallo Family Vineyards know a thing or two about family tradition. For the last 80 years Gallo Family Vineyards is still family-owned and has evolved over time, but have maintained their tradition of making great wine!

Family Fondue |

For today’s Sunday Supper, I’m sharing my recipe for fondue and am taking the liberty of incorporating Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato. If you have a fondue pot that is safe to use on the stove, by all means do so. It’ll save you the trouble of cleaning one extra pot. If your fondue pot is not stove-safe, then prepare the cheese fondue in a heavy-bottom pot and transfer it to the fondue pot when ready. And it is best to keep the fondue warm with a Sterno or burner on low. Most fondue sets should come with an adjustable burner.

Family Fondue #SundaySupper
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Swiss
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 garlic clove, halved lengthwise
  • 1½ cups + 2 teaspoons Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 8 ounces Emmental cheese, coarsely grated (2 cups)
  • 8 ounces Gruyère cheese, coarsely grated (2 cups)
  1. Rub the sides and bottom of a heavy-bottom pot with the cut sides of the garlic clove. Discard the cloves. Over medium heat, add the 1 ½ cups of wine and bring to a simmer. Do not let it boil.
  2. In a small bowl, stir the cornstarch into the 2 teaspoons of wine to make a slurry. Set aside. Note: The cornstarch will prevent the cheese and wine from separating.
  3. Gradually add cheese to the pot and cook, stirring constantly in a zigzag pattern, until cheese is just melted. Note: Stirring in a zigzag motion will prevent the cheese from balling up.
  4. Give the cornstarch a quick stir and stir into the fondue. Bring the fondue to a simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to fondue pot set over a burner or Sterno. Adjust the flame so that the cheese does not boil.


What to dip?

If possible, cut these items into bite-sized pieces, about 1-inch by 1-inch.

  • Bacon, ham, sausage
  • Boiled potatoes
  • Steamed broccoli florets, cauliflower
  • Fresh red pepper
  • Apples, figs
  • Lots of crusty French bread!

Family Fondue |

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Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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  • Beate @ The Not So Cheesy Kitc

    Cheese Fondue is something magical. So good and perfect for family time :)

    • kimchi_mom

      It’s so fun! And no one goes hungry! 😉

  • Renee Dobbs

    I haven’t had fondue in ages and now you have me craving it. Cheese, glorious melty coat-it-on-everything, cheese!!

    • kimchi_mom

      LOVE it! Perfect for winter…though, I’m sure it’s not as cold down where you are as it is here! :-)

  • Liz

    What a delicious holiday tradition!! I want to be invited :)

    • kimchi_mom

      The more, the merrier!

  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom

    I always forget about my fondue set until I see a delicious recipe. We usually spend the evening at home with family and friends on New Year’s Eve and this fondue would be PERFECT!

    • kimchi_mom

      Yes, it would be perfect! :-)

  • supperforasteal

    We did fondue last year for New Years and it was perfect! I have a feeling we will be doing it again this year also. So fun! Love the recipe.

    • kimchi_mom


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  • Tammi @ Momma’s Meals

    I’ve always wanted to make fondue but have yet to try it, I didn’t realize it was so easy! I love your tradition we do the same thing in our circle of friends!

    • kimchi_mom

      I hope you give it a try!

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  • Hezzi-D

    Fondue is so fun! I’m always looking for new recipes and I love your combination of cheeses and wine in this one!

    • kimchi_mom


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  • Alida

    This is fondue perfection with those wonderful cheeses and tasty vino. I’m definitely going to have to make this soon!

    • kimchi_mom

      I love the combination of wine and cheese inside or outside a fondue pot! 😉

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  • Family Foodie

    What a fun recipe to spend time around the family table. I had forgotten all about fondue and I think it is time I get my fondue pot back out.

    • kimchi_mom

      Dust off the pot and start dipping!

  • Wendy

    A fondue party for New Year’s Eve is GENIUS! This one sounds so very good!!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Wendy!

  • Heather

    I love it! I love fondue…and staying in on New Year’s eve ;). Perfect combo.

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Heather!

  • cupcakekalechip

    What a fun tradition! And of course, what could be better than a big pot of cheese?!

    • kimchi_mom

      Cheese and a big loaf of crusty bread!! :-)

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  • Gallo Family Vineyards

    To our #SundaySupper friends and family: Our sincere apologies, but we seem to be experiencing some issues with our $2 off savings. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that this issue will be resolved before our #SundaySupper chat later today. Once we are able to get the offer back up and running, we’ll be sure to let all of our #SundaySupper readers know. Again, we are so sorry! –Alexis

    P.S. We LOVE fondue, and can’t wait to try this recipe!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thank for everything Alexis!

  • Cindys Recipes

    I have a fondue pot and I use it for everything but fondue! Thanks Amy for a great recipe and delightful story!

    • kimchi_mom

      Hi Cindy! What else do you use the fondue pot for? I’m intrigued…

  • Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious

    Love fondue! Two more suggestions for dippers: small button mushrooms (raw) and pear slices. Yum!

    • kimchi_mom

      I love those suggestions! Thanks Dorothy!

  • The Wimpy Vegetarian

    What’s not to like indeed! I love, love, love fondue and haven’t made it in years. What a perfect way to celebrate Gallo Family Vineyards today!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Susan!

  • Constance

    I love this, and you are right, who doesn’t like to dip things into gooey cheese? It’s funny how our traditions change when kiddos come along. We’re not fuddy duddies, but we definitely learn to cherish our sleep! LOL

    • kimchi_mom

      So true, so true!

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  • Alice Choi

    omg, I love this!! Family Fondue! and I love Emmental cheese!!! yummm! looks delicious and fun! what a great family tradition! love it!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Alice!

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    We used to do fondue all the time in college. We loved dipping broccoli and apples (and of course, bread!). But we’ve never tried potatoes or sausage. Time to break ouf the fondue pot again!

    • kimchi_mom

      The bacon, cheese, bread combo is awesome!

  • littleredkitchen

    1. I need that fondue pot, how do I not have that piece of LC? 2. Love that picture of you enjoying said fondue. 3. I love fondue and need some now!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Susan! Not that I’ve tried other pots, but it is the perfect little fondue pot! :-)

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