Our top 5 cheese fondue dippers

Published on March 1st, 2021

Whether you’re a long‑time fondue fan or you’re just trying it for the first time, you’ve got to love how well our 1001 Fondues pair with a nearly infinite variety of foods. Platter assortments are trendy right now, not to mention perfectly designed for a fondue dinner, so here are our top five options to go with our 1001 Fondues.

1. Bread: the classic for a reason

When you say fondue, our first thought is bread. Bread has been part of fondue since the beginning, no matter how many centuries back you go. We suggest a platter of assorted breads, for an even greater variety of flavours. Our favourite options:

  • Nut bread
  • Olive bread
  • Cranberry bread
  • Date bread
  • Naan
  • Homemade bread
  • Multigrain bread
  • Crusty bread

…Plus some seasoned crackers

*Suggestion: For some delicious contrast, try adding some local jellies to the platter, like cranberry, haskap berry, crabapple or raspberry.

2. Vegetables: a perfect pair

Raw, al dente, lightly blanched or grilled—however you slice it, veggies are fantastic in fondue! Arrange them on the platter and then either dip them in the pot, or drizzle a generous helping of fondue on top.

If you’re a spice lover, pick your favourite (cayenne pepper, chili, cumin, etc.) and sprinkle it over the veggies. You’ll love how it flavours the fondue.

Green veggies

  • Broccoli (crunchy or lightly blanched)
  • Zucchini (crunchy or lightly blanched)
  • Asparagus (al dente)
  • Brussels sprouts (blanched)
  • Pickles

Right into the pot

  • Tomatoes (fresh, sun-dried or cherry tomatoes)
  • Olives
  • Leeks (chopped)
  • Wild mushrooms (chanterelle, porcini)
  • Spinach (cooked)

Even more veggies

  • Button or portobello mushrooms (lightly grilled or raw)
  • Cauliflower (crunchy or lightly blanched)
  • Baby potatoes (al dente)
  • Peppers (lightly grilled or raw)

3. Fruit: flavourful and colourful

Sometimes sweet, sometimes tart, fruit is fabulous with cheese fondue. You have lots of presentation options: arrange the fruit in small clusters on the plate, make fruit skewers or drizzle fondue over top.

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Pineapple
  • Dried fruit (figs, dates, apricots, cranberries, etc.)
  • Citrus (nectarines, oranges, clementines, etc.)

4. Seafood

If you’ve never tasted cheese fondue with seafood, you’ve absolutely got to try it. And what’s better than a platter of delectable seafood?

  • Shrimp
  • Smoked fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, salmon jerky, etc.)
  • Scallops
  • Oysters
  • Squid (grilled)

*Make sure to prepare your seafood as you usually would before you put it on the plate.

5. Grilled meat and cold cuts

Meat lovers will adore it with cheese fondue. The possibilities are endless! But we’ve made a small selection of our favourites for you anyway.

Cold cuts

  • Cubes of ham
  • Viande des Grisons / Bündnerfleisch (dried beef)
  • Prosciutto
  • Mortadella
  • Smoked turkey
  • Capicollo
  • Smoked and dried duck

Grilled meat

  • Sausages (fantastic when BBQed!)
  • Chicken
  • Fondue meat

For extra deliciousness, serve up more than one of these platters—or all of them! Your table will be set for a truly special feast.

Recipe suggestions can be found over here.

* Above all, make sure to shop local and support local businesses. In fact, why not try making a platter inspired by one of Quebec’s regions?