Please do not judge this recipe by the craptastic photos that go along with it, because it is actually amazing.
I made this (and subsequently photographed it in dark light under the influence) as one of my appetizers on Christmas Night. The other appetizer I made was a massive batch of little potato pancakes with crème fraiche, lox and caviar. Basically my huge family devoured every last one (of dozens- honest to God) before I could even get a bite in edgewise. Imagine a Discovery Shark week feeding frenzy for effect.
They also used up the loaf and a half of bread I grilled to go with this fondue, and 3 sliced apples. But there was still hot, bubbly cheese left, so we basically dumped a box of crackers out on the table, and all those were dunked and eaten too. You see where I get my appetite from…
This recipe is inspired by the goat cheese fondue at Palace Kitchen in Downtown Seattle, where my husband and I “date night” almost every week. It’s my favorite go to place.
I like to add fresh rosemary to my goat cheese fondue, and sometimes luxe it up with black truffle goat cheese or a tiny touch of nutmeg (not together.)
While I do own a fondue pot, I do not know how to work it, and I guess am too lazy to learn. So basically I am just taking advantage of the pot on a stand. Then I light 1-2 votives under the pot until the cheese is hot and bubbly. Grilled bread and crisp fruit are my favorite accoutrements, but as you can tell from above- I am not picky about dipping pretty much anything in hot goat cheese fondue.
I thought I would share this with you because it would be so fun to do for New Years Eve. Whether you are having a rager, a few couples over, or it is just your little family, sometimes including a few novelties (like a fondue pot) in the celebration is enough to make it really special. *By the way- fondue pots are inexpensive for so much fun- I saw one at my grocery store for under $20.
Goat Cheese Fondue, serves 6 for an appetizer
Inspired by Tom Douglas’ Goat Cheese Fondue
-1 ½ cups Whipping Cream
-11 oz Goat Cheese
-1 sprig fresh rosemary
-Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
In a small pot, bring the whipping cream to a simmer.
Remove the pot from the heat and crumble the goat cheese into the cream. Add some cracked black pepper.
Whisk until smooth and creamy. (If it is too thick, you can add a tiny bit more cream to thin it out.) Add the sprig of fresh rosemary to the fondue and adjust the taste with Kosher salt.
Pour the fondue into a fondue pot, or small pot with a flame under it.
Serve hot with grilled bread and fresh fruit or other accoutrements.Print Recipe
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This looks wonderful. I do have a question regarding the sprig of Rosemary. Do you remove it before serving, does it break down in the fondue? Unfortunately, I’m not terribly familiar with fresh herbs. Thanks!
Good question Jan! I just leave it in there. Rosemary is incredibly hearty, so it will stay intact.
What a fun way to share a meal! I bet kids love it just as much as the adults.
I love the idea of this. The tang of the goat cheese and the homey warm rosemary – gorgeous!
Thanks for this recipe — perfect for my new year eve’s dinner with friends 🙂
Happy New Year, sweetie 🙂
This is like the easiest recipe for fondue! And, super classy too!
Wow, that looks fabulous!
Love the table setting.
Oh my heavens. This looks worthy of drooling over!
I love fondue. Never made it with goat cheese but this looks delicious.
Who needs to dip!? I could eat this like soup. A big bowl of cheesy soup. I kinda have a thing for cheese.
great heather it’s just the thing i want to have it in front of fire tonight .i’ll make it enshaallah
Forgive my language… but holy crap this looks amazing. You rock!!
Oh, my goodness — this sounds divine!
Soo interesting that you added the rosemary to this fondue. Sounds great & HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂
goat cheese fondue?? i never even thought of it!! that sounds amazing!!!
I was bad. On vacation in L.A. and Santa Barbara CA, I snuck a peek at this recipe. It sounded so awesome and different I couldn’t wait to get back home and try it. I’m going to make it this weekend. I think some roasted beets would be nice to dip in it, too.
Oh, beets would be delicious!!!
Your commentary is priceless! My family is a bunch of birds, but I eat like yours! Going to try this for NYE. By the way, Cuisinart’s fondue pots are awesome. Fondue ready in minutes and the cleanup easy.
I am a huge fan of goat cheese and fondue. I never thought to unite these two favorites of mine. Can’t wait to try it.
Thanks Heather, this looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it this weekend! I have a small (1.5 Qt) crockpot that I use for fondues – it keeps the dips warm and melty, the insert is removable and goes in the dishwasher, and it is just the right size for a full recipe of most fondues. Win, win, WIN!
I loved! Tks for sharing. About the cream whats whooping cream? Because I’m vegetarian, do you recommend another cream? Tks xx , Ericka
Hi Ericka, whipping cream is just heavy cream- it’s still vegetarian!