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I am thinking by now that you realize I am not afraid of cheese.

Smoky 3 Cheese Fondue with Toasted Garlic Buttered Croissants | @hbharvest

Like at all.

Smoky 3 Cheese Fondue with Toasted Garlic Buttered Croissants | @hbharvest

I mean, I’d even go as far as saying it’s semi-healthy…in moderation. Unfortunately, moderation – when it comes to cheese, is obviously a rather hard thing for me.

I mean, there is twenty-four ounces of cheese alone in this recipe. Yeah, twenty-four. And umm, that’s nothing for me. Have you ever had one of my Friday night pizzas? Just ask anyone who has stayed at our house (which is way too many), it’s a lot of cheese and a little crust.

Some people aren’t crazy about all the cheese, but most love it. We get a lot of hungry people who have been out in the elements all day. Extra cheese doesn’t bother them, and I think I have the perfect ratio of crust to cheese down.

Smoky 3 Cheese Fondue with Toasted Garlic Buttered Croissants | @hbharvest

This may come as a shock to a lot of you, but before this dish I was a total cheese fondue newbie. Like I’d really only had steak fondue that was cooked in oil. Cheese fondue was a whole new thing for me.

I guess I have known about cheese fondue for a while now, but for some reason I never actually thought of making it until now. We used to do steak fondue all the time growing up, but I don’t think I have had fondue (at home at least) since my family moved to Colorado eight years ago. I think we just stopped making it because through all the moving we seemed to have lost the fondue pot. Or threw it out (I did a lot of purging when my mom and I went back to Cleveland to clean out our old house for a family to rent – maybe a little too much)?

Anyway, I still don’t have a fondue pot, but I also don’t mind huddling over the warm stove on a cold night, shoveling cheese fondue into my mouth. Especially with buttered croissants.

It really doesn’t get any better.

Smoky 3 Cheese Fondue with Toasted Garlic Buttered Croissants | @hbharvest

So here’s the truth. I made this smoky 3 cheese fondue on a total whim one day. I saw a picture of cheese fondue in Martha Stewart Living and thought to myself, “I kind of gotta make that – now”.

I didn’t want to go to the store, so I decided I’d just use the cheeses I had on hand. Lucky for me, I always keep smoked gouda, Gruyère, fontina, brie and swiss in my fridge. Like at all times. Oh, and (truth be told) blue cheese, feta + goat too. Yeah, yeah, I know, let’s just say it’s a good thing the people I feed most often are all pretty active. Otherwise we might be rather large by now.

So I used a large amount of smoked gouda because I love the flavor and then Gruyère and swiss. I almost threw in a little brie, but decided against it because I felt like the brie would have gotten lost in all those strong flavored cheeses. But I did add some truffle oil, simply because I had it and it seemed like the perfect thing for cheese fondue. IT WAS. Truffle oil is so good. I know it’s not cheap, but when you can you should splurge a little and buy some.

Once all the cheese is melted, you need to immediately take some of those buttered, toasted croissants and start dipping, double dipping and then dipping some more.

Smoky 3 Cheese Fondue with Toasted Garlic Buttered Croissants | @hbharvest

And speaking of those croissants. Holy freaking wow! Frying them in butter was one of my better ideas. You know how the outsides of a grilled cheese are buttery, crisp and soft all at the same time? Well these croissants are like that only better, because they are croissants, loaded with garlic and basil, and then when dipped in cheese?

I mean, come on – amazing!

Smoky 3 Cheese Fondue with Toasted Garlic Buttered Croissants | @hbharvest

You can also serve the fondue with fresh fruit, veggies and seared meats, but let’s just be honest, we all know that buttered croissants and melted cheese together is really where it is at.

Smoky 3 Cheese Fondue with Toasted Garlic Buttered Croissants | @hbharvest

Smoky 3 Cheese Fondue with Toasted Garlic Buttered Croissants.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 610 kcal

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  • 12 ounces smoked gouda cheese cubed
  • 8 ounces gruyere cheese cubed
  • 4 ounces swiss cheese cubed (or swap brie!)
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 tablespoon truffle oil optional
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • cooked steak cubes + assorted veggies for serving

Crispy Garlic Butter Croissants

  • 6 large croissants sliced into sticks
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1/4 cup basil chopped


  • To make the fondue, add the cubed cheese to a bowl and toss with the cornstarch and cayenne.
  • Rub inside of a fondue pot with garlic; discard garlic. Pour the wine, brandy and truffle oil (if using) into the fondue pot, and place over medium-low heat. When liquid starts to bubble, start adding the cheese by the handful, stirring until melted and combined. Season with nutmeg and pepper. Keep over low heat until ready to serve.
  • To make the buttered croissants, combine the butter, garlic and basil in a small bowl, spread both sides of the croissants with the butter. Heat a skillet over medium heat, once hot, add the toast and cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until lightly toasted and garlic fragrant. Flip and cook another 2-4 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with the fondue + assorted veggies.

Smoky 3 Cheese Fondue with Toasted Garlic Buttered Croissants | @hbharvest

Bonus points if you make this over the weekend. This is totally weekend food, and this weekend you get an extra day!

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  1. Love your recipes but had a little difficulty with the croissant bread sticks. Mine never did get stiff enough for optimum dipping. What did I do wrong. They were grilled nicely but sorta wimpy.
    Thanks for your help!

    1. HI! I would recommend slicing the thinner next time. It sounds likes your croissant may have been thick and maybe extra light and buttery too? They might just need a longer cooking time. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I am so glad you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  2. OK, so I am making this tomorrow for a wine tasting at my home. I have several additional food items as well, but keep going back and forth with doubling this recipe… Most of the 15 guests chose this as something would be eating. I am doing the cooked steak on Skewers as well as a skewered “crouton” for dipping. Exactly how much fondu will this be when the recipe is completed? About 2 cups? 3? I would love your suggestions!!

    1. Hey Alison! This will end up being around 2 cups of fondue. If you are serving 15, I might double the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ??

  3. We have a family tradition of making fondue every New Year’s Eve. I found this recipe and new instantly that this was the recipe to end out 2017. Holy smokes!!! What a great recipe! I used the brie instead of swiss because I am a sucker for brie. And…. steak bites??? Wow! I have never had that combo with fondue before. This recipe will be used again in the near future. Thank you for positing this great idea!

  4. Oh wow this looks amazing, it is way too hot in Australia in the moment for this, but as soon as it hits winter I am going to stuff myself silly on this!

  5. Oh my god- SHUT UP. This looks amazing and I am now utterly starving. I love the thought of dipping cubes of filet in the fondue. Had that at a restaurant before and it was SO good. This is on my short list to try soon.

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