Champagne Fondue – the Perfect Valentine’s Day Dish

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Now that the question of whether the Steelers or the Packers will win the Superbowl has been answered the next “big” question looms.

To go out or stay in for Valentine’s Day?

Both options have their strong points. Dining out of course has it’s advantages – no dishes to do, multiple menu choices and of course, ambience. What’s not to like? Well on Valentine’s Day that could include not getting a reservation, crowded and noisy dining rooms and food that sometimes misses the mark. Need a babysitter? You have better odds of winning the lottery.  But what about staying in? You can make exactly what you want and no reservations are required.  If you plan your dinner after the kids are in bed, no babysitter is needed. It would be perfect… if you just didn’t have to deal with all the dishes.

But you don’t – not if you make fondue!!

Fondue just may be the perfect Valentine’s Day dish. One pot is all it takes and no forks or plates are required – and there is something very romantic about feeding your main squeeze morsels of bread dipped in this rich, creamy and luscious fondue.

A Pomegranate Royale and Champagne Fondue

So, open a bottle of bubbly, light a few candles and put on your favorite tunes… no reservations required!

A couple of candles and a few roses - keep it simple!


Champagne Fondue – The beauty of this fondue is that it doesn’t get gummy as it sits!! Pair it with some bread chunks, vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, etc.) and/or apple and pear slices.

(Serves 2 – 4)

  • 1 1/4 cups Champagne or sparkling wine
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 8 oz. pck. cream cheese, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups grated gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • large pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. flour


  1. In a heavy saucepan, heat the champagne with the minced shallot over medium heat.
  2. Add cream cheese to champagne. Stir with a whisk (mixture will have lumps). Keep stirring until most to the cream cheese has melted.
  3. Add flour the the grated gruyere cheese and toss.
  4. Slowly add handfuls of the gruyere cheese to the cream cheese mixture, whisking with every addition, only adding the next handful after the preceding one has melted.
  5. After all the cheese has been added, bring mixture to a boil and continue to whisk until the mixture is thick and coats the back of a spoon.
  6. Place in a fondue pot and serve.


Here are some other fondue recipes you might like!

Recipe Girl – Cheddar Cheese and Beer Fondue

Sippity Sup – Classic Swiss Fondue

Chocolate and Zucchini – Cheese Fondue


  1. says

    Haha, your “main squeeze” – don’t get all romantic on us 😉 Love the scene you created for your photos of this sexy fondue. We’re definitely staying in and avoiding all the special Valentine’s Day menus – usually disappointing.

  2. says

    We always stay in, and I suppose this is just another reason to – this is a fantastic idea … and it looks pretty danged good, too!

  3. says

    No main squeeze for me but I am hosting an Un Valentine party this Friday for my wine group and this would be perfect. We’re focusing on wine and chocolate pairings but I planned to make something savory and this is beyond perfect!

    • says

      This should go over really well!! I have a client that I cook for who has parties with just “the girls” and they love this .. a true indulgence!!

  4. says

    So crazy, it just might work! Realistically, we’ll probably go buy some food, take it home, cook it together, and if the weather is nice, we’ll go “candlelight in the garden.” :-)


    • says

      Now that sounds romantic!! Even if the weather were nice we wouldn’t be doing dinner in the garden (I mean jungle – our yard is in dire need of TLC!!).

      Hope you both have a wonderful one!!

    • says

      Amateurs or those who enjoy frustration!!! I have to say that I do feel for the waitstaff on that night .. so many expectations!!! Far better to stay in and enjoy the evening with no interruptions (or rude waiters!!)

    • says

      Hi Kate!!

      Valentine’s does have a “hallmarky” aspect to it.. which is too bad !! But you don’t need Valentine’s day for this recipe … it would be good on any cool night “just because”!!

  5. says

    I’m definitely staying in for Valentine’s Day, and fondue sounds perfect! I even have a new fondue pot to use. The champagne is such a nice touch and makes it that much more elegant!

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