Before I became vegan, I was a real cheese addict. I must admit that I absolutely loved cheese sandwiches, cheesy casseroles, and pizza topped with mozzarella. Oh, and of course there was also Swiss cheese fondue. I haven’t had this very often, but the couple of times I did I really liked it, so I thought why not try vegan cheese fondue?!
I mean it’s actually not about the cheese itself, but rather about the creamy consistency and the hearty taste of this traditional dish, right? And you don’t need real cheese for that. Of course, it’s not 100 percent the same, but I guess that’s not the point with these vegan cheese alternatives. They all have their unique and mostly incredibly delicious taste and that’s exactly what I love about them!
But what is fondue? As Wikipedia explains, it’s a “Swiss, Italian, and French dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot” (often called caquelon) over a “chafing stand (réchaud) heated with a candle or spirit lamp”. There is even a Swish Cheese Union who promoted it as the Swiss national dish back in the 1930s, so it really is a huge thing there!
Most people only dip bread into the cheese sauce, but I also love dipping mushrooms and grapes and of course other veggies are great too.
This vegan and nut-free cheese sauce really couldn’t be easier! It’s ready to eat in about 10 minutes and you can even use left-overs (if you even have any as it’s just sooo good) as a vegan nacho sauce. I usually just add some red pepper flakes and paprika powder to make it a bit spicy.
All you need is some white wine (make sure it’s vegan as not all brands are), nutritional yeast, vegetable broth, unsweetened plant-based milk, miso paste, garlic, mustard, tahini, pepper, salt, a pinch of nutmeg, and some flour. Put all ingredients (except for the flour) in a pot and let it boil for a couple of minutes. Then stir in the flour and wait until it all thickens up. When it’s ready, you can either transfer it to a caquelon or just use a regular bowl instead. However, it’s better to use a real fondue pot, a so-called caquelon, as it keeps the cheese sauce hot.
Our caquelon is not the prettiest in the world, but it definitely does its job with this dairy free fondue. The amount you can see in the pot above is more like a fondue for two. Haha! It seems to be so little in there, but it really is pretty filling with all the bread and the veggies.
I hope you like this creamy and super easy vegan cheese fondue as much as I do. It’s just such a great and fun way to gather friends and family. We already had this for New Year’s Eve a couple of times. The only thing that could even be better is chocolate fondue, but why not just have cheese fondue first and then chocolate fondue as dessert. I mean that sounds like a reasonable plan, right? :-)
Have a great week! xx
Oh, and if you’re into vegan cheese recipes, you might wanna check out these dishes:
Vegan German Cheese Spaetzle (it’s like a German version of Mac ‘n’ Cheese with smoked tofu and leek)
Vegan Cheese Fondue
For the vegan cheese fondue:
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 3/4 cup unsweetend almond or soy milk
- 1 tablespoon white miso paste
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1-2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 teaspoon tahini
- 1 pinch pepper
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 4 tablespoons flour
- French baguette
- Put all ingredients (except for the flour) in a pot and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Then stir in the flour and wait until it all thickens up. If it's too thick add some more plant-based milk. If it's too thin add more flour. When it's ready, you can either transfer it to a caquelon or just use a regular bowl instead. However, it's better to use a real fondue pot, a so-called caquelon, as it keeps the cheese sauce hot.