Ballymaloe Cheese Fondue

Ballymaloe House Hotel Located in East Cork

The perfect romantic meal a deux, alternatively, a fondue party is so retro and terrific fun.  

Choose your seat carefully because if you drop the bread into the fondue you must kiss the person on our right – this could be your big chance!  

Myrtle Allen devised this Cheese Fondue recipe made from Irish Cheddar cheese.

Even though it's a meal in itself it can be made in minutes and is loved by adults and children alike. A fondue set is obviously an advantage but not totally essential.


Serves 2 – perfect for a romantic supper.

  • 2 tablespoons (2 American tablespoons + 2 teaspoons) white wine
  • 2 small cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons Ballymaloe Tomato Relish or any tomato chutney
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 170g (6 ozs) grated mature Cheddar cheese
  • Crusty white bread


Place the white wine and the rest of the ingredients into a fondue pot or small saucepan and stir. Just before serving put over a low heat until the cheese melts and begins to bubble.

Put the pot over the fondue stove and serve immediately.  

Provide each guest with fresh French bread or cubes of ordinary white bread crisped up in a hot oven.  They will also need a fondue fork and an ordinary fork.

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