Blue cheese fondue is a fabulously tasty and easy appetizer or snack that I based on my favorite appetizer from the Chattanooga restaurant FoodWorks!
Blue cheese fondue is a signature appetizer at Food Works, which for several years was our absolute favorite restaurant in Chattanooga. We visited there for multiple anniversaries, birthdays, and other occasions…and some non-occasions. In fact, I’d say that Food Works was the restaurant that shoved me out of being a pretty chain restaurant dependent person and into being a lover of local restaurants. Thanks for that, Food Works!
It’s been a while since I’ve been….I can’t even remember the last time, actually. However, while making a recipe for Whisk Magazine back in December, I whipped up a blue cheese sauce to combine with spaghetti squash and tasted it with some chips or crackers or something that I had in the cabinet. It struck me that it tasted a lot like what I remembered from Food Works…the warm, creamy fondue served with fresh, hot, housemade sweet potato chips. I could probably order those as my meal, and I could most certainly eat them until I was sick.
So, when I asked for suggestions on Facebook of what recipes from Chattanooga restaurants I could try to replicate here, I was glad when someone mentioned Food Works’ blue cheese fondue. I can’t guarantee that my fondue tastes exactly like theirs, but I can tell you that it has the qualities that make the blue cheese fondue at Food Works so endearing to me (as I mentioned before, it’s warm, creamy…and a little pungent with ripe, salty blue cheese, but not in an off-putting, over done way).
As for sweet potato chips, I haven’t perfected a recipe for those yet. I don’t love deep frying, so I try to avoid that when possible. I make awesome microwave potato chips (I need to rephotograph those soon) but when I tried using sweet potatoes in the same application they were soggy and floppy. So…I don’t bother. I’ve kind of become obsessed with these SimplyNature sweet potato chips from Aldi, though of course you could buy any brand of sweet potato or regular potato chips that you’d like (or make them yourself, of course). But if you like blue cheese, you should give this blue cheese fondue a try! And if you are a person who doesn’t like blue cheese (apparently, there are a lot of you), you could use a really sharp cheddar.
Just make this blue cheese fondue and share it with someone-or don’t share, your choice.
Yield: 4-8 servings
This recipe is adapted from foodnetwork.com.
10 minPrep Time:
10 minCook Time:
20 minTotal Time:
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
- salt, to taste
- chips, crackers, or toasted bread slices for serving
- Melt butter in a large (10-12 inches) nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion until softened. Stir in the flour and cook for one minute.
- Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thickened. Add the cayenne, blue cheese, and salt to taste, stirring to completely combine. Serve immediately with sweet potato or regular potato chips, crackers, pita chips, or toasted bread slices/crostini.
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