Budget Date Ideas: Cheese Fondue from the French Alps

Looking for inexpensive date ideas or budget-friendly recipes for this Valentine’s day?

One of my favorite easy and cheap gourmet meals is making traditional cheese fondue. A few years ago we got to enjoy fondue in Switzerland with some friends, and I was quite impressed with the array of dipping options that they included: pepper, mustard seed, caraway seeds & more! Each time I make fondue, I make sure to include things to dip the cheese-dipped bread into when serving fondue.


Now that we’re living in the French alps, I think we’ll probably revisit this tradition and take a bike ride over to our fromagerie to pick up some cheese for our fondue this year. Take a look at the video below to see more of the scenery around where we live and to learn more about this amazing fromagerie!


Alpine Cheese Fondue
Cuisine: Alpine
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Serves: 2 servings
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • ¾ cup White wine
  • ½ lb. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • ½ lb. Emmental (Swiss) cheese, shredded
  1. Rub clove of garlic on bottom of fondue pot and discard.
  2. Add wine to pot and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, turn temperature down.
  3. Add cheeses by the handful and stir in a figure-eight motion. Repeat until all the cheese has dissolved.
  4. Serve with cubed bread, vegetables such as broccoli and mushrooms and thinly sliced charcuterie.

Note: Emmental is a Swiss cheese, and often the cheese that is labeled as “Swiss cheese” in the US is the often very similar to Emmental – and the price is usually much more affordable than Emmental.