I think it goes without saying how I feel about cheese.

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Which means it should go without saying how I feel about fondue.

I’m going to tell you anyway. Surprised? Didn’t think so.

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Fondue is one of my favorite things in the universe. I know, I know, I say that about, well… just about everything. But this time I truly mean it. My mom would make us fondue once in a blue moon when I was younger. I adored it. She probably made it less than once a year but I bet I hounded her to make it multiple times a month. Seriously, nothing beat those bread cubes dipped in that melty cheese.

If she taught me anything, it’s that going to school for music in the 70s taught you how to make fantastic fondue. Take that as you will.

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I realize that these are quite possibly the most boring pictures of goat cheese fondue, ever. I also completely forget to put the lid on my little fondue pot. It’s just some plain white cheese and bread, but let’s act all cliche and say that looks can be deceiving. Because they can! This is gooey goat cheese with crumbled fried sage, and we are talking about sage fried in butter. Um, hello lover.

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And I know what you’re about to ask me.

Yes, you. I soooo know you.

You’re about to say… “I don’t really like goat cheese so can I use another cheese?”

Um. No. Not here. This is goat cheese fondue. Goat cheese freaking fondue.

If you love fondue but don’t like this cheese of the goat (I can understand, we can still be friends), try the super old school method listed at the bottom of the recipe that I shared years ago for traditional fondue that uses cheeses that will most likely take four different trips to random grocery stores to find. That was a mouthful. It is so totally worth it. I swear.

And so is this.

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Goat Cheese Fondue with Fried Sage

Yield: serves about 4-6 as an appetizer

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
3/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup heavy cream
16 ounces goat cheese
a pinch each of salt, pepper and nutmeg
for dipping: bread, apples, fresh vegetables

fried sage
10-15 sage leaves
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon olive oil


In a small sauce pan, add white wine and garlic. Bring to a simmer and add heavy cream, stirring well then add in goat cheese. Turn the heat down to low and stir for 8-10 minutes until cheese is fully melted. Add in a pinch each of salt, pepper and nutmeg then taste and season more if desired.

While the goat cheese is melting, heat a skillet over medium heat and add olive oil and butter. Once melted and bubbling, add in sage leaves and fry for a minute or two, being careful not to let the butter burn. Remove and let drain on a paper towel.

To serve, crumble a few sage leaves into the fondue, stirring well, and place the remaining leaves on top. Serve with bread, fruit and vegetables.

[adapted from my mom's old fondue recipe]

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You should probably also make some cupcake fondue. Because who doesn’t want THAT?

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69 Responses to “Goat Cheese Fondue with Fried Sage.”

  1. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 19, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    you had me at goat cheese. my very favorite cheese! I’ve never had/made fondue with it before and i’m kicking myself asking WHY I haven’t. :) The fried sage – ok… that’s just too good to be true. I can only imagine the impeccable flavor it brings. Ahhh i want fondue for breakfast!


  2. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — December 19, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Your mom’s recipe is the same recipe my best friend has! I’ve only made fondue once, with her, back in New Years of 2002! It was such a wonderful memory though. If you haven’t tried making fondue, you really should – it’s amazing.


  3. #
    Michele — December 19, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    My mouth is watering. I would have never thought of using goat cheese for a fondue. This is why we have you.


  4. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 19, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    Umm cupcake fondue? I DO!! I actually have a fondue pot sitting up in my hall closet that I’ve never used in the 5 years I’ve owned it. I should probably change that, hey? ;)


  5. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — December 19, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    Fried sage is wonderful. I am drooling.


  6. #
    Jenna — December 19, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Does this go well with coffee? It’s 8 am and I want some of this!!!


  7. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 19, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    I’m totally not that person…pass the cheese of the goat any day!


  8. #
    Kim in MD — December 19, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Oh my gosh, I love goat cheese and I love fondue. I am SO making this on Christmas Eve!


  9. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — December 19, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    I don’t get it. Some people don’t like goat cheese? Impossible.


  10. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — December 19, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    I freaking love goat cheese!!! I want to put it on everything! This is amazing!


  11. #
    Kim — December 19, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Everytime I read, “Hello lover.” I read it in Carrie’s voice when she is looking at the shoes. Every. Time.


  12. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 19, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    OMG. I’ve never heard of this before, but I’m in total freaking love! I lived in Switzerland for two summers and my boyfriend and I would have swiss fondue every weekend – searching high and low across the country for our favorites. Since I moved home, we make the swiss version about once every three months, but this would be so fabulous to add in to my rotation. It looks so freaking good!


  13. #
    Potatoes and Pilates — December 19, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    This is low-fat right!?

    Oh my gosh, this looks DIVINE. I am not sure if it is healthy or socially acceptable to be craving fondue before 9:30am. Oh well.

    Love the idea of the fried sage. Thanks for sharing! x


  14. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 19, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    I love fondue, I love cheese and I love fried sage! This fondue has it all! I am loving it!! Perfect for movie night!!


  15. #
    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection — December 19, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    Oh my…this has my name written all over it! I am in love with goat cheese. I put it on EVERYTHING. I’ve never had goat cheese fondue, but it’s going on my list! Time to bring out the fondue maker :)


  16. #
    Shundara@ SavyNaturalista — December 19, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Oh fried sage needs to be on my list of things to try, I wish I had a fondue pot I would defiantly be making this from time to time…. This dish is perfect for winter days…


  17. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 19, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    This is the fondue of my dreams…. sigh.


  18. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 19, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Aaaaand I’m dead.


  19. #
    Ashley — December 19, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    I can get down with this. Oh yes.


  20. #
    HeatherChristo — December 19, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Thaaaaank you for this. I honest to God make Goat Cheese Fondue EVERY YEAR as an appetizer on Christmas. This year, It will be this recipe. Love you!


  21. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — December 19, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    This is nuts!! I’ve always said if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, I’d eat pizza but that was before I knew goat cheese fondue existed. YOU’VE MADE ME QUESTION MY VALUES.


  22. #
    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — December 19, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    Goat cheese is my faaaavorite. I can never ever understand why some people aren’t fans! Anyway, this looks to die for.


  23. #
    Drew @ Catfish & Caviar — December 19, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    Totally obsessed with fondue AND goat cheese! Fab recipe idea!!!


  24. #
    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because — December 19, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    Oh man, this totally reminds me of Taiwan Cafe in Oakland that deepfries Thai basil for one of their stirfries. This looks like a cozier, more season version. Thanks for sharing!


  25. #
    little kitchie — December 19, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    i want this NOW! I’ve never done goat cheese fondue, but OMG it’s happening. And I can’t wait.


  26. #
    Alexis @ Hummusapien — December 19, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Goat cheese is BY FAR my favorite cheese. I cannot begin to imagine how delicious this would be with a crusty hunk of bread or a granny smith apple!


  27. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 19, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    Now this is classy and creative and I want to dip just about anything into it!


  28. #
    Kacy — December 19, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    People who don’t like cheese of the goat must live very sad existences. Poor things.
    This looks great!


  29. #
    Cathy @ Noble Pig — December 19, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    I want this and you at my New Year’s Eve Party!


  30. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — December 19, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    This sounds perfect for NYE meal! Love goat cheese.


  31. #
    Kimberly F — December 19, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    My husband would love this! Palace Kitchen, one of Seattle’s many wonderful Tom Douglas restaurants, serves a lavendar goat cheese fondue that he always orders. Thank you!


  32. #
    betty — December 19, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    i want to bathe in that.


  33. #
    Julie — December 19, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    I like this so much, it’s a little offensive. Goat cheese and fondue together??


  34. #
    JulieD — December 19, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Love this!! I adore goat cheese (I don’t understand why Curtis won’t try it) but then that would mean more for me!!


  35. #
    Ashley — December 19, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

    Whenever I make anything with goat cheese, I always feel like I have to put out a warning label because so many people I know dislike it. But in this case, I won’t mind keeping this lovely fondue all to myself!


  36. #
    shirley@bells-bakery — December 19, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    Oh yes anything cheese i’m in, anything fondue im in. Nosy to try it with the fried sage :)


  37. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — December 19, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had cheese fondue. I’ve had chocolate, but not cheese. Now I feel like I need to go out and find a good fondue place.


  38. #
    Larry — December 19, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

    You are a weaver of magic. You make dreams come true.


  39. #
    Cookie and Kate — December 19, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    Goooood grief. Goat cheese fondue?! I want to dive right in. Would you believe that this cheese lover has never had fondu? I even have my grandmother’s fondu set and everything. Time to use it.


  40. #
    Tara — December 19, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Oh my…I need to eat this. NOW! I love goat cheese!!


  41. #
    Wendy — December 19, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    I have to bring a side dish to a party on Thursday and I was going to bring your White Pizza Dip but now I don’t know. This goat cheese fondue is mouth watering.
    Decisions. Decisions.


  42. #
    Stephanie — December 19, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    You do know me and well. For NYE the hubs and I are going to be lame and not go to any of the parties that we’ve been invited to. Instead we are going to stay home and have a fondue party, just the two of us. Cause we like to be lame together… My night was semi planned out as I’d pinned your cupcake fondue recipe from 2011 but had been too lazy to find the main “cheese fondue” course. Thankfully you know goat cheese is my favorite and made this post just for me :)


  43. #
    Jennifer — December 20, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    I wish I could have this right now. For breakfast. Okay thanks so much!


  44. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — December 20, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    That looks incredible!


  45. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — December 20, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    that’s too pretty to eat!


  46. #
    Kelly M — December 20, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    OMG. I love goat cheese. And sage. And butter. The fact that sage is the only fresh herb in my garden that lasts this long into winter is just a SUPER AMAZING bonus here. The sprinkles on top of the cupcake of life, as it were.


  47. #
    Sherri — December 20, 2012 @ 11:30 am



  48. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — December 20, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Oh baby! I want to drink this up. Carbs and melted goat cheese are a match made in heaven!


  49. #
    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — December 20, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    I just don’t understand people that don’t like goat cheese!!! It is absolutely one of my most favoritest foods on earth! It’s so good…and super, duper melty on cubes of chewy bread with fried sage?!? Yes to the ma’am.


  50. #
    Barbara | Creative Culinary — December 20, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    My daughter has shares in the milk from a goat herd which equates to 2 gallons of milk a month. She is supposed to pick up her share monthly and somehow time got away from her and she just went and got 9 gallons of goat milk. Guess I’m her new partner in that venture; it’s just too much for one person!

    As a result I just made my own goat cheese recently. So easy, so good, so perfect for fondue!



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