Easy cheddar ranch fondue is a perfect savory dish to serve up as a snack or appetizer. Bring it to your next party or turn it into a simpler meal, and it’s sure to become an instant favorite in your home as it has in mine.
We absolutely love fondue and make it quite often at our house, so I’m always up for a new recipe. My sister-in-law found this one that includes ranch dressing, and it has quickly become a favorite variation on our normal cheddar recipe!
5 Ingredient Cheddar Fondue
To make this recipe, you only need 5 ingredients, and you already know one is cheese. This dip is a perfect appetizer for serving at a party, tailgate, or weeknight at home. Fondues also make a great dinner idea when you want something lighter to eat!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s super quick and easy. This alone should be enough of a reason to whip up a batch of homemade cheese fondue, but just in case it isn’t, let me point out two more reasons to get a batch going soon.
- Simple ingredients. If you have ranch salad dressing and cheese on hand already, then you probably have the other ingredients for this fondue too. This means you can create a batch of cheesy dip without needing to make a trip to the grocery store.
- It tastes delicious with everything! Ranch goes great with everything from RANCH PRETZELS to RANCH CHICKEN PIZZA, and cheese is perfect for everything too. Combining the two flavors into one incredible and savory dip is a perfect example of a great time.
Butter: You will need 2 tablespoons of butter to help start your roux for the fondue.
Flour: Adding in 2 teaspoons of flour will help to thicken the fondue so that it holds well to whatever you’re dipping in it.
Milk: Add in 1 cup of milk to get the fondue to the perfect consistency.
Ranch dressing: You will want about 1/2 cup of ranch salad dressing to give you that classic ranch flavor.
Cheese: For that added cheesy flavor and orange color, use 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. This is about what you get from 1 8-ounce sized block.
How to Make Easy Cheddar Fondue
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
Sprinkle flour in melted butter and stir constantly for about a minute.
Whisk milk into the flour mixture and constantly stir until mixture thickens and begins to boil.
Lower heat to simmer, stir in ranch and cheese until smooth. If you want the consistency a little thicker, add more cheese.
If you need to thin it a little bit, add a little more milk.
Serve warm with your choice of dippers.
What to Serve with Cheesy Ranch Fondue
We like to serve our fondue with a side of just about anything! French bread, apples, celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and ham taste incredible with this cheesy dip! Other great suggestions include cauliflower and broccoli or even cut pieces of cooked steak. If it would pair well with cheese or ranch, it’s sure to be delicious.
EASY CHEDDAR RANCH FONDUE
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle flour in melted butter and stir constantly for about a minute.
- Whisk milk into the flour mixture and constantly stir until mixture thickens and begins to boil. Lower heat to simmer, stir in ranch and cheese until smooth. If you want the consistency a little thicker, add more cheese. If you need to thin it a little bit, add a little more milk.
- Serve warm with your choice of dippers (french bread, apples, celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, ham).
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Why is my fondue lumpy?
If you find that your fondue ends up a bit too thick or even lumpy after being cooked, it can be a direct result of overcooking the cheese sauce. This can be avoided by turning the heat down and cooking over a lower temperature if your stove is running too hot or by keeping an eye on the mix to make sure you don’t cook it past the smooth and thickened stage.
Can you use half and half for cheese fondue?
If you don’t have or do not wish to use regular milk as the liquid in your fondue, you can use half and half, heavy cream, chicken broth, or even evaporated milk and still get similar results. I prefer milk and milk-like products because it adds a rich, creamy taste to the fondue that you wouldn’t normally get from broth or water.
Should bread be stale for fondue?
You should want your bread to be slightly dried but not too much so. Softer bread will soak up the cheese and may fall apart and not hold up to the weight of the dipping. You can cut your bread into serving sized pieces and lay them out on a plate or tray before beginning this fondue recipe, and that should give the bread some more time to firm up as it waits. Cutting the bread too early (like hours beforehand) can result in stale bread, which we may not want to use.
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Making this easy cheddar ranch fondue recipe is very easy and simple, making it the perfect main dish or appetizer for any occasion. With just a few minutes and ingredients, you can have a tasty dip ready to eat.