Irish Dubliner Fondue

Irish Dubliner Fondue: Who says Saint Paddy’s Day means Corned Beef and Green Beer? Sometimes the most FUN holiday dishes aren’t the most traditional.

Irish Dubliner Fondue

Don’t get me wrong, I love traditions. Hubs and I have a standing lunch appointment every Saint Patrick’s Day at a local Irish Pub. We’ve held our March 17th lunch appointment our entire marriage; even when we had to cart our babies (robed in Notre Dame attire) into the pub with us–don’t judge.

We have a lot of family traditions. In fact, fondue itself is customary in our house.

Dubliner Fondue Recipe


Lt. Dan and I got married directly after graduating from college. We saved every penny we earned waiting tables to take a marvelous honeymoon before we had to start our official jobs and “grown-up” life. After weighing our options, we discovered we had saved enough money to spend a month in Colorado or a week on some island. Colorado it was!

What great memories I have of our first month as a married couple. We spent a couple weeks hiking, horseback riding, four-wheeling and exploring all the natural hot springs in Steamboat Springs. We rafted down the Colorado River. Hand-in-hand, we poked through obscure shops in downtown Colorado Springs. We rambled around Red Rocks. Yet one of my favorite memories was dining at a little fondue restaurant in Manitou Springs. Nestled at the foot of Pike’s Peak, this quaint mountain town is home of The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant, among other things. One evening we sat out on an idyllic balcony in the crisp mountain air and ate the most exquisite meal either of us had ever experienced in our 22 years of life.

Course after course, we laughed and whispered sweet nothings to each other, as we devoured every last morsel brought to our table. Upon returning home, we promptly bought our first fondue pot and our tradition emerged. Over the last twelve years, we have hosted uncountable fondue parties. We have gone through several fondue pots and have collected all sorts of fondue paraphernalia. Our tradition lives on…

Irish Dubliner Fondue Recipe

So, nothing against traditions. But think of the wonderfully unconventional dishes one can make with traditional Irish ingredients! Dishes such as Irish Dubliner Fondue or Chocolate Guinness Floats… just off the top of my head. *wink*

Dubliner is a sharp nutty cheese with a slightly brittle texture. It melts well and stands up nicely against the tang of Harp beer. Irish Dubliner Fondue is a delightful deviation from classic Swiss fondue. This pub-style dip is easy to prepare and will disappear in moments when paired with fresh bread, pickles and fruit!

Creamy Dubliner Fondue

You can prepare your fondue in most fondue pots, but I like to cook it in another small pot. It makes a much tidier presentation.

Serve Irish Dubliner Fondue with smooth and creamy Chocolate Guinness Floats for Saint Paddy’s Day this year!

Chocolate Guinness Floats

You won’t need a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” T-shirt to get a little St. Paddy’s Day love!

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121 comments on “Irish Dubliner Fondue

  1. Kristaposted March 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm Reply

    I would love.. THIS! The red color, the perfect design, my lack of a fondue pot… this is for me! :)

  2. Kate @ Diethood.composted March 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh, I wish I had done that for my honeymoon! Right after college, though…really?! Youngins! ;-)

    And I’ll have what Oprah is having – those adorable blue measuring cups by Nigella Lawson.. love ’em!

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  5. denise @ bread expectationsposted March 16, 2011 at 9:45 pm Reply

    OMG! It’s pouring so hard right now, my windows are misty, but I still want one of those Guinness floats!!! BRILLIANT!! Love the twist on a classic French fondue!

    Hope you have a fabulous St Paddy’s Day :)

  6. vtkitchenposted March 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm Reply

    oh, i LOVE fondue. what a cool idea to pair it with an Irish beer. Beer and cheese go wonderfully together. I am doing a beer tasting at a factory this weekend. I am really excited about it.

  7. Gerdyposted March 16, 2011 at 10:22 pm Reply

    I LOVE blue measuring cups by Nigella Lawson ;)

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  9. [email protected]posted March 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm Reply

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  11. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish)posted March 17, 2011 at 4:05 am Reply

    What a fun St. Patty’s day treat! I follow you in google Reader!

  12. Cécyposted March 17, 2011 at 5:17 am Reply

    I’d love the kitchen aid stand mixer. Color does not matter, there are just so many recipes where I wouldn’t mind a little break from elbow grease.

    I like the idea of an untraditional fondue.

  13. Suchitraposted March 17, 2011 at 6:00 am Reply

    love fondue- your recipe looks great!

  14. [email protected]posted March 17, 2011 at 6:12 am Reply

    the Le Creuset 5 qt. oval dutch oven in purple :)

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  17. Belinda @zomppaposted March 17, 2011 at 6:24 am Reply

    Looks like someone’s having a great St. Patty’s Day! Dubliner cheese is one of the best…that fondue set looks pretty darn good!

  18. Alisonposted March 17, 2011 at 6:26 am Reply

    I’ve got my eye on a Cuisinart food processor (4-cup mini) but a fondue pot would be fun, too. I love beer floats–got hooked on them at the Chocolate Lounge–but find they work best when you stir them up a bit to blend the cream into the beer.

  19. Emily @Cleanlinessposted March 17, 2011 at 7:34 am Reply

    OH MY GOD.

    I neeeeed that float.

  20. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted March 17, 2011 at 6:38 am Reply

    I would LOVE to have a KitchenAid stand mixer. I’m a big baker and don’t have a stand mixer :( I also love the fondue pot. I’ve never made any but think I would love it too. Thanks and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  21. Evan @swEEtsposted March 17, 2011 at 7:22 am Reply

    We have fondue every year for Christmas.. its a Swiss tradition! I’ve never done it with beer though- my Oma would flip ha but I think it sounds fantastic!! And we’re totally trying a beer float this year :) Happy St. Pattys!

  22. egbposted March 17, 2011 at 8:02 am Reply

    I want a Le Creuset pot so badly!

    The Guinness floats look awesome! I might have to have one tonight!

  23. soniaposted March 17, 2011 at 8:25 am Reply

    This is an awesome dish. Loved your dubliner fondue chocolate… !

  24. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted March 17, 2011 at 8:32 am Reply

    So, Sommer, when will you be coming back to visit CO? We could not just have Fondue together.

  25. Fresh and Foodieposted March 17, 2011 at 8:40 am Reply

    Lovely recipes, and an even lovelier story about you and your husband.

    Last year my friends and I started having fondue parties every few months. It’s always a good time eating, drinking and laughing, plus there’s something humorous about the 70s-ness of it all. But seriously, who doesn’t like dipping things in melted cheese and chocolate?!

  26. carolinaheartstringsposted March 17, 2011 at 10:43 am Reply

    OMG. Do I love that fondue pot. I want it!!!!! Your recipe looks fantastic. I love Colorado. Very close to where I grew up so I know exactly what you are talking about.

  27. Laura @ Family Spiceposted March 17, 2011 at 9:05 am Reply

    That’s a great tradition to have. It’s awesome that you’ve been able to meet for St. Patty’s lunch every year. I think I’ve taken my babies to a pub or two! : ) That’s a beautiful fondue set. And I don’t have one, either! Perfect!

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  31. Juneposted March 17, 2011 at 10:32 am Reply

    As I am a poor student, I have very few appliances. I have been lusting after the KitchenAid mixers for years, and the beautiful cornflower blue edition makes me want it even more!

    I’ve always loved the idea of fondue, and yet have never indulged. This fondue set would be a perfect introduction!

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  33. sweetlifeposted March 17, 2011 at 11:41 am Reply

    a wonderful post, I love your standing tradition…a month in colorado..what a great honeymoon..a perfect fondue to relive your new love..great giveaway!!
    have a great week


  34. visdaposted March 17, 2011 at 11:53 am Reply

    Love your story. It sounds like you have created your own personal tradition by your own fondue parties. Thanks for sharing the story and recipe.

  35. Biren @ Roti n Riceposted March 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm Reply

    What a delicious meal! We love fondue! Central Chef has many nice things but I sure don’t mind this fondue pot.

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  37. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted March 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm Reply


  38. kariposted March 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm Reply

    Looks absolutely delicious!

  39. Annaposted March 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm Reply

    I love fondue, anything dipped in cheese would make me happy. Loved that you had with boiled potatoes…that must be yummy. Definitely trying that next time I have fondue.

  40. Kim- Liv Lifeposted March 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm Reply

    That beer is calling my name!! Your bread looks simply delicious, and the fondue, well, I haven’t had one in years, but I’m sure my kids would love it! Well done!

  41. Lizposted March 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm Reply

    I know my family would have fun with this fondue pot…what a fun give away! I love anything Le Creuset…I think I’d add to my collection :)

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    Oh the things I would make in it!!!

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  51. Jason Phelpsposted March 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm Reply

    Totally knocked it out of the park! We had some Kerry Gold cheese last night with Jameson’s as we cooked a whole dinner with the whiskey. Fondue would have totally killed it!

    I love my slow cooker, but a Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron 5 Quart Braiser would give a new dimension in slow cooking meat and vegetables to create delictable treats.


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  53. A little bit of everythingposted March 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm Reply

    fondue is so much fun and dubliner cheese is one of my favorite cheeses.

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  58. NANAposted March 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm Reply

    I love your blog and your Fondue — I know the cheese is great — might pass on the Guinness float. I really like Chef Planet’s non stick grill and BBQ mat. Bet I could get a lot of good use out of that.

  59. Claudiaposted March 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm Reply

    I am thinking I don’t need to wait until next St. Patrick’s Day for that fondue. I love your takes on recipes.

  60. Marisaposted March 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Great story about your honeymoon and your fondue tradition. Guiness goes so well with chocolate–this float sounds so awesome. Happy St. Patty’s!

  61. Saraposted March 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm Reply

    I love your non-traditional way of celebrating Saint Patrick’s day! Oh I would have loved to try this too

  62. Amanda Thompsonposted March 17, 2011 at 11:35 pm Reply

    I would love to have a Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron 3.5 Quart Braiser in Cherry!

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  65. elle marieposted March 18, 2011 at 3:00 am Reply

    Oh my word, the bread, the cheese.. TOOTHSOME…I bet even at an import cheese deli that I won’t be able to find it.. it’s been eons since I’ve had fondue, I like both, savory and sweet, which are you partial toward?

    • Steve @ HPDposted March 18, 2011 at 10:50 am Reply

      E.M., you can find KerryGold at most grocery stores these days. Great thing about living in the 21st century … very few culinary borders left to cross. Cheers!

  66. Angie's Recipesposted March 18, 2011 at 4:56 am Reply

    Ice cream in guiness…that sounds amazing.
    You had me at cheese foundue! The pot looks really nice, and perfect for two.

  67. Heleneposted March 18, 2011 at 8:40 am Reply

    I usually do meat fondues and now I should start doing cheese fondues. That looks so yummy.

  68. Loriposted March 18, 2011 at 11:00 am Reply

    I loved hearing about your honeymoon story. Very sweet. And what yumminess followed.

  69. Victoria @ Mission: Foodposted March 18, 2011 at 11:09 am Reply

    I would love a small Le Creuset French Oven, maybe the 2.75 qt size :)

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  73. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted March 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Oh I love fondue! This Dubliner fondue sounds incredible and well as the Guinness floats! Mmm.. :)

  74. Kitaposted March 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm Reply

    Besides you offering an awesome giveaway (which, btw, annny Le Creuset piece I would love to add to my kitchen) I had to comment and say I love the idea of a Dubliner fondue! That’s genius.

  75. Susiposted March 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Your first month of marriage sounds like such a wonderful time. My husband and I would love to do that some day :o) Your fondue looks fantastic. I’m a big fan of dubliner cheese and we would love this. We actually eat fondue or raclette quite frequently as a family and it is always so much fun!

  76. I love your tradition. How wonderful that you can relive a special time with every use of a fondue pot!

    I’ve been thinking about what made my chicken stock darker ever since you commented on it. Since I just made another batch, I figured it out. It’s something I’ve done since my mom taught me; when I chop up the onion to put in the pot, I leave the skins on, which darken the liquid. Just thought I’d let you know why it looks like it does. Cheers!

  77. Gwen~healthymammaposted March 18, 2011 at 6:47 pm Reply

    Not only do I not judge you, I’m right there with you! ;) My sweetie and I were excited to go to our fav Irish pub, Lis Doon Varna last week only to find it closed, out of business. We were so bummed!
    I would love to win this fondu set! Oh the things I could dip into melted cheese…….
    I like the whole kids in the kitchen line!

  78. Gwen~healthymammaposted March 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm Reply

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  79. Gwen~healthymammaposted March 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm Reply

    I tweeted about this giveaway.

  80. pamposted March 18, 2011 at 7:56 pm Reply

    What a fantastic giveaway! I worked my way through college working at a fondue restaurant! Checking out their site…I had no idea you could get those cute blue measuring cups from Nigella!

  81. Ellie (Almost Bourdain)posted March 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm Reply

    Guinness floats!! How interesting. Going to try to make it soon.

  82. Magic of Spiceposted March 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm Reply

    What a lovely post and I want to try one of those floats :) Great giveaway too!

  83. Maralyn Hillposted March 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm Reply

    I’d love a Kitchenaide Mixer. I gave mine to my daughter 5 years ago and miss it so much. I thought I could get by with a hand mixer, but it’s so many steps backwards.

    Of course I’d also enjoy the fondue pot as I love Dubliner cheese.

  84. Dmarieposted March 19, 2011 at 4:39 am Reply

    le Creuset anything would be well loved in my kitchen! I’ve heard that amazing cookware makes a difference and have been jonesing for it ever since!

    love the fondue post…attended a fondue party once and still remember every bite of it.

  85. Sommerposted March 19, 2011 at 7:38 am Reply

    Nope. It was design by Shauna Callaghan. You can link to her at the bottom. :)

  86. Betsyposted March 19, 2011 at 9:00 am Reply

    I want the KitchenAid Artisanÿ® Series Almond Cream Stand Mixer. As Pioneer Woman would say, it’d make my skirt fly up. That is if I wore skirts ;) This is such an awesome giveaway and what a great story and tradition. Thanks.

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  93. Chef Dennisposted March 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm Reply

    hi Sommer
    your guinness float looks like a great way to celebrate any day! I could certainly go for one now!
    We’ll have to try one at the festival!

  94. Pattyposted March 20, 2011 at 10:24 am Reply

    I’d choose the Le Creuset 3.5 qt. pot – in the new purple, of course.

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  96. The Food Houndposted March 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm Reply

    I love Dubliner cheese, and I LOVE your Colorado story and annual lunch date! The BH and I have all kinds of traditions like that, too :) I am not a beer fan, but I think I could do a number on the chocolate floats sans beer :)

  97. Tiffanyposted March 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm Reply

    I love the idea of a beer float!

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  99. Eileenposted March 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm Reply

    Those Guinness floats look very inviting! And, I love fondue…. I’ve been looking for a good recipe. Thanks for sharing. Love the fact you guys got to go to Colorado for a month long honeymoon!

  100. Erin Aposted March 21, 2011 at 7:22 am Reply

    This all looks great! Love using a good stout in recipes! I made/posted Double Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream buttercream using a Young’s Double Chocolate Stout in the cupcakes. So good!

  101. Stevieposted March 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm Reply

    Your story is so charming that the give-away seems almost distracting. Of course, who wouldn’t want to win? I’d like the Tyler Florence Santoku knife should I be so lucky. I’ve met Tyler and I really need a Santoku. Enough said.

    About your romantic story regarding your marriage, visit to Colorado and bringing the newborns to an Irish pub on St Patrick’s Day, wow! I love to go wine tasting in California with tiny children. You get much better service! Plus it is so cute. Your brilliant not succumbing to prudishness.

    The fondue sounds marvelous. I adore Guinness and am convinced that anything made from that has to be perfect.

  102. Niveditaposted March 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm Reply

    I would love to have the Capresso grind and brew coffeemaker…..!!!!!! This fondue pot is gorgeous !!! Wish i get to be lucky !!!

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    On Central Chef, I really need the set of stackable cooling racks. It’s one of those things that I intend to buy, but keep forgetting. : )

  105. Lynnposted March 24, 2011 at 10:57 am Reply

    Only one? I would love to have the Le Creuset Caribean Enameled Cast Iron 3.5 quart braiser. What a beautiful pot!

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  108. A Canadian Foodieposted March 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm Reply

    Love the story of how your family tradition of fondue cooking began. I can imagine it with the Rocky mountains so close to me here in Edmonton. Mountains and fondue seem to go together and your recipe looks outstanding. But the floats? can’t get my head around those. Love the concept, though.

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  111. TidyMomposted March 10, 2012 at 7:32 am Reply

    I love your non traditional ideas Sommer!
    and that float needs to get in my belly now!!

    Thanks for linking up to I’m Lovin It! I featured your post in my wrap up!

    Have a great weekend!

  112. Estellaposted March 17, 2012 at 10:03 am Reply

    I love the cast iron skillets!

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  119. franktposted June 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Would be great if you gave some temperatures, (medium, medium high, etc), for the fondue.