Holiday Fondue Cheeseboard

‘Tis the season for holiday entertaining and epic cheeseboards! Case in point, this Holiday Fondue Cheeseboard that we’re planning to serve at our holiday party this year. This cheeseboard takes the fun of fondue to an all new level and is sure to be a HUGE hit no matter when or where you serve it!  

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A vintage yellow fondue pot is in the background of the image on a wood board covered in brown parchment paper in front of the fondue pot is roasted prosciutto wrapped asparagus spears, hasselback potatoes, and sliced red and green apples.

Cheeseboards are always an easy, festive choice for holiday gatherings, but this Holiday Fondue Cheeseboard allows you and your guests to not only sample from the cheese plate, but to be interactive with it too as they dip and dunk all sorts of delicious goodies until their heart’s and bellies are content.

A yellow fondue pot is on a weathered wooden table. It has two fondue forks in it. Next to it on the table is a large wooden food board piled high with hasselback baby potatoes, sliced red and green apples, roasted asparagus, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, and grapes. There is a glass with a red cocktail in it on the table and a wooden bowl filled with toasted bread cubes toasted with everything bagel seasoning.

While the thought of preparing fondue may seem like a daunting task I assure you nothing could be easier! 

I’ve made fondue from scratch before and while it isn’t a super daunting task it is one more thing to add to your ‘to-do’ list for a holiday gathering. That’s why for this particular holiday fondue cheeseboard I am taking a shortcut on time but not on quality by enlisting the help of Emmi’s Ready-to-Serve Original Fondü. Emmi’s fondue is made by combining premium Swiss cheese, wine, and spices for an original gather around the pot, fondue experience, but is premade for you and packaged so all you have to do is prep your dippers and melt the fondue. Yes, that’s it! Chop, roast/steam, melt, serve, PARTY!!! 

A box of Emmi fondue is on a table with a yellow fondue pot. There is bread in a bowl in front of the box of fondue and hasselback potatoes were behind the box.

Fondue is ALL about the dippers and the dippers are only limited by your imagination!

There aren’t many things that can’t be elevated by dunking them in cheese, but just in case your imagination needs a little kick start here are a few of our favorite Holiday Fondue Cheeseboard essentials. 

steamed/roasted vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus || boiled, hasselback, or roasted potatoes || toasted bread cubes, gluten free if necessary, I sprinkled ours with everything bagel spice || sliced apples and/or pears || fresh vegetables, like snap peas, fennel wedges, carrots, and cherry tomatoes || pickled vegetables, like sweet gherkins (patted dry) and pearl onions || Spicy cured meats, like beef jerky, kielbasa, pepperoni, salami, and sausage || prepared steak or ham || crackers or chips || lightly steamed seafood such as shrimp, crab, or lobster || dried apricots and/or figs || pickled cranberries or apples 

The superstar on our board this year are those prosciutto wrapped roasted asparagus spears! They’re easy to make (scroll down for the recipe) and ALWAYS bring the wow factor. Just be sure if you have vegetarians joining you at your party that you prepare a few asparagus spears without their crispy little prosciutto jackets so they have some too.  

A slice of red apple is on a fondue fork. The fondue fork has dunked down in a yellow fondue pot and teh apple slice is half dipped in cheese fondue. In front of the fondue pot there is a pile of red and green apple slices, hasselback potatoes, and a bowl of pickled cranberries.

Whether you are keeping it simple and just serving bread and apple wedges with your fondue or you’re putting together a platter with a wide array of dippers like this one, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to serving fondue.

  1. Be sure that whatever you’re dipping will hold together when it’s dunked in thick, warm cheese.
  2. If you are choosing foods that would ordinarily be cooked, don’t forget to precook it before the fondue fun begins. Vegetables can be partially cooked while meats should be fully cooked.
  3. Fondue forks are the best choice for dipping since they are color coded. Everyone at the table will know which fork is theirs, and they are long-handled to avoid potential burns from the hot fondue pot. 
  4. If you offer a wide selection of foods for dipping on your Holiday Fondue Cheeseboard, you really don’t need to offer much else.  I do suggest a signature holiday cocktail to go along with your fondue though. My favorite easy sipper to whip up for guests during the holiday’s is my  cranberry sauce dark and stormy. These cocktails are easy to make for a crowd and will use up all of that leftover cranberry sauce you have hanging out in the fridge this time of year. 

Ready to start planning your own festive fondue party? Emmi Fondu can be found in the deli cheese area at your local grocer or specialty cheese shop. Find it near you at emmiusa.com/locator.

There is a large wooden food board on a wooden table top. The board is piled high with roasted asparagus spears, prosciutto wrapped asparagus spears, hasselback potatoes, and red and green apple slices. There is a bowl of pickled cranberries next to the board.

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A vintage yellow fondue pot is in the background of the image on a wood board covered in brown parchment paper in front of the fondue pot is roasted prosciutto wrapped asparagus spears, hasselback potatoes, and sliced red and green apples.

Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Asparagus

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers & side dishes
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: Appetizers & side dishes

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 bunch asparagus, 10-12 spears, trimmed

1012 pieces of prosciutto


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and coat with olive oil.
  2. Wrap one slice of prosciutto around each asparagus spear, starting at the bottom, and spiraling up to the tip. Place the wrapped spears on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove, and shake the pan back and forth to roll the spears over. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes, or until asparagus is tender, and prosciutto is crisp. Serve immediately as is or layer the spears on a Holiday Fondue Cheeseboard. 

Keywords: asparagus, fondue, prosciutto

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