Melting Pot’s Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue

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The Melting Pot’s Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue is one of my favorite copycat recipes. Smooth, creamy melted cheese with spinach and artichokes that add incredible flavor!

Melting Pot’s Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue with skewers.
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  1. Melting Pot Fondue Recipe Ingredients
  2. How to make The Melting Pot’s Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue
  3. What to Serve with Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue
  4. Tips to Making the Best Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Storing Homemade Fondue
  7. More Fondue and Dip Recipes
  8. The Melting Pot’s Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue Recipe

This spinach artichoke cheese fondue is creamy and has all the flavor from the artichokes right in the fondue. This recipe tastes exactly the same as the fondue we had in the restaurant it is rich, smooth, and perfectly creamy. And the best part is, you can make it yourself for a fraction of the cost of eating it at the restaurant.

Experience the Melting Pot fondue in your own home for half the price! This homemade fondue tastes just like the Melting Pot and is the perfect copycat recipe. Grab your fondue maker and let’s get started making the best spinach and artichoke fondue recipe!

Melting Pot Fondue Recipe Ingredients

Six simple ingredients to make the best spinach and artichoke fondue! It is so simple to make and the fondue pot does all the work. Add in all your ingredients with little to no preparation and stir them together making this the best copycat Melting Pot fondue!

  • Vegetable broth – This will be the first ingredient that goes into the fondue maker. This gives it flavor and the liquid helps keep the artichoke dip smooth when stirring together.
  • Spinach – Fresh spinach that is loosely packed will be thrown into the fondue pot. It will give texture and flavor to every bite.
  • Artichoke hearts – Chop the artichoke hearts into smaller pieces. Once the cheese is melted you will see small green bits that are stirred in the fondue. It makes this copycat recipe look gorgeous in the fondue pot.
  • Garlic – Add in minced garlic for an extra savory flavor.
  • Butterkase cheese – This is a MUST-have for this recipe! You will love the soft cheese and how creamy this cheese is melted. Make sure that you grate your cheese before adding it to the fondue pot.
  • Parmesan cheese blend – Find the bag that is fontina and parmesan cheese. This will also need to be grated in order for it to melt properly.

How to make The Melting Pot’s Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue

Spinach artichoke cheese fondue is a highlight appetizer for our family! It takes a little bit of time to set up and melt the cheese but it is all worth it in the end. Slowly heat the fondue pot, soften the greens then melt the cheese for the most flavorful appetizer. It is worth the extra time!

  1. Heat fondue pot – Heat vegetable broth in a fondue pot or similar cooking pot. 
  2. Soften – When hot (do not bring to a boil) add spinach, artichoke hearts, and garlic and mix well. Continue to cook until the spinach and artichoke hearts soften.
  3. Melt the cheeses – Combine the Butterkäse and Parmesan/Fontina grated cheeses, and add to the broth a little bit at a time, stirring constantly. 
  4. Melting pot – Continue melting a stirring until you have added all the cheese and the consistency is smooth and creamy.  
  5. Serve – Sliced french bread pieces, steamed vegetables, cooked meat, chips, pretzels, or crackers.

What to Serve with Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue

Serve this spinach artichoke cheese fondue with so many delicious options! Prepare your protein, vegetables, and cut-up bread to help make this dipping appetizer even better! Use your dippers to start dipping in all the fun!

  • Protein – Make this fondue recipe a full meal by adding pieces of cooked meat like chicken, beef, shrimp, crab, lobster tails, or sausage. Wrap some pieces of chicken in bacon and you have a real treat!
  • Veggies – Brussels sprouts, broccoli, celery, carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, asparagus, and sugar snap peas. To steam vegetables, you want them to be cooked “al dente” so they are still crisp and fresh, not limp and soggy. 
  • Bread – Chop up french bread or a baguette bag or pretzel bites for thick crusted bread. Artisan breads are best because they have a thick outside layer and are soft to bite into with the savory dip coating it!
  • Chips – You will want a thick chip to dip in the spinach dip. Tortilla chips are best!
  • Crackers – These sometimes are harder to dip. Adding a little fondue onto the cracker with a spoon is best to avoid breaking in the fondue pot. Graham cracker crackers, ritz, or Triscuits are sturdy crackers to dip.
  • Fresh fruits – With this savory dip a little sweetness tastes delicious. Try it with these granny smith apples or cherry tomatoes. Any seasonal fruit that you see fit will go well with this dip!

Tips to Making the Best Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue

  • The cheese – Substitute the cheese for farmer’s cheese or Romanian cream cheese. Make sure that you shred cheese or grate for the best results. It will not be able to melt appropriately if it is not shredded.
  • Do NOT double the batch! We recommend not doubling the cheese or ingredients for this fondue recipe. Unfortunately, the cheese will not melt completely and it will end up in a lump at the bottom of the fondue maker.
  • Dippers – If you do not have enough dippers for everyone, you can carefully use a fork to help dip your sides in.
A chip dipped into the Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue.

“We tried this recipe last weekend when we had some friends over and it was a hit! So delicious! Thanks for sharing!”

-Anna

Frequently Asked Questions

Which fondue pot to use?

If you are a fan of fondue, you are going to love this recipe! A fondue pot is similar to a saucepan except that the fondue warms itself up and does not need an oven. Depending on the size of the family you will be serving will determine how large your fondue pot will be as well as how many dippers you will need. If you don’t have a fondue pot, we highly recommend the medium sized Oster Fondue Pot available at Amazon, Target, and other department stores. It is easy to use and it keeps the fondue at just the right temperature.

What is fondue etiquette?

Before starting your fondue dinner, it is best to set the rules that are asked of everyone. A certain rule we use is not to double dip in the fondue. You can even say all meat first, then veggies, then bread, or go in an order that is best for everyone. Place a small or side dish for each person to be able to have a place to lay their dipper on or their dip.

What is traditional fondue etiquette?

These are funny little things that were previously declared at one point but not used too often I am sure. If a woman drops their dipper or food in the fondue pot must kiss every man at the table and if a man does this they must buy everyone a round of beer or alcohol of choice.

The Melting Pot's Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue surrounded by shrimp, meat, and chips.

Storing Homemade Fondue

Place the cooled leftover fondue in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for three days. When ready to reheat, place it back in the fondue or in a saucepan on the stovetop. Slowly heat up the fondue while stirring it. Do not microwave. The cheese will separate and it will become lumpy.

More Fondue and Dip Recipes

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Melting Pot's Spinach Artichoke Fondue in a fondue pot

The Melting Pot’s Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue

4.42 from 12 votes
The Melting Pot's Spinach Artichoke Cheese Fondue is one of my favorite copycat recipes. Only cook 1 batch of this recipe at a time for the cheese to melt correctly. *See recipe notes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup fresh spinach loosely packed, chopped
  • 3/4 cup artichoke hearts chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 7 ounces Butterkäse cheese grated – if you can’t find this, you can substitute Farmer’s Cheese or Romanian Cream Cheese
  • 5 ounces Parmesan cheese blend grated – be sure to find one that has the first two ingredients as parmesan and Fontina cheese

Instructions

  • Heat vegetable broth in fondue pot or similar cooking pot. 
  • When hot (do not bring to a boil) add spinach, artichoke hearts, and garlic and mix well. Continue to cook until the spinach and artichokes hearts soften.
  • Combine the Butterkäse and Parmesan/Fontina grated cheeses, and add to the broth a little bit at a time, stirring constantly. 
  • Continue melting a stirring until you have added all the cheese and the consistency is smooth and creamy.  
  • Serve with french bread pieces, steamed vegetables, cooked meat, chips, pretzels, or crackers.

Substitution:

  • Fake Butterkäse Cheese (Keep in mind, the fake really isn’t quite as good as the real Butterkäse. Only use this recipe if you can’t find it anywhere): 
  • Mix ½ brick (4oz) of cream cheese with ¼ cup of buttermilk and ½ tablespoon of sour cream.

Notes

*Please do not double or triple this recipe. The cheese is expensive and you will have a big ball of cheese that won’t melt. If you want to prepare this for a large group, prepare one batch at a time. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 184kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 14gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 847mgPotassium: 57mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1095IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 273mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Used to work for them: the key it to coat the cheese in a bit of cornstarch. Put it in a bowl and work it around. Helps it to smooth out the clumps you are getting.

  2. 1 star
    I did not use pre-grated cheese. Also followed the recipe exactly and added it to the hot broth very gradually but it was still a clumped up mess and did not mix with the broth at all. So disappointed, especially since these cheeses were expensive and we tripled the recipe.

    1. I am so sorry that this did not work for you. We don’t encourage doubling or tripling the recipe because it is hard to get all that cheese hot at the same time. If a larger batch is needed, we suggest making one batch at a time.

  3. 3 stars
    Followed the recipe to a T (yes, I used freshly grated cheese – not pre-shredded cheese), and like other reviewers, my cheese turned into a huge clump and would not mix with the vegetable broth. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I love the spinach artichoke dip from The Melting Pot and would love to make some at home for a fraction of the price.

    1. Did you add the cheese just a little at a time until it melted? It may also help to toss the cheese in flour before adding. This will thicken the sauce more so you may need to add more broth but I am guessing it may help with it turning into a big clump. I am not sure if the brand of cheese makes a difference? I will try to look into this further and see if I can find a good solution here. Thanks for letting us know!

  4. 4 stars
    It tastes great I just don’t exactly know what I was doing wrong where my cheese kept clumping with the fork. I did add it gradually I’m just not sure maybe it’s my fondue pot and the wrong temp. Still tastes good. I added a splash of white wine just as a preference.

    1. Oh no! Did you use pre-shredded cheese? Sometimes pre-shredded cheese can have a dusting on it that makes it clump. I bet the white wine was delicious!

  5. I’m so sad. I followed the recipe exactly and the cheese never incorporated into the liquid. The liquid turned a little creamy and then we had a big plastic-ey ball of cheese. I whisked constantly. Such a bummer. I was so excited to try this.

      1. Hi I had the same problem! It still tasted delicious, but yes I added cheese little by little while stirring. Was the heat setting wrong? I didn’t have it boiling but after it wasn’t melting, I tried hotter. It didn’t seem to help

  6. I’m planning on making this with my kids for New Years!
    I do have a question in regards to the cheese blend. Is it pre shredded?
    If so you haven’t had any issues with it melting? The anti caking agents won’t wreck havoc in the melting department?