Meat Fondue Recipes

If cooking meat in a pot of hot oil sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday night, then let me share a few meat fondue recipes with you.

When most people think of fondue, they come up with an image of people sitting around a hot pot with little forks. And they're usually dunking pieces of French bread or vegetables into some cheese. Another popular version of fondue is made with chocolate. You melt the chocolate in the fondue pot and then dip small pieces of fruit or cake into it. But did you know that you can also make meat fondue recipes?

The key to meat fondue recipes is the oil. Peanut oil is the best oil to use in your fondue pot for both flavor and safety. Peanut oil has the highest flash point of the most common cooking oils. That's good because you want to make fondue, not set the house on fire. It also adds a nice subtle flavor to the meat.

Fondue is all about the prep work. No matter what type of meat you choose, whether it's filet mignon, pork loin or chicken breast, you're going to want to cut it into bite sized cubes. Do this in advance so that you can relax during your meal. You might want to prepare a plate of raw meat for each guest and leave it in the refrigerator until dinnertime. Always use caution when handling raw meat.

Heat the oil to 350 degrees in a stainless steel or cast iron fondue pot. Save the ceramic fondue pot for chocolate fondue because it will likely crack when filled with hot oil.

Next you should skewer a cube of meat with your fondue fork and slowly lower it into the pot. Let it cook for 1-3 minutes. The exact cooking time depends on the choice of meat and the desired doneness. Start with one cube of meat and see how you like it, then adjust your cooking time. Longer cooking time for well done, less cooking time for rare, etc.

The best part about meat fondue recipes is the dipping sauces. You'll need to put out at least three dipping sauces for your guests but five is even better. Dipping sauces can also be prepared in advance and be sure to give each guest their own bowls. Nothing spoils a fondue meal quicker than someone complaining about double dipping.

Here's some dipping sauce recipes to get you started.

Bearnaise Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Shallots (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Parsely (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tarragon
  • 1/4 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1/4 cup Tarragon Vinegar
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Add Shallot, Parsley, Seasoning, Wine and Vinegar to a pot

Boil mixture until reduced by 1/2

Strain liquid and cool

Beat in Egg Yolks and Butter

Mixture should be consistency of Mayonnaise

Hollandaise Sauce

  • 4 ounces Butter
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Water
  • Salt to taste

Melt Butter - Do not brown

Remove from Heat

Mix rest of ingredients in blender

Spoon out bubbles from butter

Add butter to running blender

Horseradish Sauce

  • 2/3 cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Horseradish (grated)
  • 2 Green Onions (chopped)

Whip the Whipping Cream

Mix in the rest of the ingredients

Chill for at least an hour

There are lots of different options and combinations when it comes to making meat fondue recipes. Choosing beef, pork or chicken is only the beginning. There are also many different dipping sauces to choose from too. But the best part about meat fondue recipes is trying them all.

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