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Tonight if you are looking for something that looks and sounds super fancy, just throw together some beef bourguignonne fondue. It’s just hard enough to pronounce that none of your guests will question it and will likely think you spent hours preparing for this very simple meal. In case you are hurting your tongue over the pronunciation it’s “boor-geen-yawn.”
The hardest part about fondue is selecting the meats and vegetables you want to cook. Of course, traditional bourguingnonne is made with beef cubes, though the addition of meats such as chicken and shrimp are totally accepted.
To really push the fanciness of this meal home, try making some very simple curry pork meatballs with some ground pork, panko, green onions, and curry powder. I made mine about one inch in diameter to ensure quick and through cooking.
Next, make sure you have the proper fondue equipment to contain the oil. The pot needs to be stainless steal, not ceramic, to contain the oil. The use of a chaffer and gel oil is also highly recommended to keep your oil at a steady cooking temperature. The flame alone will not be enough to heat the oil to 350°F, so heat the oil in a pan on the stove and use a thermometer to remove the oil when it hits 400°F.
Transfer the hot oil into the prepared fondue station – whatever metal fixture you might be using to hold the pot with the oil and leave enough room for a chafer beneath. It’s super important the oil only fills about half of the fondue pot so it doesn’t overflow and pop all over the place when people dunk their goodies into the frying hot oil. Light the gel fuel and let the oil ‘cool’ for a few moments before encouraging your guests to skewer their meats and vegetables for DIY cooking.
I also recommend not shoving everything into the fryer at once or else you’ll risk lowering the temperature of the oil and therefore might not have enough heat to cook everything through or the cooking times will be significantly extended. My boyfriend and I started with a few quick pieces, such as the shrimp, while we cooked some steak, chicken, and potatoes. At one time, we might have 3-4 skewered items cooking at once.
Cooking times vary per item:
Potatoes ~ 3-5 minutes
Chicken ~ 2-3 minutes
Broccoli ~ 1-2 minutes
Steak ~ 1-2 minutes
Shrimp ~ 30 seconds – 1 minute
- fondue skewers/forks
- raw food plate DO NOT CROSS CONTAMINATE RAW & COOKED FOODS
- vegetable plate
- cooked food plate/serving plates
- 4 cups vegetable oil
- 3 chicken breast tenders cut into bite size pieces
- 2 filet mignon or comparable quality steak cut into bite size pieces
- 10 tiger shrimp peeled & tail intact
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 6 roasting potatoes cut into halves
CURRY PORK MEATBALLS
- 4 oz ground pork
- 2 tablespoons green onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons red onion finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons yellow curry powder
- 2 teaspoons ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- ¼ cup panko
- salt & pepper to taste
SAUCES FOR SERVING:
- ½ cup favorite BBQ sauce
- ½ cup honey mustard sauce
- ½ cup garlic aioli
- ½ cup creamy horseradish
- Prepare the pork meatballs by combining all of the ingredients into small balls about one inch round in size.
- Arrange the steak, chicken, shrimp, and meatballs on a single raw meat tray. Decoratively arrange the potatoes and broccoli on a separate plate.
- Heat the vegetable oil to 400°F in a pan on the stove. Use a thermometer to confirm the heat temperature, then transfer the hot oil carefully from the stove to the fondue pot. Let the temperature reduce to 350°F and maintain the temperature with a lit chafer.
- Use the skewers to cook the meats according to the guide in the post above. Remember: “Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.” Don't cross contaminate your raw and cooked foods!
- Serve alongside your choice of sauces and enjoy!