Friday, September 16, 2011

Beef Fondue with Sauces

Many moons ago, AKA four years ago, my dear husband got me a fondue pot for Christmas.  Well, that pot has been hibernating that sweet little cylinderical box all this time. I've never seen a fondue recipe in any of my cookbooks, and it's not like we have this capability to access millions of free recipes at the tips our fingertips.  Needless to say, I took out a steak to thaw for dinner, and while I was perusing a new cookbook, I stumbled across this recipe.  I busted out the fondue pot.  You should have seen me trying to figure out how to work the thing.  I thought for sure that when I put a match into the gel fuel, I was going to singe my eyebrows or blow the house up.  It did not do either of those things, but I did let out a little yelp when it ignited.  I'm not sure it was a yelp of fear or a yelp or excitement.  Either way, this fondue stuff is the way to go. 

 Beef Fondue with Sauces
source: Taste of Home Cookbook (the green one)

Curry Sauce:
1/4 c mayonnaise
1 T curry powder
1 T milk
1/4 t hot pepper sauce

Mustard Sauce:
2 T mayonnaise
2 T dijon mustard
1/2 t hot pepper sauce
1/2 t garlic clove, minced

Onion-horseradish sauce:
2 T finely chopped onion
2 T mayonnaise
1/2 T prepared horseradish sauce
1 t water
dash hot pepper sauce

beef tenderloin
canola oil (I used vegetable oil)

Combine the sauce ingredients in three separate bowls.  I didn't have any horseradish, so I just put A1 in there.  Next time, I'm going to saute a tablespoon of minced garlic in a half stick of butter for a minute and add some cracked pepper.  That will be my third sauce.  These were tasty sauces though!

Heat the oil in a saucepan and bring it to about 300 degrees.  Pour the oil into your fondue pot and ignite (without singeing eyebrows or yelping) the gel fuel.  Place it under the fondue pot to get the oil a bit hotter.  When you place the meat in there, it should bubble quite a bit.  Leave the meat in there for 2-3 minutes, depending on how you like your steak done.

 Get all the pokers and dip away!  Let me just tell you, that my five year old daughter thought that this was the coolest thing ever.  She kept wanting to get everyone's stick to see if the meat was done.  So cute.  When I told her that I'm going to do a dessert fondue, her eyebrows went up, her jaw dropped, and she gasped! 

This was so much fun.  I can't wait to find that treasure trove of fondue recipes that is on the interweb.  This fondue pot shall rest no more!


  1. your so funny. We do spaghetti sauce in the fondue pot, then make sausage meatballs and garlic bread. The kids love it!

    1. Umm.. That is brilliant! My kids would love that!