Fondue Bourguignonne, or raw meat and vegetables
cooked in a fondue pot of hot oil, is a delicious way to
bring friends and family together
Photo by kawanet
I never had oil fondue, or fondue bourguignonne, until the first Christmas I spent with Jeremy’s family. We brought the raw shrimp and a couple of bottles of wine, and, in an impressive display of efficiency and time management, my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law provided beef, chicken, scallops, an array of chopped vegetables, and a dozen different homemade fondue dipping sauces. The table was covered with the feast and to ensure we all got our fill, we used two fondue pots heated by gel burners for just the four of us.
My own family has a big ham every Christmas, along with green bean casserole, the potato casserole with the cornflakes topping, and a salad with bacon vinaigrette. I was ambivalent about Jeremy’s family's Christmas fondue bourguignonne dinner, but his mom won me over.
"I was tired of spending all day cooking for a meal that was over so quick," she said. "This way, we all cook together and we get to enjoy each other's company longer."
If that doesn't put you in the mood for the holidays, I don't know what will!
Piece by piece, we ate our way across the table, cooking each bite in the simmering oil, just like Japanese tempura.
Photo by jetalone; Fondue bourguignonne dinner party
Any lingering doubts about the fitness of shrimp for a winter holiday meal was soon erased by the awesomeness of the delicately fried meat and vegetables, cooked to perfection, and dipped in all the sweet, savory, and spicy sauces. It was like a circus of good food.
If you haven't tried sharing a fondue bourguignonne with your friends and family yet, I recommend you get on that right away. Alternatively, you can try our Japanese tempura recipe, broth fondue, fondue cooked in wine, or a Chinese hot pot meal. It's also very versatile-just skip the meat and use all vegetables to make it a vegetarian fondue.
Photo by chilebeans; This fondue looks awesome, but please use a splash guard!
Tips for preparing and serving oil fondue
Some other tabletop-cooking recipes you might enjoy:
Tempura: Like a Japanese fondue bourguignonne.
Dessert tempura: Battered and fried fruits dipped in chocolate fondue.
Easy chocolate fondue: It's what's for dessert.
Traditional raclette: Yet another exciting way to melt cheese on bread and potatoes!
Some of my favorite online stores might have just what you need for your next tabletop meal!
Asian Food Grocer has a great selection of essential ingredients and many hard-to-find items.
Cilantro Cook Shop has a great selection of quality raclette and fondue sets.
For The Gourmet has an amazing selection of cheeses and chocolates.
Sephra specializes in chocolate, caramel and fruit fondues... and fountains.