Try to stick to peanut oil or canola oil. Other oils have lower smoking points.
Equipment for Oil Fondue
You must use a copper, stainless steel or cast iron fondue pot for oil fondue. The other types of fondue pots are NOT designed to be used with hot fondue oil and could present a safety hazard and even crack under the high heat.
DO NOT use ceramic or stoneware pots.
Traditional pots use a burner of some sort but lots of electric fondue pots are now available. If possible, choose a pot with splash guards or some curvature at the top to prevent hot oil splatters.
If your pot is not equipped with anything that could prevent oil splatter, do not fill it to more than 1/2 capacity.
How to Prepare Oil Fondue
You will need to select tender meat cuts such as tenderloin or sirloin and trim all visible fat and remove all sinew. A typical person will eat about 0.2 kg of meat (about 6 to 7 ounces).
Cut the pieces into bite-sized servings (i.e., 2 cm wide cubes or 3/4 inch wide) and blot your meat with paper towel or some other absorbent material. Always keep your meat refrigerated until you're ready to eat and if you're serving different types of meat, keep them separated to prevent contamination or salmonella.
It's easier to heat up the oil on the stove but you have to be extremely careful when pouring the hot oil into the fondue pot. Fill the fondue pot to 1/2 or 2/3 of its capacity and ensure that it's located where it won't be knocked over.
Everyone should be able to easily reach the pot to dip their forks into it. If your fondue pot has a handle, make sure that it's out of the way to prevent a sleeve from getting caught around it. If you are using an electric pot, make sure the cord is safely out of everyone's way.
Heat up the oil until it reaches about 180 to 190 Celsius (about 350 to 375 Fahrenheit). If you don't have a deep-frying thermometer, you can test the oil temperature using a piece of bread. Simply drop it into the oil when you think the temperature is right and wait to see how long it takes for the bread to turn golden brown. If it takes about 30 - 45 seconds, then your oil is ready.
Your guests can now place a piece of meat on a fork and dip it into the hot oil. Your meat will cook within a minute or so. Be careful with chicken or meatballs to ensure that the meat is cooked through.
Always let your meat or veggies cool off on your fondue plate before eating them and keep in mind that the fondue fork will be extremely hot! Use a regular fork to eat and only use the fondue fork for the actual cooking
Dip your cooled-off meat or veggies into one of your oil fondue dips and enjoy!
Oil Fondue Recipes
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