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Pot O’Gold Fondue for St. Patty’s Day – Fun with Fondue, Issue #74
March 10, 2020

The warmer temperatures hopefully have found you as springtime is here! I’m loving the warmer days and sunshine!

We are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this month and what better way then with a pot of gold? Fondue oil that is! We will talk about which beef is the best for oil fondue.

Monthly Fondue Tip

Choosing Beef for Oil Fondue

Fondue Bourguignonne or oil fondue is all about frying delicious cubes of meat in oil (normally peanut, vegetable or canola, but you can use clarified butter. (More information here.)

But you don't want your meat to be tough!

So how do you avoid that?

First, do NOT use stew meat. You'll need to purchase tender cuts of beef, such as tenderloin or filet mignon, and cut your meat into bite-sized cubes. Normally, the more tender a cut, the more expensive it is, although this rule of thumb doesn’t work if there are sales.

You'll want to purchase about 1/2 pound (or 1/4 kg) of beef per person, but you can adjust that quantity based on your menu or the appetite of your guests. (Will people be full after your appetizer?)

If you're on a limited budget, you could purchase a less tender cut of beef, cut it in bite-sized pieces, and then let it marinate overnight to tenderize it. However, if you go this route, make sure to pat dry your meat before placing it on your dinner table. Marinated meat will often splatter much more than "plain meat."

Monthly Recipe Recommendation

Fondue Bourguignonne

Keeping with the previous tip and the St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold theme, I recommend you try fondue bourguignonne this month:

Find recipes here:

Oil Fondue Recipe

You can also cook other types of meat (or veggies) in the same fondue pot (pork, chicken, etc.)

Don't forget to select two to three dips to go along and prepare an appetizer (optional) or side dishes like a salad, potato dish, etc. If you want a full and perfectly paired menu, you may be interested in purchasing my French-Inspired Beef Oil Fondue Guide. You'll get the complete French-inspired menu (with perfectly paired dips, appetizer, side dishes and dessert along with drink recommendations), invitations, nutritional information, timeline (so everything is ready when your guests arrive), and much more. While it is French-inspired, you can use the guide and put any spin on it you would like (including an Irish one!).

Food For Thought

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.”

- Orson Welles

That's it for now. Hopefully this pot of gold will bring you some joy for St. Patty’s Day! We’ll be back next month with some Easter Fondue ideas.

Feel free to visit the site and browse through the collection of fondue recipes.

Until then, be careful with open flames and have fun with fondue!


Caroline Begin (en français)

P.S. New to meat fondue? Get the complete guide to hosting a Greek-Inspired beef broth fondue dinner today!

BestFondue volume 2: Greek-Inspired Broth Fondue

P.P.S. Or try fondue bourguignonne. Get the complete guide to hosting a French-Inspired beef oil fondue dinner today!

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