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Thanksgiving Broth Fondue Ideas – Fun with Fondue, Issue #69
November 22, 2019

Only a little more than a month left in this decade! To say it went fast is an understatement!

But alas, the holiday season is upon us and with that comes all the parties and entertaining. If you are like me, you want something that is easy but memorable. Fondue is the answer, no matter what the menu!

Monthly Fondue Tip

What is Broth Fondue?

Broth fondue isn't anything like chocolate or cheese fondue, but it shares a few things with oil fondue. It's really flavorful, social, and best of all, it's probably the “healthiest” of fondues (at least when it comes to calorie count and fat content).

What Pots Are Suitable for Broth Fondue?

Oil or broth fondue pots have to withstand higher temperatures, that's why they're made of copper, stainless steel, or cast iron. Broth fondue burners normally use liquid alcohol and you'll have to keep your burner at maximum heat most of the meal so your meat can cook fairly fast. Broth and oil fondue pots have a splatter guard that also serves to hold your fondue forks in place while the meat cooks.

Of course, many electrical fondue pots are suitable for broth fondue, and many fondue pot makers now offer versatile pots that are suitable for various types of fondue.

Here's an example of a Broth Fondue Pot (it also has the ceramic insert that turns your pot into a double-boiler so you can use the same pot for oil, broth, cheese and chocolate fondue.)

Oil Vs. Broth Fondue

Oil fondue requires meat cubes and broth fondue requires thinly sliced meat (as thin as shaved roast beef or other deli-type meat slices). If you can't find broth fondue meat in the freezer section of your grocery store or in Asian grocery stores, ask your butcher to freeze an eye-of-round piece and slice it at the thinnest setting. The richness of the dips and side dishes will also vary from oil to broth fondue, but the idea and overall meal process is similar.

Fondue Dipping Sauces

Broth fondue, like oil fondue, uses dipping sauces which are used AFTER you cook your meat. I recommend you prepare at least 3 dipping sauces.

Here's a brief overview of the broth fondue cooking process:

  1. Wrap a slice of raw meat around your fork and cook it in hot broth.
  2. Transfer the cooked meat to your plate to cool off a little.
  3. Use a regular fork to dip your piece of meat into a dipping sauce and enjoy!

While you could serve just the meat and dipping sauces, this would make for a very plain meal.... I recommend you also prepare side dishes for your guests (salad, potatoes, rice, bread, etc.)

This is just an overview of what broth fondue is about.

If you'd like to give it a try but are unsure how to pair dips, broth, and side dishes, you can learn a lot more and get perfectly paired recipes for a complete beef broth fondue meal by purchasing the Complete Guide to Hosting a Greek-Inspired Beef Broth Fondue Dinner. This ebook comes with a lot more than recipes. You can read the full description and buy it here.

Monthly Recipe Recommendation

Use Your Turkey Bones to Make Broth Fondue

After roasting your turkey, here's how you can turn your turkey bones into your very own delicious homemade turkey broth! If you don't intend to use it within a few days, you should freeze it with the fat layer intact until you thaw it. (Remove the fat layer before use.)

I recommend using different types of vegetables (raw cherry tomatoes, raw button mushrooms, steamed cauliflower, steamed broccoli) and meat in this broth (beef, chicken, turkey...).

And YES, you can cook various meats and veggies all at the same time in the same pot, just adjust your cooking time to ensure poultry is fully cooked and your turkey-broth dinner will be awesome!

Here are three dips I recommend you serve with this broth fondue:

Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Honey Mustard Dip Recipe

Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Need Help?

Again, if you want someone to hold your hand and guide you through your first broth fondue dinner and give you a shopping list, table setting instructions and more, here's a complete guide that I created that contains all the information you need for a BEEF broth fondue dinner for four people:

Food For Thought

“Do not arouse disdainful mind when you prepare a broth of wild grasses; do not arouse joyful mind when you prepare a fine cream soup.”

- Dogen

That's it for now. Talk to you again next month as we celebrate the December holidays!

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

You'll hear back from me next month as we prepare for back to school!

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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