Fondue

Fondue

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Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery

This means ‘melted’ in French, and the name now applies to a number of dishes. It is the name of a cheese dish, melted in wine, which originally came from Switzerland; under the same name comes a beef fondue from France, and a dessert fondue. Certain vegetable preparations are also called fondue, where they are cooked for a long time, often in butter, until reduced to pulp. Tomato fondue is used in the preparation of many dishes. Fondue utensils: Fondues are traditionally cooked and served in a communal pot, a legacy from the Switzerland of long ago when cooking and eating utensils were scarce. Today we still use just one pot for fondue, placed over a table burner. Each person is given a fork and spears a cube of bread, meat or fruit for dunking in the pot before eating.

The traditional fondue pot for cheese is made of earthenware and is wide and shallow, although cast iron pots can also be used. Those for beef fondue are of metal – copper or stainless steel. Spirit burners, used for cheese and meat fondues, should be sturdy and easily regulated. For dessert fondues, use decorative ceramic pots kept warm over the gentle heat of a candle.

Fondue Bourguignonne: Pieces of tender steak are speared and cooked in melted butter or a mixture of oil and butter for a minute or so until done to the guest’s taste. The meat is then dipped into one of several sauces before it is eaten. The sauces may be tomato, curry, béarnaise or soy, and it is traditional to try all the sauces on the table.

Dessert Fondue: Made with hot chocolate melted in cream and flavoured with a liqueur. Squares of cake, marshmallows or fruit are dipped first into the sauce, then into desiccated (shredded) coconut or nuts.

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