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"They" say that fondue is back. I hope it really is because it's delicious, easy to prepare and  a delightful way to entertain. I have very fond memories from the
mid-1960's of dining with friends who loved to serve Beef Fondue. We never
tired of it and are looking forward to participating in its revival. (MG)


Fondue Bourguignonne
Gourmet October 1968

2 pounds fillet of beef

Cut the beef into 3/4- to 1-inch cubes. Place the meat in a serving
bowl or on a platter and garnish it with

Salad greens.


1 cup unsalted butter

by melting it in a small saucepan over low heat until froth rises. Carefully spoon off the froth and pour the clear fat off of the milky sediment that
settles to the bottom. Combine the clarified butter with

2/3 cup peanut oil

in a fondue pan and heat the mixture until it bubbles. Adjust the heat the
keep the butter and oil bubbling hot all during the cooking process. Put
the fondue pot in the center of the table within easy reach of all guests.
Supply each guest with a fondue fork and a dinner fork. Arrange on the
table an assortment of sauces and relishes. A total of six is traditional.
Each guest serves himself with cubes of raw beef and the selection of
sauces and relishes. With a fondue fork, a cube of beef is speared and
held in the boiling fat until it is cooked to taste. The beef is removed to
the plate and transferred to a cool dinner fork. The meat is dipped into
sauce and eaten immediately.
Some sauces suitable for fondue are Hollandaise, Béarnaise, tomato mayonnaise, curry cream, anchovy mayonnaise, mustard cream and horseradish cream. Relishes are chutney, bottled horseradish, hot and
mild mustards, mustard pickles, pickled onions, pickled beets, olives,
capers and chopped scallions.

Tomato Mayonnaise

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons tomato purée
A dash of Tabasco
1 medium tomato

In a bowl combine the mayonnaise, cream, tomato purée, and
Tabasco. Peel the tomato, cut it in half, and squeeze out the seeds.
Cut the tomato pulp into small pieces and fold it into the mayonnaise
Shop for TABASCO(R) sauces and specialty foods.

Cumberland Sauce

3 shallots
1 orange
1 lemon
6 tablespoons melted currant jelly
5 tablespoons Port
Pinch of ginger
Pinch of cayenne

Chop the shallots very finely, parboil them 1 to 2 minutes and drain
them well. Remove the zest from the orange and the lemon, cut it into
very fine julienne and parboil it in water to cover for 5 minutes. Drain
the zest well.
Combine the shallots with the orange and lemon zest and add the
juices of the orange and half the lemon. Stir in the melted currant
jelly, Port, ginger and cayenne.

Sweet-and-Sour Sauce

1 green bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed,
coarsely chopped
1 onion, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons oil
3/4 cup beef stock
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon bottled Chinese brown sauce
1/2 cup diced pineapple, drained
Lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Sauté the bell pepper and onion in oil until tender. Stir in the
stock, soy sauce, molasses, and brown sauce. Add the pine-
apple and simmer the sauce about 10 minutes. Season it with
lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Pepper Relish Mayonnaise

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoon heavy cream
1/3 cup sweet pepper relish, well drained
Lemon juice

Mix the mayonnaise with cream and sweet pepper relish.
Add lemon juice to taste

Curry Cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
Lemon juice
Curry powder

In a bowl combine the mayonnaise, and sour cream.
Whisk in lemon juice and curry powder to taste.

Anchovy Mayonnaise

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon capers
1 tablespoon chopped anchovies
1 tablespoon finely chopped hard-cooked egg
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 small garlic clove, minced
Pinch of tarragon
A few chopped olives

In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.


Cheese Fondue
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1 garlic clove, cut
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1 pound Swiss cheese, diced (not grated)
2 teaspoons potato starch or cornstarch
3 tablespoons kirsch
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Cubed French bread for dipping

Rub inside of earthenware casserole with cut garlic clove. Pour in the
wine, heat it over alcohol burner with slow flame and add Swiss cheese.
(It is important that the cheese be cubed, not grated.) Bring mixture just
to boiling point, stirring constantly with wooden spoon until cheese is
melted and creamy. Blend the potato starch or cornstarch with the kirsch,
stir it into the cheese mixture and season with freshly ground pepper to
taste. Serve fondue in casserole over burner with flame turned to lowest
heat possible, to keep fondue hot.
Serve with cubes of French bread speared on long fondue forks and
dipped into fondue as desired by each guest. Serves 6.


Chocolate Fondue
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6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons)
crème de cacao
Cake and/or assorted fresh fruits,
cut into bite-size pieces

In a double boiler over warm water combine the chocolate, sugar,
whipping cream and butter; stir frequently until melted, about 10
minutes. Add crème de cacao and blend mixture well. Serve the
fondue with cake and/or assorted fresh fruits. Serves 6.

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