Beef Fondue

In this classic French dish, cubes of beef are cooked in sizzling oil, then dipped into a horseradish-spiked sour cream sauce or bottled barbecue sauce. (Be careful serving it to young children.) On the side, serve slices of French bread and a hot vegetable, such as steamed green beans or broccoli.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 8 or 9 beef cubes)

Ingredients

  • About 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds high-quality steak, such as boneless sirloin or tenderloin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Horseradish-Spiked Sour Cream
  • Bottled barbecue sauce

Preparation

  1. 1. Place the oil in a fondue pot or medium saucepan and heat over moderately high heat for about 10 minutes, or until quite hot. (To test: Place a few breadcrumbs into the oil; they'll sizzle if it's hot enough.)
  2. 2. While the oil is heating, trim any excess fat off the beef and cut into 1-to 1 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a bowl and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  3. 3. Remove fondue pot from the stove and set it over Sterno or a candle. Spear a piece of meat on a fork or skewer and dip it into the hot oil. (The oil should bubble furiously; if it doesn't, it isn't hot enough. Return the fondue pot to the stove for a few minutes over high heat and try again.) For medium beef, cook about 5 to 8 minutes. When the beef is cooked, remove from hot fork and place on plate to cool. Serve with dipping sauces.
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