A Cozy Night In With Hot Oil Fondue

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Hot oil fondue has been a family tradition my entire life. Every Christmas, we settle in for a long night of cooking meat and veggies in hot oil pots. We’ll have salad and bread, what seems like a million dipping sauces. It’s a slow process — so slow, we typically open gifts while we eat. It is a perfect cozy night in and I love it so freaking much.

Imagine my surprise when I started dating John and found out his family also has a tradition of having hot oil fondue at the holidays. Match made in food heaven? I think so.

(Full disclosure, we don’t call it hot oil fondue. We just call it fondue. But it seems like most people think of cheese dip when they hear fondue so I want to be as clear as possible. )

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Fondue is the perfect group meal for a holiday celebration. Perhaps you live in Minnesota and it is freezing cold on New Year’s Eve and the thought of waiting outside of a nightclub sounds downright miserable? Skip going out and have your own party at home!

Make the night BYOB or ask your guests to bring an ingredient to share. It is the easiest meal to prep for… you don’t have to cook anything ahead of time! Just cut up and season your meat, clean and cut up your veggies, make sure you have some sauces on hand and you’re all set to go.

This is my fondue shopping list. You don’t have to follow it — it’s just what I do. What’s nice about fondue is you can basically use whatever you want and it will be delicious. I've included my family’s recipe for Pink Sauce, a dipping sauce my mom makes every year.

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My fondue Shopping List:

  • Steak

  • Chicken

  • Shrimp

  • Sausage

  • Cauliflower

  • Broccoli

  • Mushrooms

  • Pearl Onions

  • Peppers

  • Canola or Peanut Oil (1 gallon container)

  • Don’t a fondue set? Amazon has a Cuisinart Electric Fondue Maker on sale right now for $46.99 with a Prime membership.

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Karen’s Pink sauce

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream

  • 1/4 c. A1 Steak Sauce

  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1 tsp. garlic power

  • 1 tsp. black pepper

Tips and tricks

  • Lay down a tablecloth you are okay with getting dirty (the oil can fly) or lay out newspaper for easy cleanup.

  • Set your fondue pot to 350° to 375° for easy cooking and test out the temperature with one skewer before getting started.

  • Keep an eye on items like broccoli and shrimp which can cook very quickly!

  • Have an empty container on hand at the end of the meal to dispose of the oil (something that won’t melt like a mason jar).