German Meat Fondue With Broth (Fleischfondue)

Beef Fondue

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Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
944 Calories
52g Fat
51g Carbs
70g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 944
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52g 66%
Saturated Fat 21g 104%
Cholesterol 358mg 119%
Sodium 1260mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Protein 70g
Calcium 441mg 34%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This German meat fondue (or fleischfondue) is cooked in hot broth instead of hot oil, which is delicious and lower in fat, which many people prefer.

Because broth boils at 212 F/100 C, the meat will take longer to cook, but that only enhances the party experience. Be sure to serve a green salad and some fresh bread or a baguette to shorten the wait.


  • For the Broth:
  • 1 large onion (peeled and cut in half)
  • 4 ounces leeks (about 1 cup, chopped)
  • 3 to 4 carrots (peeled and cut into large pieces)
  • 4 ounces celeriac (or 3 ribs celery, chopped)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 quarts vegetable stock or broth
  • For the Meat:
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin (or boneless pork chops)
  • 1 pound mixed ground meat (1/2 pork, 1/2 beef)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 slices white bread (cut into breadcrumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Ground paprika (to taste)
  • 3/4 pound cocktail sausages (cut into 1-inch lengths)
  • For the Vegetables:
  • 1 pound cauliflower
  • 1 pound zucchini
  • For Sauce 1:
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Sweet paprika (to taste)
  • Optional: lemon juice (to taste)
  • For Sauce 2:
  • 1 cup schmand (or creme fraiche)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

Note: While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this German meat fondue is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Prepare the Broth

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large saucepan, brown the cut surface of the onion without oil.

  3. Add the leeks, carrots, celeriac, bay leaf, peppercorns, and broth.

  4. Bring everything to a simmer and cook for at least 15 minutes. When it is time to eat, strain the broth into a fondue pot and place on the table over the heat source for your fondue.

Prepare the Meat and Vegetables

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. While the broth is simmering, cut the pork into bite-sized pieces.

  3. Mix the ground meat with the egg and breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and paprika. Form into bite-sized meatballs and place in the refrigerator until serving time.

  4. Place cocktail sausage slices in a serving dish.

Prepare the Vegetables

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Clean and separate the cauliflower into bite-sized chunks.

  3. Cut the zucchini into quarters, lengthwise, then into 1-inch pieces. Place in separate serving dishes.

  4. Keep everything covered and cool until the party begins.

Prepare Sauce 1

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Chop about 1/4 cup chives into small rings and place in a bowl with the sour cream. Add salt, pepper, paprika, and optional lemon juice to taste.

Prepare Sauce 2

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a small bowl, mix together schmand or creme fraiche, chopped parsley, mustard, salt, and pepper to taste.

Setting up the Actual Fondue Party

  • When it is time to eat, place the fondue pot filled with broth on the warmer (rechaud) in the middle of the table. Each person should have his or her own fondue fork. Place the serving dishes with the food on the table and let everyone pass them and place some meat and vegetables on their plate.
  • Each person places 1 or 2 pieces of food on a fondue fork and dips it in the simmering broth. After 2 or more minutes, the tidbits are done. They are removed from the fork to the plate and new tidbits are placed on the fondue fork.
  • Each person adds a dollop of the sauces to his or her plate and dips the cooked food in them.
  • Many different combinations are possible. Some people like to drink the broth after the food has finished cooking. One suggestion is to scramble two eggs and swirl them into the broth (like egg-drop soup) and then serve it hot to the guests.

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