This copper and stainless multi-purpose fondue set has a ceramic insert that acts as a double boiler so you can use one fondue for three different types of fondue - meat, cheese and chocolate. Originally a humble peasant dish in Switzerland, fondue has become a sophisticated, stylish way to serve and enjoy snacks, meals, and desserts. Swissmar's Lausanne 3-in-1 copper fondue set, with its warm, inviting glow, makes it oh-so-tempting to explore the mouthwatering possibilities available with oil, cheese, and chocolate. Traditionally shaped with sturdy proportions and large handles, this modern version of the earthenware original combines communal tradition with lighter, more efficient construction and versatile design.
The 11-piece set starts with a handsome and efficient 18/8 copper-plated stainless-steel pot sitting in a sturdy rechaud stand. The two metals work together to offer an ideal combination of rapid heating and even, long-lasting heat distribution with no metallic taste. A removable splatter ring on top is notched with nooks for six numbered stainless-steel forks to keep hands safe, cool, and confident while dining. Underneath, an easily accessible paste/gel fuel burner allows chefs to control the temperature for best cooking results. To melt cheese or chocolate, add the high-sided, 1.3-quart ceramic bowl insert and use water in the pot to create a double boiler that won't burn the delicate ingredients within but will keep them wonderfully smooth and bubbly. For meat, remove the insert and pour oil or another fondue broth right into the 1.9-quart pot itself--the liquid will remain at a consistent 350 degrees F. Also included are easy recipes to get the party started, and extra ceramic inserts are sold separately to add courses and choices. Voila! Now it's time to invite five friends, get creative, and concoct anything from tomato and basil Gouda appetizers to a ginger chicken main course to spicy Mexican chocolate desserts! --Kara Karll