Different recipes call for differently sized casseroles, with certain capacities and shapes being better suited to certain dishes. Wisely selecting a few Le Creuset Cast Iron Casseroles will give you the flexibility to cook whatever you like, as well as the performance you need to cook it better.
This handy guide will help you go about choosing the best size for your needs.
Which size is right for you? Make sure the size you buy suits the number of people you usually cook for and what you like to cook.
Smaller sizes are ideal for cooking smaller one-pot meals for 1-3 people, making sauce and gravy, cooking rice, roasting smaller cuts of meat, simmering vegetables and baking bread, cakes and puddings.
Medium and larger sizes are perfect for cooking one-pot meals for 4-8 people such as chilli, as well as soups, stews, casseroles and sauces, cooking pasta, rice and vegetables and roasting meat, poultry and fish.
Generally the larger the size, the better. Stews and pot roasts need space for heat and moisture to circulate around the ingredients and you can always put less in more but not more in less! It is also very useful to have two sizes to cover a variety of needs, a small to medium and a large. We would recommend a 20-22cm round for the small size and for the larger size to choose between a 24-28cm round, a 29cm oval or a 30cm shallow. The larger sizes are great for entertaining and bigger families.
Lift the lid of the casserole, where the size is shown underneath. Alternatively, look at the bottom of the casserole.
The essential kitchen classic from Le Creuset enhances the cooking process by evenly distributing heat and locking in the optimal amount of moisture. This round enamelled cast iron dish is ideal for simmering tender and succulent one-pot casseroles; as well as for stews, pot roasting, preparing soups and rice dishes, and even baking.
The oval shape of this pot allows you to cook certain things more effectively, especially larger roasts – whether chicken, turkey or a leg of lamb. For an unexpected dish, bake and serve no-knead bread or a marble cake in this oval cocotte. The interior enamel releases baked goods just as easily as soups or stews.
The shallow, wide base of this versatile pot allows maximum contact between the food and the heat, using both wet and dry heats to break down tough cuts of meat and tenderise fresh vegetables. This cocotte is perfect for family-sized meals such as paella, seafood linguine, couscous and more. It is great for holding foods that are marinating; and also makes for a stunning serving dish.
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