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Not Just a Bouillabaisse Pan!!! Great Form & Function
on October 23, 2006
The design of Le Creuset's "bouillabaisse pan" is highly desirable for long simmered broths and stocks because the design of the rounded base gently and evenly circulates heat without inclining towards hot spots. This is the only large capacity-cooking vessel that allows me enough peace of mind to slip in a nap during cooking without any fear of the contents taking off in a roaring boil, or scorching the contents while I rest.
This is a product from the French who some believe have created more soups than any other cuisine. Soup is the satisfying dish that can be made in any kitchen, and in any country. The construction of Le Creuset's bouillabaisse pan will champion excellent results due to its excellent shape and design.
This is the pot for a celebration of spring, with Vegetable Minestrone. On the other hand, Chioppino, the San Francisco favorite, a Genoese fish stew, originally made from small whole fish. - Don't forget to use pasta water, a restaurant "secret" - that frugal traditional housewife's broth that revived the spirit of early chioppinos and minestrone. Remember too, to save the rinds from Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, as they will greatly enhance many soups with their rich flavors.
Le Creuset's bouillabaisse pan is great for caramelizing onions when making the classic Baked French Onion Soup (Gratinee des Halles) - I use this pan for everything from pinto beans, to pre-cooking Haricot Tarbais for cassoulet.
Le Creuset's bouillabaisse pan will accommodate a whole five-pound fryer and enough water for a rich stock. The oven-to-table pan also accommodates a whole chicken and many vegetables, enough to serve six persons. - Toss a few fresh grapes in with the chicken before roasting, the grapes reduce and concentrate in flavor imparting a delicious piquant note to the dish.
The size and tight fitting lid, makes this the pan to use for preparing two uncooked pounds of "fried" basmati saffron rice that I freeze for later uses.
Cooking tip: Allowing any meat stock or broth containing fat to boil will produce a cloudy product. The boiling causes the fat to emulsify with the liquid in an irreversible chemical event. Too much agitation of the stock will also create a tendency towards murky soup stock.