Inspired by traditional French braisers, which employ both wet and dry heat to break down and tenderize tough cuts of meat, this versatile buffet casserole comes in handy for a variety of culinary endeavors. Its gently curved sides, shallow profile, and wide, flat base allow for techniques such as poaching, searing, roasting, and browning. The buffet casserole holds 2-1/4 quarts and measures approximately 10-4/5 by 13-2/5 by 4-3/5 inches.
Made of heavy-duty cast iron, the cookware's colorful, long-lasting exterior enamel resists chipping and cracking, while its durable, nonreactive sand-colored interior enamel offers a smooth surface for cooking and an optimal palette for food presentation. As cast iron is unexcelled for even heat distribution and superior heat retention, and enamel is impervious to acids and odors, the unit browns and cooks food uniformly and gently without hot spots and can be used for marinating, cooking on the stovetop, or finishing in the oven. The casserole comes equipped with two cast-iron loop side handles to facilitate convenient transport, and its secure-fitting lid locks in heat, moisture, and flavor. The lid also comes fitted with a black phenolic knob that's oven-safe to 350 degrees F. Beautiful enough for the table yet durable enough to outlive its lifetime limited warranty, the cookware can be safely used on any stovetop, including induction, and should be hand washed for best results.
Beautiful enough to bring to the table and durable enough to outlive its 101-year warranty against defects, this heavy casserole is perfect for preparing and ceremoniously serving a dish such as baked pasta or braised short ribs. Use it in the oven or on the stovetop. Made of cast iron, with an exterior and interior clad in Le Creuset's famous bright enamel, the casserole holds 3-1/2 quarts and measures 12 inches in diameter and 2-1/2 inches high without the lid. Cast iron is unexcelled for heat distribution and retention, so this casserole cooks foods evenly and gently without hot spots. The knob on its heavy, tight-fitting lid is ovenproof to 450 degrees F. Loop handles facilitate carrying, and the casserole is dishwasher-safe. Like all Le Creuset products, this casserole dish is made in France. --Fred Brack