The Staub journey begins in Alsace, France. Rich in history, food, and craft, it is a region renowned for hearty one-pot recipes. Staub has been producing the best cast iron products for professional and aspiring cooks since 1974. Staub's Tajine is for the well-travelled palate. Staub has evolved the traditional Moroccan tajine with a cast iron base and oven-safe ceramic dome that locks in moisture with no need to open, stir or turn.
Whether it's an old family recipe or a new cuisine adventure, the best way to develop the sweet-and-sour complexity of Moroccan stew is by slow cooking in the traditional tagine pot. Staub's modern version of this vessel combines function and style to create a hardworking, reliable tool that can also go straight to the table for elegant communal dining. Crafted with an 11-inch enameled cast-iron base and ceramic lid for uniform warming and superior heat retention, the heavyweight construction performs best at low to medium temperatures over longer time periods, letting flavors intensify and keeping ingredients scrumptiously moist. The base's dark matte interior is almost indestructible and doesn't need seasoning; rather, the oils produced in cooking seep into the surface pores to create an organic nonstick coating. Fitting snugly onto the base's wide rim, the cone cover concentrates flavors while allowing excess air to escape through the small hole near the top. When it's time to present a steaming hot dish, the knobbed end facilitates lifting. Cast in a single-use sand mold, each tagine has its own subtle variations to make it truly unique. The double-coated enamel resists chips and rust, and the smooth bottom is suitable for any cooking or dining surface. The tagine goes safely into the dishwasher, though hand washing is recommended for heavy use, and it's backed by a lifetime limited warranty. --Kara Karll