Consider New Uses for Your Roaster

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Today's Tax Day. Not the most auspicious day to bring up one of the most expensive pans we own ... or is it?

See, we recently bought an All-Clad Petite Roti. It was an obsession for a while; a couple of holiday roasts, some roast chickens. But now we admit we're really only using it once, maybe twice a month.

No matter how sexy-shiny our All-Clad roaster it is, in order to justify the purchase, we need to cook with this $159.99 pan more than once a month. Down with expensive, single use kitchen tools!

Is a roasting pan only for roasting and the occasional lasagna? We happened on this Tyler Florence re-run and got our answer ...Tyler used his roasting pan to make spaghetti and clam sauce. He started the pancetta, clams, and garlic on the stove in the roaster. Then he popped the whole thing in the oven to finish it, waiting for all the clams to open.

Perfect solution, Tyler. Wise way to take advantage of the stove-top cooking properties of high-end roasting pans. Plus, since the roaster is big, the clams have plenty of room to spread out. When we made clam sauce, the pan we picked didn't have enough space to easily open up.

Has anyone used a roaster for this kind of cooking? Who has more smart uses for the roaster? It's not just for Thanksgiving turkeys anymore.

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