Hot or Not? Frittata Pans from Williams-Sonoma

Our initial reaction to these nonstick frittata pans from Williams-Sonoma was that this was just another space-gobbling unitasker. Then we saw that there were actually two separate pans interlocked at the handle and were intrigued.

A pan specifically designed for making frittatas seems like a paradox: if you're making enough frittatas to justify an actual pan, then you're probably skilled enough not to need one.

We also wonder if these pans would be more trouble than they're worth. When making a frittata in a regular old pan, either you stick it under the broiler or flip it over to finish cooking. Using these Williams-Sonoma pans, you'd need to preheat the top pan so the frittata would continue cooking evenly when flipped. This could be an annoying extra step.

We do like the fact that the pans come apart, allowing us to use them for other kitchen duties. While the product description doesn't specifically state if the pans are the same size or not, they do mention using the top pan for crepes. This leads us to believe that the top pan is slightly more shallow than the bottom.

• These pans are available from Williams-Sonoma for $99.95 for the 8-inch pan and $135 for the 10-inch pan.

Related: Recipe: Frittata with Roasted Green Chiles, Summer Squash and Potatoes

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