Le Creuset Mini-Cocottes (and What To Put In Them)

About a year ago we mentioned a trend we were seeing in cookware: mini, or personal-sized, pots and pans like Staub and Le Creuset's little cocottes. We are instinctively drawn to these diminutive pots and pans, but we do wonder: what would we cook in them? Le Creuset must have heard this question a lot, because this new set of cocottes in their classic Flame color comes with a booklet of recipes.

The ceramic cocottes are in that highly identifiable Le Creuset color, and they look pretty gorgeous. But they're functional, too, as the press release takes care to point out: they can go from oven to table to refrigerator, and the set will come with a booklet of sweet and savory recipes to help you put them to good use.

The $80 price tag is a little steep for us, but we are still enamored of these small 8-ounce dishes. We like the idea of baked puddings, eggs, individually-sized lasagnas and gratins...the list goes on and on.

What would you serve in these little cocottes?

• Source: The Gourmet Retailer

Related: Hot Trend: Mini Casseroles, Pots, and Pans: International Home and Housewares Show 2008

(Image: Le Creuset via The Gourmet Retailer)