tomato gratin. And wouldn't this new piece from Le Creuset be perfect for recipes like that?
This bowl is shaped like a tian, the round, angled, deep casserole dish that French cooks often use for gratins and other baked suppers. I love this shape of dish, but it is actually rather difficult to find. I have looked for it in many places, but aside from a few clay versions in specialty shops (like Bram) they seem to be nonexistent in American cookware. So I was delighted to see this version from Le Creuset. They call it a cassoulet dish, and indeed it is the right size and shape to make traditional cassoulet. But it would also be wonderful for other summer gratins, and even as a salad bowl. And oh, all that yummy Le Creuset color, too!
This bowl actually comes in two versions. There is a smaller, 26-ounce stoneware bowl which can be purchased individually: • Find it: Le Creuset 26-Ounce Cassoulet Bowl in Cherry, $21.95 at Cookware.com But there is also a larger, 4 1/2 quart enameled cast iron bowl, with a lid, which right now is being offered as a set with four of the stoneware bowls at Williams-Sonoma: • Find it: Le Creuset Cassoulet Set, $199.95 at Williams-Sonoma Have you seen this set in person yet? How does it look? Related: Cassis and Lilac: New Colors from Le Creuset (Image: Le Creuset)