Things We Love: Terra Cotta Cazuelas

I love the warmth of terra cotta pots and bowls, and perhaps my very favorite example of this red clay cookware is the cazuela — a shallow Spanish dish that has also been thoroughly incorporated into Latin American cookware.

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Cazuelas are ubiquitous in kitchens influenced by Spanish cuisines — in Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In fact, some recipes are now just called cazuela (like the original casseroles, which also took their name from the dish itself). A classic Chilean soup is just called cazuela.

These terra cotta dishes are safe for cooking over a fire or the stove, in the oven, and in the microwave, and they are also so beautiful that they can come straight to the table. They are made in a huge range of sizes — from tiny salt pinch pots to enormous pans made to cook a feast.

I feel like they are the ideal dish for serving olives and other Mediterranean nibbles, and for baking Latin American-inspired chicken stew.

Find them:
4.5 Inch Terra Cotta Cazuelas (4 Pack), $19.99 at La Tienda
3-Quart Cazuela, $28 at Bram Cookware
1 1/4-Quart Cazuela, Mocha Brown, $24 at Bram Cookware

Do you own any cazuelas?

Related: Bram: Clay Pot Cookware

(Images: Orce Serrano Hams; Bram Cookware)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.