Not only are baking dishes great for baking your favorite cake or cooking and serving up a filling meal for the family, the perfect piece can add flair to your kitchen.
Get quirky in the kitchen with a casserole dish that has a fun decorative element like a porcelain chicken, perfect for serving a savory baked chicken (of course!). Go for one that's finished with a smooth glaze (except for the bottom, which will allow for heat absorption). The material can be used in the oven, and it is microwave and dishwasher safe.
Cast-iron cookware can be pretty heavy, even before you add all of your recipe's ingredients. There are cast-iron casseroles that are half the weight of comparable models, however. A nonstick cooking surface on the inside and stay-cool handles on the outside allow you to take it from the stovetop to the oven to the dishwasher.
If you wish to avoid cookware made of metals and glass, a ceramic baker is a safe and healthy alternative. Terracotta pots are all natural, and helps ensure that your recipe doesn't lose any vitamins and minerals. Plus, they're is cadmium- and lead-free.
A stoneware roaster with handles is a fun way to add some earthy zest to your meal. Use it to make a hearty baked ziti, a sweet pineapple casserole or even to serve hors d'oeuvres at your next dinner party. The perfect dish will have a nonstick exterior and nonporous interior.
Black goes with anything — a universal rule that can be applied from your closet to your kitchen. Cook your casserole right on the stove with a stylish dish that can hold a couple quarts. You can also turn up the heat on any dish in the oven up to 500 degrees if it's ceramic.
Traditional with a twist
Be traditional with a twist of color! Choose a classic stoneware casserole dish in your favorite color or pattern. Not only will it suit your personality, but it'll be perfect for evenly heating your deepest dishes in the oven, broiler or microwave. Also, a chip-resistant enamel finish goes a long way.
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