- Handmade by skilled artisans
- Great for serving soups & stews
- Lead-free, food-safe
- Size - 4 x 4 oz/1/2 cup
Cazuelas, terra cotta dishes, have been used in Spain for literally thousands of years -- from the humblest home to the grandest manor house. Terra cotta is basic earth, low fired with an interior glaze.
A 4.5-inch diameter dish is a handy size to serve tapas such as olives, almonds, caper berries etc. Put an extra one beside the other dishes for olive pits or stems.
The glaze on the cazuelas is lead-free and the cazuelas are safe for the stovetop or oven.
How to Cure Your New Cazuela for Cooking:
If you are planning on cooking with your cazuela, you will need to soak and cure it using the following directions.
Soak the entire dish in water to cover for 12 hours. Drain and wipe dry. Rub the unglazed bottom with a cut clove of garlic (we are not sure how the garlic works, but why argue with tradition?) Fill the dish with water to 1/2 inch below the rim, then add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Place the dish on a flame-tamer over low heat and slowly bring the water to a boil (no flame tamer? Crumple a sheet of aluminum foil and create a ring that you place over your burner to create about an inch of space between the heat and the cazuela).
Let the liquid boil down until only about 1/2 cup remains. Cool slowly and wash. Your cazuela is ready for use - the garlic has created a seal. This technique has been used since the Middle Ages. It seasons the pot, kills bacteria and hardens the unglazed parts.
Especially if you intend to use the cazuela to cook strong flavored fish or seafood, after soaking, rub the inside of the base with olive oil and put into a preheated 300 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours. Turn off the heat and let cool. Either method will strengthen your cazuela.
To clean, soak in sudsy water and scrub with a soft brush to remove any hardened food.
If you have not used the cazuela for an extended period of time, you may need to re-cure it before use.
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Customer ReviewsAverage rating from 9 reviews Write a review
"I love these cazuelas! They are just the right size to serve some of my favorite meals to my friends and family."
ROMAN SOTO FELIU - Saint Paul, MN
"I love it!!!! It's so cute and practical!"
adriana heide - austin, TX
"These worked out great for our tapas recipes!"
Ginger Moore - HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO
"the real deal; different sizes for a variety of uses; wish you had the cuajada cup version"
Bill Woodhouse - Hampstead, North Carolina
MariaCristina - Menifee, California
"Used these lovely little dishes this past weekend for shrimps tapas. They were perfect for my guests."
"Love them--will order more."
"I love these--perfect for creme brulee."
"great as individual ramekins for so many recipes, I use them anywhere that a unique container or dish is appreciated."