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Use and Utensils:
This Anolon pan is compatible with Induction Cooktops, Solid Plate Cooktops, Ceramic Cooktops, Gas Cooktops, Radiant Ring Cooktops and Halogen Cooktops. It is also oven safe up to 500 degrees. The fact that this piece of cookware is compatible with so many cooking surfaces is nice bonus because it means if you upgrade to a different cooktop there will be no need to get a new casserole pan. This pan will most likely work with what ever stovetop technology you choose to go with.
We do not recommend using metal utensils with this pan because scratching its surface will permanently damage the pan. Wooden or Nylon utensils would be our suggestion when cooking with this casserole pan.
How does it Perform?:
To test this casserole pan we chose to cook Cajun Style Cubed Steak With Spiced White Sauce. This recipe allowed us to test how this versatile cookware performed on the stove top and in the oven.
The stove top preparation took place on a ceramic stove top using medium to medium-high heat. Our first step in preparation was to sear the meat using low-high heat however, because of the thickness of the casserole bottom we had to use medium-high heat. The fact that we had to use a higher heat than normal to sear didn’t cause too much of a bother.
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Due to the size of the pan we were only able to sear one piece of meat at a time but the searing went very well overall and the pan heated very evenly. After searing we made the spiced white sauce by cooking and simmering various ingredients on medium heat. The sauce preparation went very well and the even heat distribution combined with the non-stick interior of the pan made it easy to create a creamy sauce that didn’t stick to the bottom.
When the sauce was ready, we added the meat to the sauce. We then covered the casserole pan with the lid and placed the covered dish in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes on the middle rack. The pan performed very well in the oven and it took the estimated time to finish cooking this dish in the oven.
The high sides of the pan made the size of the pan less hindering when it came to the oven cooking step of the recipe. When placing the dish in the oven to finish, we were able to place six steaks with the sauce in the casserole pan.