Le Creuset L2138-2767 Enameled Cast Iron Moroccan Tagine, 2.5-Quart

Last updated date: May 19, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2


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Overall Take

Cook and serve your meal all in one dish, with this durable cast iron pot and stoneware lid. In addition to cooking, the cast iron pot can be used to keep food cold on hot summer days. The set is dishwasher safe, and can withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. In our analysis of 10 expert reviews, the Le Creuset Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Tagine, 2.5-Quart placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
255 user reviews
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What experts liked
The Le Creuset Enameled (about $230) will be a dish you both cook in and serve from at parties because it's so beautiful. It boasts a large rim, making it easy to get a grip on this when taking it out of the oven and carrying it to the dinner table.
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This tagine is also dishwasher safe
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From The Manufacturer

For centuries, North Africa has had access to a myriad of wonderful spices to complement the region's diverse selection of seafood and meats. The traditional method of cooking in North Africa--the Tagine--has been used for centuries to slow cook with these spices. Precious little water is needed to keep foods moist, and the unique design of the Tagine lid locks in the combination of flavors. The base in this model, made of cast iron, works with any heat source: gas, electric radiant or solid plates, ceramic, halogen, induction, and Aga-Rayburn-type stoves. The tall, inverted cone shape keeps the top far from the heat source and from absorbing the heat, and thus stays cool to the touch. Le Creuset has also included many wonderful North African recipes for the Tagine, including soups, main dishes, salads, and desserts. Create a truly traditional North African feast with this amazing kitchen supplement. --Teresa Simanton

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An Overview On Tagines

If you’re thinking of making a delicious meat or vegetable Moroccan or North African dish, filled with aromatic sweet and savory flavors, you will probably get the best results from a tagine. This traditional cookware consists of two pieces: a wide pot and a conical-shaped lid. The pot typically has a wide base to fit in a large quantity of food, while the tight-fitting lid is designed to keep the steam inside, circulating throughout the food while it slow cooks. The condensation drips back onto the pot, keeping the food inside tender and moist.

Traditionally, tagines are used over a charcoal fire. However, they can also be used on the stovetop or in an oven depending on the material they are made out of. A classic tagine is made out of earthenware, but you can also find some that are made from metal or flame-proof glazed ceramic. Keep in mind that some tagines on the market are just designed to be serving dishes, and cannot be used in an oven or on the stove.

If you’re using a clay tagine, note that it requires special care. You will need to season the pot before it can be used. By seasoning the tagine, you seal the clay, making the pot more durable for cooking. Begin seasoning your tagine by soaking it in water for at least 2 hours. After that, let it air dry. Brush the pot and the lid with olive oil, both inside and out. Then, you need to put it in a cold oven and set it to 300°F, leaving it in for seven to 24 hours. After that, carefully take out the tagine, and brush the inside with olive oil again. After letting the oil soak for a few hours, your tagine is seasoned and ready to use.

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Cooking food in a tagine is a simple process that even beginner cooks can master. Begin by bringing your tagine to room temperature. If it’s stored in the basement or garage, for example, you’ll want to warm up the pot first before putting it into the oven, as this can cause it to crack.

Saute your onions and spices lightly in a frying pan, and then transfer them to the bottom of the tagine pot. Add in the meat, vegetables and grains, and pour over the liquid. Keep in mind that the steam will circulate as it cooks and the condensation will go back into the dish, so you don’t need to add too much liquid to the pot.

Cover the pot tightly with the lid and then place in the oven or on the stove for several hours, according to the recipe. Don’t open the lid until the meal is cooked, otherwise, the steam will escape. You can serve your meal in the same vessel, but be sure to place a coaster under the pot, so you don’t burn your table.

The Tagine Buying Guide

  • The first thing to consider when buying a tagine is how you want to use it. If you’re looking to just use the tagine as a serving dish, then you don’t need to worry about whether it can be used in an oven or on the stove top. Most tagine serving dishes come in bright colors with intricate patterns, and make quite the impression at the dinner table.
  • For cooking, you will be able to find unglazed clay tagines, which require seasoning before use. You can also find glazed tagines, which are ready to use. The glaze makes the pot more durable, and also stops the food from sticking to the bottom. There are other materials used to make tagines as well, such as stainless steel, cast iron and ceramic. These materials are more durable than clay, and don’t require a heat diffuser like the traditional material does.
  • While classic tagines typically don’t have handles on the side, they can be really helpful to use in the modern kitchen. Having a tagine with handles makes it easier and safer to move the pot in and out of the oven or on and off the stove.
  • While clay and cast iron tagines require special care and cleaning instructions, most ceramic and stainless steel tagines can be cleaned easily in the sink. Some can even be placed in the dishwasher, making cleanup a breeze after a delicious meal.
  • One of the most essential components of using a tagine is keeping the steam and moisture inside the pot with the conical lid. As a result, you’ll want to look for a set that has a tight-fitting lid. If the lid can’t seal with the pot, then the moisture will escape during cooking, resulting in a dry and unappealing meal. Be sure to get a tagine where the lid is designed to fit tightly over the pot.