Cataplana

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British pronunciation/kˌatɐplˈɑːnə/
American pronunciation/kˌæɾɐplˈɑːnə/
Cataplana
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a traditional Portuguese cooking utensil consisting of two clamshell-shaped metal pots that are hinged together and sealed with a tight-fitting lid

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What is a "cataplana"?

A cataplana, a traditional Portuguese cooking vessel, is a domed, clam-shaped metal pan, usually made of copper or stainless steel, that is hinged along one side and clasped shut. This unique design allows the cataplana to seal in the flavors and juices of the ingredients during cooking, making it ideal for slow-cooked stews and seafood dishes. To use a cataplana, ingredients such as seafood, meats, vegetables, and spices are layered inside the pan, which is then sealed shut and placed over heat. As the ingredients cook, the sealed environment helps to infuse them with flavor while retaining moisture and tenderness. Cataplana dishes are often served directly from the pan at the table, creating a dramatic presentation and allowing diners to enjoy the vibrant flavors of the Portuguese cuisine.

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