Le Creuset cookware is pricey, but my sister swears by her expensive cast-iron/enamel Le Creuset Dutch oven, as do multitudes of online reviewers.
So, at the Mojo flea market yesterday at the Santa Rosa Vets Hall, I boldly inquired about the price of an oval cast-iron pan. “$15,” said the lady. “They’re worth a lot more. This one was $65.” She said it didn’t originally come with a lid.
The price has gone up since then.
I currently have 3 cast-iron pans, one standard size and two large ones, but this one appealed to me both for the Le Creuset name, and because I thought it would work well in stovetop-to-oven cooking (e.g., for filet mignon) in my oversized convection toaster oven.
Researching at home, I learned that Le Creuset calls their current version a “sizzle platter,” though eBay users also call them griddles and fajita pans. After a cleaning and reseasoning, this pan should be a nice little workhorse. Hmmm, what else can I use it for? (If you have any ideas, please leave them in the Comments.)
P.S. “Le Creuset” translates into English as “the Crucible,” from the medieval Latin cubiculum, and refers to a pot used to heat other metals to the melting point.