- Paella Pan $29.95 – $49.95
Williams-Sonoma has all of the international cookware you need to turn your kitchen into a festival of nations. For the professional chef, a collection of international cookware can help you attract more guests with unique and authentic regional dishes. It can also help you create new fusion items to make a name for yourself in the local culinary scene. International cookware is also great for families who want to introduce worldliness to the dinner table. If you have a foreign exchange student visiting, impress them with a dish made from a piece of cookware from their homeland.
Create authentic cuisine from Morocco using a tagine. A tagine is a vessel made of earthenware ceramic. The material is truly versatile, as you can put it directly in the oven or on the burner. You can also create tagine dishes in the microwave or over an open flame, sort of like a Dutch oven. A tagine works by catching the steam from the food, and then trapping it in the cooking device, making a pot roast, vegetables or slow-cooked chicken even better.
A wok is a staple of Asian cooking, allowing you to heat oil at a high temperature, and then safely stir and toss food in it without worrying about splatter. Find a stainless-steel wok that is easy to clean or a cast-iron wok that retains the flavors of all your favorite fried rice and noodle dishes through the years. Purchase a nonstick wok if you want to start cooking healthier meals for your family that require fewer fats. Make sure to also pick up a wok lid to let foods cook slowly or to reduce the amount of water present in a dish.
Another popular Asian method of cooking is dim sum, but most kitchens do not have the proper cookware sets to make it properly. All you need for delectable dumplings is a bamboo steamer basket. Place this basket on top of a wok filled with water, and then moist dumplings, sticky rice and melt-in-your mouth meats.
Spain is arguably the culinary hub of the world. Its lush farmland and vast coast make its produce, beef and seafood a step above every other country. Make the famous Spanish dish of paella in a specialized pan. The low and shallow design of paella pans evaporate water quickly, allowing for the best rice possible. A cast-iron paella pan retains heat, giving an even cook to all food within it. You can even take your paella pan and place it on the table on top of a special holder for an authentic presentation.
If your family is over pancakes for Saturday breakfast, give them the French treat of crepes instead. Specialized crepe pans feature a light construction and sloped edges that allow you to either flip or turn the crepes with ease. Rivets on the handle of the pan let you swirl the dough around, creating a wider overall surface to stuff with fruits, chocolate or even ham and cheese.
Enjoy authentic curry dishes when you use a Balti dish. These cast-iron pans are a staple in Indian and Pakistani cooking, with rounded sides that let you toss, turn and stir ingredients without them spilling. A flat base makes cooking on top of the stove the optimal way to make any curry dish.
You can even treat your family to a Tex-Mex-inspired feast of fajitas with a set made just for the dish. Cook meat on the cast-iron pan, add peppers and onions, and then transfer the piping hot ingredients directly to the table by laying it down on the wood trivet. Also, use the cast-iron pan to heat up tortillas for an unforgettable meal.