wish LeCreuset would make 1qt size casseroles...
Most nights I cook for 2 & find that rice in particular does not come out well in the even the smallest LC casserole....(about 2 qts, I think)....It cooks perfectly in my 1qt saucepan but I don't like to serve from the saucepan.
Am I the only one who wishes LC would make a 1qt casserole?
They make a standard 1.25 qt. saucepan with handle. A lot of people love to do rice in that. It's pretty enough to serve from. I can't see a one qt. casserole as it's too small to cook in really, and not small enough for a single serving. They also make a small 1.5 qt. buffet casserole you can also make rice in. It's like a two handles frypan, with domed lid. Good for lots of other things too.
While I love my LC 1.25 qt saucepan with handle and use it nearly everyday, I didn't have much luck the one time I made rice in it. It was a weird recipe, and it could have been an ingredient problem, but I thought it was probably that the vent hole in the lid let out too much of the steam. The top layer was crunchy. I'd love to know if other people have had good luck cooking rice in this pot cuz then I'll try it again.
I have the LC 2.75 Qt. Soup Pot that I love for small amounts of rice. The sloped sides help a lot, I think. I usually cook a cup of rice at a time. That may still leave you leftovers if you're just cooking for two, but I've never found any pot that cooked less than a cup in any satisfactory way...
It's interesting... about a year ago I happened to come across a (nearly) 1-qt LC covered casserole while cleaning out a storage closet. I think it was fairly old, although it looked like it had never been used. I couldn't think of a single use for it and I even posted a query here on this board with a photo of the piece. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/42895... I ended up giving it to a friend.