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Can I use my Le Creuset for roasting?

TorontoJo Nov 9, 2010 02:57 AM

I sear my beef tenderloin roast before putting it in the oven, which usually involves messing up two pans, because my roasting pan doesn't seem to like the direct heat of the stove, so I sear in a big frying pan, then transfer to the roasting pan. I'd use my cast iron skillet, but it's too small. I was wondering if I could use my 8-quart oval Le Creuset to sear and then pop the whole thing in the oven for roasting. Will the high sides prevent the roast from cooking properly?

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    link_930 RE: TorontoJo Nov 9, 2010 06:25 AM

    Yes, you can use your Le Creuset to sear. Never tried a straight roast, but I surmise that if there is enough space in the pot for heat to circulate, it shouldn't be a problem.

    1. Samuelinthekitchen RE: TorontoJo Nov 9, 2010 07:17 AM

      absolutely! it makes a fabulous roasting pan - so long as not crowded

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        janniecooks RE: TorontoJo Nov 9, 2010 07:45 AM

        You wrote that you sear the tenderloin in a big frying pan then transfer to a roasting pan. Is there a reason the tenderloin can't just go right into the oven in the big frying pan in which it was seared?

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          TorontoJo RE: janniecooks Nov 9, 2010 07:52 AM

          Well, duh (*smacks herself in the head*). Not in the pan I usually use, but yes, I could totally do that in the big Calphalon pan that I have tucked away above the fridge. Out of sight, out of mind?

          Thanks janniecooks! :)

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            janniecooks RE: TorontoJo Nov 9, 2010 12:40 PM

            sometimes it seems the most obvious solution is hidden from us! you're welcome.

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