I just love the idea of starting a meal on the stove and finishing it off in the oven! This super cute Japanese poêle ceramic pan from Pod is perfect for just that! I made this delicious shakshuka over the weekend flavored with ras el hanout spice blend, sautéed onions and tomatoes with eggs cracked right into the sauce and finished in the oven.
What is Ras El Hanout ?
This spice blend is commonly used in Northern Africa and can vary slightly from region to region. Cmmonly, you’ll find it is made up of warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, allspice, ginger, turmeric, paprika, black pepper and chilies. So much of this spice blend overlaps with the spice blends that I typically use in Indian cuisine that this particular dish makes for a familiar flavor to the eggs yet different enough for me to feel excited about.
Cooking with the Poele Ceramic Pan from Japan
I partnered with Pod, an eclectic home goods store in Cambridge, MA for this recipe and came up with this egg dish to illustrate the versatility of their stovetop and oven-safe Poele ceramic pan. Some of you know of my “slight” obsession with all things Japanese, and the addition of this ceramic pan to my burgeoning collection of pots certainly didn’t disappoint. What I absolutely loved about this ceramic pan was how evenly it heated up on the stove. The onions cooked evenly and the tomato sauce bubbled away gently. The best part of course was cracking the eggs right into the flavored tomato sauce and place it in the oven for final cooking. It’s always a bonus when you only have 1 pan to clean up at the end of it. And not only was this pan functional, I gave it top marks for beauty as well. Served table side, this meal alongside some deliciously crusty bread practically cleaned up for me!