While I do love to cook, I don’t love to clean. Especially as we are getting ready for our newest baby’s arrival, I don’t want to spend a lot of time on dishes. That means I am usually digging to find easy, one-dish recipes. That way, I’ve only got one pot or pan sitting on the counter at the end of the night when I’m completely done messing with the kitchen.
So, when I was offered to try a Ceramicplus French Garden Lasagna Dish from Villeroy & Boch, I couldn’t say no. In order to get a good take on its performance, I made a black bean and rice casserole one night and enchiladas the other. To give it a true test, I left the dish out, unwashed, over night after we finished off the meal. Yes, we will say it was for science.
Here is my take on its features.
Ceramicplus Repels Baked-On Foods
This was the biggest draw for the Ceramicplus dishes, in my mind. Despite having glass dishes and more serving-friendly cooking options, I tend to reach for the non-stick cake pan when I make a casserole or lasagna, simply because it is non-stick.
Despite having left the pans out, dried on cheese and all, the dish was relatively easy to clean. I didn’t have much luck with a soft cloth at first, as they suggest, but it didn’t take more than a bit of gentle scraping with a rubber spatula to do the trick, then finish up with a soft cloth.
Oven, Microwave and Dishwasher Safe Bakeware
Because of the design, the lasagna dish looks as though it could be simply a serving dish. That, of course, would defeat the purpose. So, “oven safe” is a great label to see on a pretty dish like this one.
What I didn’t expect to see was “microwave and dishwasher safe.” Now, I’m not sure who has a microwave that will hold a 15” lasagna dish, but I suppose it is nice to know that you can microwave it if you do. My dishwasher, on the other hand, can hold it quite nicely. It’s non-stick surface works well with this feature, considering that you don’t have to soak it before popping it in the dishwasher. Just knock the main bits of food off and stick it in the dishwasher.
All in all, if you serve meals frequently or need to simplify your cleaning time, the Ceramicplus dishes may be worth the investment. Also in this line is a square baker, quiche dish and smaller lasagna dish.
Disclosure: UntrainedHousewife was provided with this dish for review purposes.