Well, terracotta is a material that is just naturally built for baking purposes. Not only does it distribute heat evenly, making for perfect bakes, it also has a porous texture that produces crusts that are just right.

The use of terracotta is not new. In fact, it stems from cooking techniques in the Roman empire and today, its revival is taking place all over the world with many chefs choosing to cook with terracotta.

If you’re wondering where and how to begin, let’s get you started. Buy your terracotta bakeware at ellementry.com and you can just bake in it and serve in it too as its rustic charm sets the right tone to any table.

Here is 1 recipe to get you on your way:

Vegetarian Creamy cauliflower au gratin

 Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup steamed carrots finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup steamed corn (without the cob)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 bell pepper and one capsicum
  • 1 tablespoon white flour
  • Some finely chopped parsley
  • A mixture of dry Italian herbs
  • Salt, pepper, paprika
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Grated ginger and garlic one teaspoon each optional

Method:

Take a pan and add the white flour with the butter, when it starts to smell cooked, add the milk on low flame and stir well to avoid forming lumps, add the ginger and garlic, along with salt, pepper, paprika, fresh parsley, and dried herbs and bring to boil until it reaches a good consistency like a sauce.

Mix the cauliflower with other steamed vegetables in a dish and rub in some butter to enhance their taste, add the hot white sauce to it. Grease a baking dish, pour the vegetables with the white sauce in it. Add the grated cheese and top it with rings of green pepper and tomatoes as a garnish. Bake in a pre heated oven for 30 minutes until the top turns medium brown, serve with crisp garlic bread.

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