If you love cooking gourmet food, you are going to love the La Plancha. The La Plancha is a cooking appliance designed for outdoor use that has a smooth enameled cast-iron surface. This unique surface enables a style of food preparation called “cooking by contact” which is very popular amongst leading French chefs. Using this method, the food is cooked rapidly, healthily and has a delicious taste.
There are many advantages to cooking with the La Plancha. First, the food is cooked in a healthy and fat-free way. Unlike a traditional BBQs there is no contact with a flame. The La Plancha sears the food and keeps it crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. Since the food cooks in its own juices, you don’t need to add any extra oil.
Secondly, with the La Plancha you can really experiment cooking gourmet food. You can cook anything from meats and fish to vegetables and fruits (using casseroles and double-boiling). It heats up in just 5 minutes and has an upper limit of 680° F (360° C). You can also reach Maillard reaction after 13-14 minutes of preheats. Additionally, since the enamel does not retain odors you can quickly cook one dish after another.
The La Plancha also looks great- the combination of black enamel and stainless steel gives it a very chic look and it is compact enough to easily fit on a small outdoor table. It is also very portable and you can take it with you to the beach or on a picnic and enjoy a wonderful day outdoors. Finally, It’s also very easy to clean and all you need is a little bit of water and some non-toxic detergent.
There are several different models available and you can choose a model with either 1,2 or 3 burners. They all have a thick (7 mm) cast-iron sheet that is molded with a high anti-spatter rim and a Marine-grade, corrosion resistant, stainless steel frame.
Design: La Plancha
Photography: Xavier Leoty