How a Better Pan Can Make You a More Adventurous Cook

Cooking a new-to-you dish can be nerve-wracking: getting the timing right, making sure the sauce comes together properly, and hoping that it pops out of the pan at the end. But while there’s no way to know ahead of time if a recipe will turn out perfectly, using high-quality cookware can help safeguard against any potential errors as you navigate a new technique, ingredient, or cuisine, by giving you consistent, even heat, stick resistance, and little luxuries, like pour spouts.

When you’re ready to take those next steps in the kitchen, here is the cookware—and recipes—that will help you do it with confidence.

Crispy Skin, Not Crusted On

Instead of letting the rookie nerves get to you when you’re trying to master a new skill, have kitchen confidence with next-level stick-resistance. Cooking fish with crispy skin can be one of the most intimidating cooking tasks: non-stick pans won’t allow you to get the shatteringly crisp texture you desire, and other types of pans will cause that beautifully cooked skin to stick to the pan or tear when you lift the fish out—leaving some of the tastiest bits behind! Enter All-Clad’s stick resistant technology in the All-Clad D5 Brushed Stainless 10-Piece Set. The patented technology of five alternating layers of responsive aluminum and durable heat-diffusing stainless steel makes sure every speck of skin browns and crisps, while the interiors have stick resistance so you’ll be able to slide your spatula underneath, flipping the whole fillet in this crispy fish with brown butter sauce.

Clean Pours for Killer Carbonara

High-quality cookware heats up evenly, so that you can be confident that the food around the edges will cook at the same speed as those in the center, and responds quickly to changes in temperature, both of which are so necessary for nailing the nuances of certain dishes. Spaghetti carbonara seems easy—it’s bacon and egg pasta, what could go wrong? But to make this renowned Italian specialty, there’s a lot of movement involved. You’ll want to start with a pan heavy enough to give you good browning on the guanciale without burning it, and light enough that you can easily pour off the excess fat—a step that will make you thankful for pouring lips on the All-Clad D5 Stainless 12″ Fry Pan. With the correct pan, you’ll be able to leave the fat right in the pan and keep it hot until you add back in the pasta and pasta water. The even, residual heat left from cooking will warm the egg mixture to just the right temperature resulting in the silky sauce that coats noodles and wows dinner guests.

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