If you’ve watched Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa on TV, you know how graceful and magical she is in the kitchen. Ina whips up beautiful meals for herself and her husband, Jeffrey. And why not — she spent many years as a professional chef and caterer. That’s why we trust her implicitly when it comes to high-quality cookware. Among her favorite brands is Le Creuset, known for its sturdy construction and hefty price tags. So we were thrilled when we learned that Sur La Table is offering epic early Black Friday deals on Le Creuset. You can save up to 40% on the brand that's often regarded as the pinnacle of kitchenware, so it would make an excellent gift for yourself or anyone in your life who loves to cook.
Le Creuset makes some of the best Dutch ovens out there, and they're beautiful, to boot. This classic round Dutch oven is made of sturdy cast iron and enamel, polished and finished by hand; the colorful exterior is designed to resist chipping. It retains heat brilliantly. At 3½ quarts, it's perfect for soups, sauces and one-pot meals.
"This is an incredibly versatile and useful pot," shared a happy home cook. "I love cookware that serves multiple functions, and this one does just that. I use this pot to cook soups, stews, beans, lentils, rice, risotto, edamame, pasta sauce, quick vegetable stocks and blanched veggies. I use this pot so much that it doesn't even go into a cabinet. I just leave it on the cooktop after cleaning it. ... This pot looks every bit as good as it cooks."
Though Le Creuset is most famous for its enameled cast iron cookware, it also makes stoneware that’s ideal for baking and casseroles. This rectangular baker has a lovely finish that's resistant to chips and cracks; since the surface is non-porous, it won’t absorb odors or flavors. The handles make it easy to take out of the oven, and the dish is so pretty, it can go straight to the table, filled with lasagna, roasted veggies or desserts. Plus, the lid doubles as a platter!
"I love this combination of the baker and platter," wrote a five-star fan. "It is one of my go-tos, from casseroles to cakes. It is thick and heavy, perfect for the oven and cleans like a dream. Classic quality you expect and get from Le Creuset."
Everyone needs a good cast iron skillet for frying up grilled cheese sandwiches, steak and more. This 9-inch beauty is especially sturdy and long-lasting, thanks to its chip- and crack-resistant enamel. It's ideal for cooking with oils and high heat, and it's also oven-safe, which is great for slow braises or getting extra browning under the broiler. Bonus: It has sloped sides and spouts to make pouring off excess grease a breeze.
"What a pleasure to use this Le Creuset skillet!" gushed an enthusiast. "My husband uses it for eggs several times a week, I use it for toasting a sandwich at lunch and for a beautiful presentation of hot dips straight from the oven. It heats quickly, has proven to be nonstick, looks gorgeous from oven to table and will be a hand-me-down gift for generations to come."
If you're looking for a more affordable gift with the Le Creuset label, consider this darling 8-ounce cocotte that's on sale for less than $25 right now. It has a premium enamel-glazed interior that's easy to clean and perfect for heating up individual servings of cozy favorites like baked ziti, stew and more.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.