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  1. 7 Ways to Use Our Minis

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    When we have done food events in the past, it has often been our mini pans that attract people to our stand. After the initial ‘ooohs’, ‘aahs’ and declarations of cuteness, people nearly always ask ‘but what would I use them for?’

    Well you’d be surprised just how useful they can be. Here’s a few things we like to do with them.

    1 Pot Pies

    ProWares Cast Iron Mini Casseroles 2

    Serving in a Cast Iron 10cm Mini Casserole is a great way to make individual pot pies that are not only sure to impress at a dinner party but provide a more generous portion than you might think.

    2 Toasting Nuts and Spices

    Proware Balsamic Pear Salad

    This helps release the aromatic compounds in nuts and spices, intensifying their flavour which can really improve things like curries and salads. We recommend using a Copper Tri-Ply 12cm Mini Frying Pan thanks to its compact size.

    3 Butter, Brandy and Basting

    In a professional kitchen the Copper Tri-Ply 9cm Mini Pan would likely be referred to as a butter pan and would be used extensively in the making of sauces and sweets. This functionality carries through to home kitchens too! Warming brandy for the Christmas pud, basting meats when barbecuing or infusing oils for bread, pasta and salads.

    4 Serving Dips and Sauces

    ProWare Dips

    Our Mini Casseroles are a great size for the table. The thermal retention of cast iron also means it can keep its contents warm (or cold, just pop in the freeze for 20 mins before serving) for a long time. Find some great dip recipes here.

    5 Frying an Egg

    Breakfast for one? A Copper Tri-Ply 12cm Mini Frying Pan is the perfect diameter for a single fried egg.

    6 Cooking for Kids

    If you’re warming baby food or cooking a small portion of veg, the Copper Tri-Ply 9cm Mini Pan comes in very handy.

    7 Serving Veg

    Whether you’re planning a romantic meal for two or a dinner party for ten, our copper and cast iron minis make for beautiful tableware to make your food feel that bit more special.



    Tip: Small pans can be unstable on some hobs. If this is the case with yours we would recommend a hob reducer to ensure your pan is properly supported.

  2. Time For a Dip – 3 Summer Recipes

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    Summer is finally on it’s way and we all champing at the bit to dust off the barbecue, wait for a gap in the clouds and enjoy some al-fresco dining. Dips are the ideal summer food; cool, quick and easy. They are especially great for entertaining, often requiring little to no cooking and can be ready to serve in minutes with some crusty bread, vegetables or tortilla chips. Likewise, they can be made in advance and kept in the fridge until needed.

    We have some great recipes for you to try. All of these will work perfectly for an impromptu barbecue, a party or just a Friday night in with a bottle of wine. All of these dips are suitable for vegetarians and don’t require a food processor!

    Whipped Feta Dip

    This is a great way to incorporate the fresh tang of feta in to all sorts of things. Try it in a sandwich with some avocado and sliced cucumber. Remember, a little goes a long way as it’s quite rich.

    Serves: 4

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Cooking time: No cooking required


    • 250g feta cheese
    • 85g full fat cream cheese
    • Paprika or sumac to serve



    1. Add cream cheese to mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
    2. Finely chop feta and add to cream cheese. Whisk thoroughly until smooth. If a little stiff, loosen with a drizzle of olive oil.
    3. Add a sprinkle of paprika or sumac then serve with bread or veggies to dip.

    *Alternatively, using a food processor, pulse feta to fine crumbs. Add cream cheese and and pulse until well combined.


    Pan con Tomate

    A traditional tapas dish, this tomato dip is light, fresh and very easy to make with essentially two ingredients. It is also a popular breakfast dish spread liberally on toast. Make sure your tomatoes are good quality and ripe as they are the star of the show.

    Serves: 6

    Prep time: 5 -10 minutes

    Cooking time: No cooking required


    • 2 large, ripe beefsteak tomatoes
    • 1 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 2tsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 good pinch of sea salt
    • Sprig of fresh basil to garnish (optional)


    • Box grater
    • Bowl


    1. Chop tomatoes in half and grate coarsely on cut face. The flesh should grate leaving the skin behind in your hand.
    2. Add minced garlic, oil and salt and mix.
    3. Serve with toasted ciabatta or warm flat breads.


    Classic Chunky Guacamole

    This is much nicer than the ones you buy in the shops and is so simple. You can use a food processor for this but do it by hand if you prefer a chunkier texture.

    Serves: 4

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Cooking time: No cooking required


    • 2 large, ripe avocados
    • 1 small onion
    • a handful of fresh coriander
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 5 ripe cherry tomatoes
    • 1 red or green chilli
    • juice of 1 lime
    • 1 good pinch of salt


    • Mixing bowl
    • Fork
    • Sharp knife


    1. Remove stones from avocado and scoop out flesh in to a bowl. Mash with the back of a fork; add lime juice and mix, this will stop the avocado going brown.
    2. Add the onion, very finely diced. Chop garlic, chilli, tomatoes and coriander very finely and add.
    3. Combine everything in a bowl and chill covered until serving. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

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