If you can believe it, I’ve never had to buy an entire cookware set in my life. When I moved to Canada, I left my sad collection of pots and pans in my flat in Paris and inherited Neil’s (mostly) Paderno cookware which I’ve been happily using now for years, supplemented with a few other different brands of pans to round out the collection. So when I was invited to try out an 11 piece Mark McEwan by GreenPan Kitchen Essentials cookware set, I was pretty keen. Since now my cookware is a collection of different brands, I was interested to try out a set all from the same manufacturer – in the case, GreenPan. Mark McEwan has collaborated with GreenPan to develop a collection of cookware using a range of different technologies for cooking together in one collection. Every piece has a specific use and in each case there is a specific technology to best fit that need. The collection includes stainless steel, hard anodized aluminium with Thermolon™ healthy ceramic non-stick coating and cast iron. You can check out the range on The Shopping Channel.
But it’s the hard anodized aluminium frying pans with Thermolon™ healthy ceramic non-stick coating that I’ve been the most impressed with. I figured a great way to test the “non stick” ability would be to make a rolled omelette. I used the 9.5″ pan for that.
The ceramic coating is super slick (it does take a little getting used to, it’s SO non-stick!) but it helped me make two perfect rolled omelettes this weekend. The larger sized pan (11″) did a great job with some peppers I was stir frying…
These pans are a breeze to clean too – a quick wipe with paper towels was all they needed for these relatively no-mess dishes – otherwise hot soapy water is fine but they are also dishwasher safe. They are suitable for all stove tops, excluding induction (there is a handy chart on the bottom of each pan in this collection showing what stove tops they work with) and are also oven and broiler safe – Thermolon™ has an industry-leading heat tolerance of 850°F/450°C.
As I have a fridge full of bits and pieces, as one does at the end of a long weekend, I figured that a frittata would be a great Monday-feels-like-Sunday dinner and would also be a good test for the pans under the broiler. I don’t have a pan I really like to use for frittata – they never really come out clean so I end up serving them in the pan at the table which is fine but takes up a lot of room and sometimes you don’t want a scalding pan on your table, right? I like to take a frittata on a cutting board and serve it like a cake but my current pans don’t always allow that. I figured this would be a great pan for this purpose and I wasn’t wrong.
The add it to a one-pan breakfast frittata!
- 1 medium potato, diced fairly small
- 6 slices bacon, diced
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 6-8 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 handfuls baby spinach (about 1 cup, packed)
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the broiler to high (mine reads 450˚F).
- Place the diced potato in a small saucepan of salted water, bring to the boil and cook until tender (about 7 minutes).
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon in the GreenPan 9.5” hard anodized open fry pan over medium-high heat.
- When the bacon is crispy, remove from the pan and drain off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat. Drain the bacon on paper towels.
- Drain the potatoes well and add them to the fry pan with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
- Sauté over medium-high heat until golden and crispy.
- Remove potatoes from the fry pan and add the onion and sauté until just starting to soften, around 3 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes and spinach to the fry pan and cook until the spinach just starts to wilt, about 2 minutes.
- Add the bacon and potatoes back to the fry pan and give everything a good stir, distributing all the ingredients evenly across the pan.
- Pour the beaten eggs evenly over the bacon and vegetables, making sure to shake the pan gently to distribute the egg evenly. Use a rubber spatula to make sure the egg is coating the bottom of the pan.
- Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 3 minutes, lifting the edges of the egg from time to time with the rubber spatula to let the uncooked egg flow underneath.
- Cover and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, until the top of the frittata is just set.
- Remove lid and place frypan under broiler on the centre rack (i.e. not too close) for approximately 2 minutes until the top is nicely golden brown.
- Slide the frittata onto a cutting board or serving plate.
A GreenPan giveaway!
Thanks to the folks at The McEwan Group, I have one GreenPan Classic Collection 2 Piece Non-Stick Fry Pan Set with Thermolon to give away to one lucky Canadian resident.
The GreenPan™ Classic Collection 2 Piece Non-Stick Fry Pan Set with Thermolon™ is a fundamental set of frying pans for any kitchen since they offer stovetop-to-oven versatility and are heat resistant to 450ºC or 850ºF. This set includes both 8″ and 10″ non-stick fry pans coated with Thermolon™, a patented, natural, ceramic non-stick coating that will not release toxic fumes, blister or peel. Thermolon™ provides incredible non-stick performance and is more abrasion-resistant than traditional polymer-based non-stick coatings, making cleanup a breeze—simply wipe pans with a damp cloth.
How to enter:
There are 2 ways to enter (maximum of two entries per person for the duration of the contest).
1. Leave me a comment on this post telling me the first thing you’d make with your non-stick frying pans.
2. Tweet the following message: Win a set of GreenPan non-stick frying pans endorsed by @Chef_MarkMcEwan on @eatlivtravwrite (Canada only) http://bit.ly/Sc1RSO then come back to leave a second comment letting me know you did.
Eligibility and contest rules:
– Open to Canadian residents only.
– No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
– Winner will be chosen randomly (using www.random.org) from all qualified entries on Monday May 26th after 6pm EST.
– Winner will be notified via email Tuesday May 27th.
– The prize consists of of one GreenPan Classic Collection 2 Piece Non-Stick Fry Pan Set with Thermolon.
Disclosure: I received an 11 piece Mark McEwan by GreenPan Kitchen Essentials cookware set for review purposes. I have not been further compensated for writing this post. All opinions are my own.
Congratulations to Donna who won my KitchenAid Canada/ Chef Lynn Crawford giveaway. I’ve emailed you!