Although the clam-shaped cataplana is most traditionally used to make the famed Seafood Cataplana, one just needs a little imagination to expand its potential! It can also be used for vegetarian stews, chicken, rabbit and seafood rice or arroz de marisco and a variety of different fish dishes like a Caldeirada de Peixe (fish stew). Cooking in the cataplana makes the flavors richer by not allowing the juices to go to waste by evaporating into the air and instead continuously sinking back into the food and creating a luscious liquid in the bottom. Why not give it a try!
Note: If you do not have a Cataplana, simply use a saucepan with a tight fitting lid.