The Cataplana is as typically Portuguese as paella and tapas are identified with Spain and just as the Tagine applies to both the cookware and the recipe that is cooked in it, so to is the Cataplana the name of a Portuguese container and the name of the dish that is prepared in it.
Cataplana is a stew of clams, pork, vegetables and spices steamed in a handmade, airtight copper pot that has a broad domed shape resembling two woks hinged together and it is usually made from copper.
The Cataplana works similar to a modern day pressure cooker. So you simply place the food in the bottom half of the pan and then close the hinged lid and let the ingredients simmer together to let the flavors develop.
Myson Corporation is a family owned and operated Cookware Company founded in 1982. In early 2004, they became the exclusive distributor for a Spanish Company who manufactured high quality Paella Pans. They decided to look for unique Spanish and Portuguese cookware
The Copper Cataplana is manufactured in Portugal and distributed by Myson Corporation, a family business founded in 1982 as a distribution company. The growing popularity of tapas bars in 2003 led Myson to begin importing Spanish and Portuguese cookware. After all, they reasoned, who better to make a product to suit a particular style of cooking than the people who prepare that food as part of their everyday life.