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Did you unwrap a new Dutch oven this year? Congrats! Braise, boil, bake, and fry in the Dutch oven—the options are endless. Here’s what you need to know about your new favorite piece of kitchen equipment, and everything you should be cooking in it. 

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Dutch Oven Intel

What’s the Difference Between a Dutch Oven and a French Cocotte?

Le Creuset and Staub

Did you ask for a Dutch oven and get a cocotte? Not to worry. Find out the difference between the two seemingly similar appliances, and whether you can use them interchangeably. Then, get cooking.

What’s the Difference Between a Dutch Oven and Cast Iron?

What is the difference between cast iron and a Dutch oven?

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In this case, the real question is “What’s the difference between cast iron and enameled cast iron?”—but it’s still a good one.

Dutch Oven vs Slow Cooker: Which One Is Better?

crock pot and dutch oven: which is better?

They each have their pros and cons, but there are times when one is clearly the winner.

Dutch Oven Recipes

Mayan-Style Pit Pork

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Sure, you could make pulled pork in the slow cooker, but where’s the fun in that? Try it instead in your Dutch oven, where it braises for nearly four hours. 

Easy Yeast Donuts

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Ever thought about making yeast donuts? It’s super easy, especially when you’re working with the depth of a Dutch oven, allowing you to set up a frying station. (Deep Dutch ovens are great for frying anything, really.)

Easy Beef Stew

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There’s nothing quite as comforting as curling up next to a bowl of beef stew in the winter. Make this version in your Dutch oven, replete with potatoes, carrots, and peas. 

No-Knead Bread

easy homemade bread no knead recipe

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Yes, you can even bake bread in your Dutch oven!

Miso Pumpkin Soup with Walnut Sesame Seed Brittle

Courtesy of Staub

Simmer this pumpkin soup, topped with a walnut sesame seed brittle, in your Dutch oven if you don’t have a pumpkin cocotte.  

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Beef and Green Tomato Casserole 

Use the height of a Dutch oven to your advantage when making this casserole: layer the pan with beef, green tomatoes, and sweet potatoes, then pop it in the oven until bubbling and golden brown. 

Dutch Oven Roast Chicken


If your roasting pan is too big for a chicken (or you don’t have a roasting pan at all), nestle the bird in your Dutch oven instead.

Boston Baked Beans

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Cook dried beans low and slow in your Dutch oven to creamy, tender perfection.

Easy Risotto

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Your Dutch oven is ideal for making a pot of comforting risotto; this is a great basic recipe. (But when you want different flavors, try our other risotto recipes.)

Chicken Basquaise

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Braise anything and everything in your Dutch oven: pork chops and fennel; beef short ribs; lamb neck; oxtail; red cabbage. This braised chicken dish is classically French.

Related Reading: A Simple Chef Trick for the Best Braise Ever

Campfire Cherry Cobbler

campfire cherry cobbler

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This is probably NOT something you’ll want to make in your lovely enameled cast iron Le Creuset, Lodge, or Staub—but if you were given a naked cast iron Dutch oven, you can cook right in the coals, including this dessert.

Bonus: Even More Soup

The 15 Best Soup Recipes for Winter

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Add these soups to your recipe rolodex, from roasted butternut squash to pesto chicken and white bean soup. And make them all in your Dutch oven.

Related Reading: Are You Throwing Away the Key to Super-Flavorful Soup?

Copycat Soup Recipes from Your Favorite Chains

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Speaking of soups, there’s no need to go out for your favorite bowl when you could just make them at home. Replicate Panera’s broccoli and cheese soup and Disneyland clam chowder with these recipes. Your new Dutch oven won’t have time to gather dust.

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Amy Schulman is an associate editor at Chowhound. She is decidedly pro-chocolate.
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