Listen to Smidgen: What do you cook in a Dutch oven? 7 Dutch oven recipes to try

A Dutch Oven is a versatile kitchen essential. Dutch ovens range in size and are perfect for braising, stewing or slow-cooking dishes. Six-quart versions make up the most popular size in home kitchens and serve up 8-12 servings of soups, stews and curries. Two key components to look for in Dutch Ovens are thick, heavy construction and a tight-fitting lid. The weight ensures even heat distribution and retention and the lid holds in steam to help perfectly braise tough cuts of protein in fork-tender deliciousness . Dutch ovens move from stovetop to oven, simplifying one-pot meals and reducing cleanup. Here are seven of our favorite Dutch Oven recipes.

1- Dutch Oven Bread

There’s not much better than a warm and crusty loaf of bread just as it’s pulled out of the oven. This recipe puts the Staub Cast Iron Dutch Oven to good use. We use Roasted Garlic Avocado Oil for the inside of the loaf and Roasted Garlic Sea Salt for the outside of the loaf. Even for novice bread bakers, this bread will make you feel successful. Bread and bragging rights! What’s better than that?

2- Jollof Rice with Curried Chicken

Possibly one of the most beautiful dishes we’ve tested. In a world that wants “quick and easy,” this one may not fit the bill. Is it worth it? 100%. The Jollof Rice with its pleasantly scorched, crunchy bottom is a great base for this curry-spiced chicken and quick-sauteed greens. Gorgeous to look at, delicious to eat – we just love everything about this dish.

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3- Sweet Potato, Lentil & Chickpea Curry

This protein-packed vegan meal is big on nutrition and flavor. Lentils, chickpeas, spinach and nut butter – they all make an appearance here and add to the layers of flavor, texture and goodness. We deliver big curry boosts with Garlic Curry Powder and Curry Paste. Serve up a big, warm bowl of comfort.

4- One Pot Sticky Coconut Chicken with Rice

We spied this one pot wonder over at New York Times recipes and knew we had to give it a go. Tender boneless, skinless chicken thighs are seasoned with Japanese Curry and slow simmered in coconut milk, ginger, garlic and cashews. This dish is all about irresistible savory-sweet harmony that infuses into the rice. This is one pot goodness, resulting in a comforting and satisfying meal that’s also easy to prepare and clean up.

5- Garlic & White Wine Clams

Garlic, butter and white wine team up with our Chackbay Blend for down-the-bayou twist on this steamed classic. Clams bathe in a fragrant broth just begging to be soaked into warm, crusty bread. This indulgence is made even better because of its simple preparation and quick timing. Pour a glass of Chardonnay and dig in.

6- Shrimp Courtbouillion

This feed-a-crowd dish was a staple in store owner Anne’s childhood home. Courtboullion—pronounced coo-bee-yon—is a distant cousin of the classic French dish where a thin, flavorful poaching liquid surrounds fish and shellfish. In this version, a dark roux is combined with aromatics, tomatoes and bay leaf. Fish Courtboullions are common in Louisiana, and firm white fish like redfish or catfish can be used in combination with the shrimp.

7- Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes

Classic beef stew with carrots and potatoes = the epitome of timeless comfort food. Tender chunks of beef are seasoned with our Beef Bourguignon Blend then slow simmered in a bold, Cabernet-infused broth. Red wine adds depth, and our Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine Vinegar adds a nice balancing zip. The stew meat becomes fork tender and umami-rich. Carrots add a bit of sweetness. Potatoes are the stick-to-your-ribs filler. All together, pure, curl-up-with-a-bowl satisfaction.


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