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My 3 Favorite Dutch Oven recipes

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The Dutch oven is one of the most versatile cooking vessels you can possibly own. This is why it is favored by both modern campers and historical homesteaders.

It offers you the perfect way to bake biscuits, make stew, or create a perfect desert, depending on your culinary needs and heating methods.

Of course, the best Dutch oven you can buy today will likely be made of cast iron. This metal has a superior level of even heat distribution, and is also both an easy to maintain and long-lasting kitchen material.

Of all the best cast iron cookware, none is more collectable, highly utilized, and attractive to look at than enameled vessels made by Le Creuset. The Le Creuset Dutch oven comes in a range of vibrant shades, with all the benefits of bullet proof cast iron. In order to help you choose your very own, here are a few delicious recipes to whet your appetite.

My 3 Favorite Dutch Oven Recipes

Chicken and Chickpea Stew

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 chicken thighs, deboned, skinless
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • ¾ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers (jar), chopped
  • 2 cups cornbread, cut into 1’ cubes
  • 3 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh parsley

Preparation:
On the stovetop, add 2 tablespoons of oil in your Dutch oven at medium high high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then cook it until brown, turning once (8-10 minutes). Remove it and set it aside, then reduce the heat to low and let the oil cool for a minute. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently (approximately 1 minute). Add the cumin, tomato paste, and pepper flakes, stirring until you have a smooth paste.

Add your chicken, juices and all, bay leaves, and four cups of water, deglazing the pan. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered, while occasionally stirring for about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken once more, add the chickpease and cook it for five minutes.

Shred the chicken and add it along with the peppers, stirring in the remaining oil and your lemon juice. Simmer for a minute, and salt to taste. Divide your bread cubes among serving bowls and ladle the soup over the top. Garnish with parsley.

Fresh Ingredients is Key to Making Great Dutch Recipes

Fresh Ingredients is Key to Making Great Dutch Recipes

Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/5 cups cooked ham
  • 3 cups potatoes
  • ½ cup cheese
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs

Preparation:
Mince onion, dice the ham and potatoes, and grate your cheese. Preheat your Dutch oven to 325 degrees on the stovetop. Melt the butter, sauté the onion until translucent, add garlic, and blend in the flour, making a roux.

Gradually add the milk, stirring until the sauce thickens. Add pepper and salt to taste. Mix in the ham and potatoes, topping with cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Preparation:
Preheat your oven and Dutch oven to 375 degrees. Mix milk and vinegar separately, setting aside. This makes buttermilk. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients, adding your buttermilk and mixing thoroughly.

Knead your dough on a floured board for 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth. Form into a round, placing into your heated Dutch oven, and score the top with a large X—1/4 inch deep, at an angle. Bake for one hour, until the bread is brown. The bottom will sound hollow when tapped.

It’s Fun. Try it Out

Cooking with a Dutch oven can be fun, easy, and delicious. What you select is entirely dependent on how sumptuous you wish the results to be.

Remember that using nothing but the best cookware can make the whole world of difference. The best Dutch oven will be made of high-quality cast iron, well-seasoned, and large enough to accommodate dishes that serve a number of people. Le Creuset makes a quality enameled cast-iron vessel and offers it in a variety of wonderful, eye-catching colors that are sure to compliment your table and last a lifetime.

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