We all know that a substantial pot belongs to a Dutch oven, but there is no reason to limit what this versatile kitchen tool can do! Whether you make chicken or sourdough, you have covered your Dutch oven.
Stews are good, but we wouldn't own a Dutch oven if that's all you can use them for. Dutch ovens are multi-centered. They were created during a time when cooking over a fire was not only a fun throwback but necessary to survive.
All the pioneers who spent their nights cooking over an open flame did not live off soup. They had a great selection of dishes to choose from then, and we have an even bigger one now. In addition, we no longer need an open flame. Your favorite stove burner or oven will go well.
Here are some of the biggest attractions you probably didn't know you could cook in your Dutch oven:
- Red wine braised short ribs: A substantial Dutch oven dish! We especially love this recipe, as are 158 other reviewers, so we doubt you won't disagree.
Get the recipe: Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
- Chicken Adobo. This vinegar-laced Filipino dish is delicious, regardless of the cookware. But in a Dutch oven, the melt-in-your-mouth tender comes with half the remediation. If you haven't had the chance to try this dish, we recommend it! And don't limit yourself to chicken – it works just as well with pork.
Download the recipe: Chicken Adobo
- Whole fried chicken: There is something very comforting with the smell of chicken roast in the oven all afternoon. We also love that this recipe contains instructions on moving this dish outside a campfire, should you be so inspired.
Get the recipe: Oven Roasted chicken
- Carnitas: These crispy pork pieces are always a good decision, and a Dutch oven is a good way to make them. We love a recipe like this because a day of cooking leaves you with shredded pork leftovers that you can use all week!
Download the recipe: Carnitas
- Lamb Tagine: The word "tagine" Refers to a clay cooking vessel, similar to a Dutch oven but with a cone-shaped top, used to make braised dishes containing Lamb, chicken or dried fruit. A Dutch oven works just as well for this traditional lamb and apricot version.
Download recipe: Lamb Tagine
- Duck Confit: This sounds fancy, but a Once upon a time, it was considered to be a very humble French dish. "Confit" means cooking meat in its own fat. The result is a very tender, rich and well-preserved starter. When the confit process is complete, the meat in the fridge keeps up to three months and can be frozen for up to a year.
Get the recipe: Duck Confit
- Fried Chicken: An obvious choice for a Dutch oven because the deep sides of the pot make the frying a breeze For perfectly fried chicken, salt the chicken pieces first and always use a thermometer to make sure the oil temperature is correct.
Get the recipe: Fried Chicken
- Jambalaya: This meaty southern pile is filled with flavor. It has many ingredients and can be time consuming to make, but it also provides amazing leftovers.
Get the recipe: Jambalaya
- Lasagna: This is probably not a dish you think of when you think of Dutch ovens. And this version is not like the one you pull out of the freezer. But all the components are here, and you do it in a pot, so we think it's worth the superficial sacrifice.
Get the recipe: One Pot Lasagna
- Ropa Vieja: When translated, the name of this dish means "old clothes." It gets its name from the long, shredded strands of slow-cooked flank steak that resemble fabric strands in the last bowl. Slow cooking of a lean cut steak may sound bad, but this traditional Cuban dish gets perfectly tender every time.
Download the recipe: Ropa Vieja
If you have already prepared your main course, you can use a Dutch oven to make some tasty sides! We have some suggestions:
- Dutch oven potatoes: There are many potato varieties you can make in a Dutch oven, but we like them best. After all – some things come close to the wonders of spuds with cheese.
Download the recipe: Easy Dutch Oven Potatoes with Cheese
- Baked Beans: A pretty obvious choice, right? Just forget to soak the beans overnight if you are going to make them from scratch!
Download the recipe: Baked Beans
- Tomato sauce: Does anything compare to a homemade tomato sauce that drops on the stove all Sunday afternoon? We don't think so. Try this, so you may never go back to jarred marinara.
Obtain the recipe: Tomato Sauce
- Risotto: This high maintenance right requires constant babysitting, so it is not usually one we would use the Dutch oven for. However, leave it to Ina Garten to warm our hearts with an almost tube-free recipe.
Download the recipe: Easy Parmesan Risotto
- Wild Rice Pilaf: Plain rice is boring, but wild rice pilaf is a dish that fits even the grand occasions. The Dutch oven makes it extra simple as it allows you to move from the hob to the oven seamlessly for better temperature control.
Get the recipe: Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Pecans
- Spaetzle: You can cook any pasta in a Dutch oven, but spaetzle, although technically it is more of a dumpling , is special. You can do this at home without advanced dough rolling skills or special tools. For this specific recipe, all you need is a teaspoon!
Download the recipe: Spaetzle (German Dumplings)
Baked goods and sweets
If you are looking for an easy way to make a special treat, break out the Dutch oven! Here are just a few of the sweeter things you can use it for:
- Sourdough Bread: The pioneers we mentioned earlier also baked this in a Dutch oven because it creates the perfect bread-high environment. You will need your own starter for this, but it is well worth the effort!
Download the recipe: No-Knead Sourdough Bread
- Jam: Choose your fruit, take some sugar, and collect some jars. Homemade jams are super easy to make, and a Dutch oven is a perfect way to do it! You can do some that the harvest ends and then give it as gifts for the coming holidays.
Download the recipe: Blackberry Jam
- Apple Sauce: The scent of cake apples and spicy cinnamon to run from your Dutch oven will surely warm even the driest of autumn afternoons. In addition, you can jar, preserve or share the resulting apple juice all year!
Get the recipe: Applesauce
There you have it – 19 new recipes to try! And if you don't have a Dutch oven yet, it's never too late. You can download this classic kitchen appliance and see how many dishes you can create.