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Jul 8, 2006 05:27 PM

9 1/4 quart Le Creuset oval oven--uses?

Just took advantage of a 30% off sale at the Le Creuset outlet to buy a 9.25 qt. oval oven. I've got a brisket going in it right now--browned the brisket and sauteed vegetables on stove top, then added wine, stock, and seasonings and put it in the oven to finish. I figure I can also cook whole chickens, roasts, and lamb shanks in this beauty. Also figure it should be good for making biryani.

My question: what are some other things I should be thinking about making in this pot? Am I missing anything obvious?

Thanks for your suggestions.

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  1. The oval shape lends itself to similarly shaped foods -- foods longer than they are wide -- like whole rabbits, cylindrical roasts and big fish. The 9.25 quart oven is capacious enough to hold a small to medium-sized leg of lamb, so you can now make one of the famous slow-cooked versions ("gigot d'agneau de sept heures," i.e. seven-hour leg of lamb, is probably the best known). And if you're ever cooking for a crowd, the oven is just about perfect for the mother of all cassoulets.

    1. I love mine! I actually find you can pretty much do anything in it. Ribs and any kind of stews both work wonderfully in it as well.