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Nov 10, 2006 02:18 PM

Finally got the Le Crueset I've been wanting! Now, what to make?

Its a big oval one, and I'm so excited to try it out. What's your favorite recipe that would be great in this dish? We don't eat pork or shellfish, so no need to post those.

I was thinking of a pot roast but have never made one, any suggestions about that?

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  1. I would make French Tarragon Hens - saute chopped shallots in combo olive oil and butter, then 2 pieced, skinned cornish hens in the pan drippings. Add Dijon mustard, tarragon, salt and pepper, chicken stock and white wine. Transfer all to Le Crueset, cover and bake an hour or so. Stir a couple times during baking time. Plate-licking good!

    1. Do a braising, baking thing like veal shanks or lamb shanks. That pot is perfect for those dishes.

      1. How big?

        The single best dish I know for an oval pot is the pork loin braised in milk from Marcella Hazan's Classic Italian Cooking. That book has a number of other great non-pork recipes that use the pot, such as the Tuscan meat loaf. But her recipes are proportioned for the smaller 2-1/2 or 3-1/2 quart pots.

        1. Do you have a favorite meal or comfort food that would work? When I first used my LC, I made a big pot of chicken soup with homemade noodles. The chicken and all the tons of stock veggies fit easily into the pot (instead of me trying to cram them in w/o the water spilling over), and in the end I had a big bowl of comfort. :)

          1. Just got mine on Tuesday and have made, Pasta sauce with Pork, and banana squash soup - tonite its Moroccan Smoked turkey and sweet potato stew with lentils - all can be found either on or -- enjoy the LC.