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need impressive fool proof dinner idea for company using new Dutch Oven

I just got my first Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Ovens (a 5qt round and a 7.5qt oval) I invited my aunt and uncle over for dinner on Friday night and I really wanted to make something nice using my new toy. Any ideas of something I can't mess up too bad that would be impressive for company. They go out to eat a lot more than I do, my aunt enjoys cooking too and I want to kind of show off a bit but I have never used one of these pans before. Also, they are red wine drinkers and I think I would like it to be a beef or lamb dish of some kind. Any ideas? Any good recipes online that you know of?

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  1. braised short ribs would be finger licking yummy
    as well as braised lamb shanks w/orzo
    osso bucco

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    1. re: luswei

      I love all those ideas...I will look for some recipes online unless you have any to recommend. I love winter foods! What would you serve with the short ribs?

      1. re: tamhud4

        Really rich and creamy mashed potatoes.

    2. My first thought would be a lamb stew--something with lots of garlic, rosemary, and red wine.

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      1. re: Nettie

        mmmm that sounds yummy too....and I know my aunt would love that...any good recipes to reccommend?

        1. re: tamhud4

          search this board for either short ribs or lamb -- there's a wealth of specifics, like the short ribs braised in Chimay by Ms. Goin that has been discussed alot.

          enjoy your new tools!

          1. re: pitu

            thanks for the suggestion..I have been looking at the home cooking board and there are a ton of recipe suggestions...new to the boards and finding lots of good info!

          2. re: tamhud4

            Here's one Tuscan lamb stew recipe that I've made and enjoyed:
            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec.... Have fun with your new dutch ovens!

          3. re: Nettie

            ....served with creamy, garlicky polenta....

          4. I am willing to make this the day before...in fact, with two small children at home, that may be the preferred way to have dinner guests. Make the dinner the night before after the children are in bed! So I think a good braising or stew recipe would work well if made the day ahead. I can't wait to start making some of these dishes mentioned above with my new dutch ovens! YUM

            1. Goulash
              coq au vin
              boeuf bourgignon
              (and of course all the above mentioned)

              1. Well, since you have TWO new dutch ovens, why not braised pot roast in one and braised cabbage in the other. Cooks on the home cookin' board raved about Molly Stevens braised cabbage. http://www.mollystevenscooks.com/reci...