Alternative to Dutch Oven
- sparkplug Jun 26, 2007 07:33 AM
I have a recipe that I want to make tonight for a dinner party and I just realized that it calls for a Dutch oven, which I don't have. I'm not going to run out today and purchase one, so is there something I can use as an alternative? Do I need to adjust the recipe in any way?
The dish is a Zucchini/Squash Gratin. I'm supposed to combine the zucchini, squash, leek, broth, salt, pepper and garlic in a Dutch oven, cover and cook over medium high heatfor 20 minutes until the squash is very tender, stirring occasionally. Then remove from heat and mix it together with all the other ingredients and bake.
Would love to have input on an alternative!
The recipe calls for a dutch oven because such pots can go from stovetop to oven, but you can get around this by using two different dishes. Cook the zukes, etc on the stovetop in an appropriately sized saucepan, combine with other ingredients and spread in a baking dish or gratin dish for the oven phase of the recipe.
Any pot or sautée pan that can go into the oven will work just fine. If you don't own one like that, cook them in a pan on the stove top as directed and transfer them to a regular glass or ceramic casserole dish. Finish in the oven as directed and no one will ever know the difference.
Your dish isn't even calling to be put in the oven from the stove. In fact, I am having trouble figuring out why your recipe called for a dutch oven.
In this case, use any pan or pot that will hold it all and has a good lid. If you have choices, go with the one that has a good thick bottom and sides.