Just got a new dutch oven...help me figure out what to cook?
I am fairly new to cooking and just got a new 6.5 dutch oven. It is enameled cast iron from tramantina. I read good reviews and they disappeared from shelves and i ran across it the other day and had to pick it up. Now I have to figure out what to cook in it to justify my purchase :) I want to do something fairly fool proof that takes advantage of its capabilities. Thoughts?
I too just bought a new Dutch oven, a Berndes, and I think I'm in love. As we speak a chuck roast is serenely simmering in the oven with potatoes, leeks, carrots and carmelized onions. It smells so fine. My plan is to chill it overnight, defat, and serve tomorrow. I had to improvise the liquid, but I think it will be good.
I do arroz con pollo in my dutch oven, also braised lamb shanks with lentils. I'm not much for super complicated cooking, and the worst mistake I've made with those two was a senior moment when I put too much liquid in the rice for the arroz con pollo, so it was a little soupy at the end, but still very tasty.
Red wine braised short ribs, roast or brisket over creamy polenta. Braise something in that pot! There are a ton of recipes on Epicurious (and here for that matter). Just pick what cut of meat you want and do a search (i.e. "braised short ribs").
Congrats on your new pot and have fun!
I'd suggest picking up a copy of All About Braising, by Molly Stevens. For some of the recipes she recommends using a shorter cooking vessel, but I think most of the book will work perfectly with a dutch oven. I do all my braising in my enameled cast iron dutch oven.
You could start with a simple pot roast, or beef in Barolo.