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2.75 qt LC recipe suggestions please!

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E_M Mar 8, 2010 07:42 AM

So I went out this morning--to buy socks--and came home with a 2.75 round Le Creuset, instead (it was on sale for $55). What can I make in it? (There are 3 of us.) I think Normandie had a great post on this size, but I can't find it. Can I make main dishes in it, or is it only suited for sides?

Many thanks--

-EM

  1. eight_inch_pestle Mar 8, 2010 01:33 PM

    I have the 2.75 oval. It's the perfect size for making heavenly white bean soup. I usually eyeball it, but I would guess I start off with about two cups of beans, a couple of fresh bay leaves, part of a smoked ham hock, half an onion pierced with a couple of cloves, a couple crushed garlic cloves, and about five cups of stock (although I always have extra simmering away in a nearby saucepan). Once the beans are tender, leave them whole or mash about half with a potato masher or reduce to a smooth puree with the blender. You can finish the soup myriad ways: shred the ham hock meat and return it to the soup; add browned kielbasa or other sausage; stir in a bunch of caramelized onion (actually, I like to puree the caramelized onions with the beans); add a tablespoon or two of nice sherry; mince some rosemary or thyme; grind up some coriander or white peppercorns; saute mushrooms.

    Come to think of it, white bean soup was the first thing I made with my "2.75 LC." Good luck with whatever you make tonight!

    1. blue room Mar 8, 2010 11:23 AM

      I have an oval 2.75, and routinely cook chicken in it -- a 3 1/2 pound bird fits fine.

      Two and 3/4 quarts, for 3 people, is *over 3 1/2 cups of food per person*, it should be fine for a main for 3 people.

      But the no-knead bread recipe I have (3 cups flour, about 1 1/3 cups water) I think is too much for this size. I use my 5 1/2 qt. for the bread.

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      1. re: blue room
        hobbybaker Mar 8, 2010 01:13 PM

        I also think 2.75 is too small for NKB. I use my 3.5 qt round for it. Blue room, how is it with 5.5? Does your bread have a hight like 3-4 inches, or is it flatter?

        1. re: hobbybaker
          blue room Mar 8, 2010 03:21 PM

          I would say between 3-4 inches, yes. I've never actually measured.

          1. re: blue room
            hobbybaker Mar 8, 2010 04:01 PM

            blue moon, thanks! I've got a question from my friend about the best size of LC, which seems to me very hard. ( I have 4.) I think 5.5 qt is a good starting point as her family is 3. but I am not sure if 5.5 is good for NKB. Thanks:)

            1. re: hobbybaker
              blue room Mar 8, 2010 04:06 PM

              hobbybaker, the original recipe
              (New York Times Nov. 2006 !)
              says "6 to 8 quart heavy covered pot"

              1. re: blue room
                hobbybaker Mar 8, 2010 04:19 PM

                blue room, Yes I know the articles but people are talking about it 6-8 is indeed too big and the bread tends to be very flat with these bigger pots. Even this board has a past threads on it. Some people says a 3.5 qt is perfect etc, like the following link. Anyway, thanks!
                http://www.nokneadbread.org/3-notouch...

      2. greygarious Mar 8, 2010 10:36 AM

        You can use it for stews but you will need to sear your cut-up meat in small batches. You can probably make 6 portions' worth. Hint: invert the LC lid and set it on the stove atop a small bowl. As you remove the seared meat from the LC, place it on the lid. No dirtying an additional bowl.

        It will be fine for smallish batches of sauce and soup, too.

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        1. re: greygarious
          JEN10 Mar 8, 2010 01:26 PM

          I do that with the lids all the time, I hate making extra dishes!

        2. todao Mar 8, 2010 10:26 AM

          Use it to make artisan breads ("No knead" bread is well suited for that pot)

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