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Nov 3, 2010 03:08 PM

What to cook in my new Staub mini cocottes?

I was given a lovely bday gift of three Staunch mini cocottes in Basil green. So far I have made individual apple crisps. What would you use them for? I'm thinking Mac and cheese or French onion soup. But I'd love some suggestions, especially for healthy options.

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  1. I was thinking brandade.
    Not the healthiest choice, but oh, so good.
    Chicken pot pies?
    Shephards pie?

    I do have an excellent vegan chile recipe...

    1. I've always wanted to try mini "no knead" bread rolls in one of those. I'm not likely to get the opportunity though; my cupboards are so full of cooking tools that if I brought any of those Staub minis home my wife would take away my kitchen privileges. I must have a hundred pounds of cast iron pots and pans alone. But if you try it, let us know how it works out.
      Any variety of cheese soup, a french onion soup and other popular regulars would be worth a try.

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      1. re: todao

        Do try them! I make Chinese steamed buns with a no-knead dough in muffin cups. Delicious!!

      2. Individual cassolets

        1. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon serves their mashed potatoes in them, really dresses up a plate.

          1. eggs en cocotte. I usually make them in ramekins, but I guess yours are the correct pot!

            grease the pots with a little butter, and sprinkle some chopped ham, or sauteed mushrooms, or cooked and drained spinach, or smoked salmon, in the bottom. Add some chopped herbs - parsley with your ham or mushrooms, dill with your salmon - then crack an egg or two over the top. Add a dollop of cream or full-fat milk (probably about a teaspoon per egg), season with s+p, and place in a roasting tin. Pour boiled water into the tin about halfway up the side of the cocotte, then bake for 10-18 mins in a medium oven, depending on how runny you like your yolk. Serve with toasted bread soldiers to dip in!

            (this might not be the healthy option!)

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            1. re: gembellina

              it's years since I made those, thanks for the memories and the idea to make them again.