Staub Coq a Vin
I am just getting into the world of enameled cast iron and after a week or two of research, I ordered the staub coq a vin 6quart in grenadine. There was a deal for $200 where you got a staub 6q oval and 2 free mini cocottes as a bonus, but I couldn't find it in stock anywhere, so I went with the coq a vin.
Is there any difference between a requalr oval staub and the coq a vin besides the rooster knob?
Since I couldn't find the deal with the 2 bonus mini cocottes anywhere, I also ordered a set of 2 mini cocottes in basil. These are ceramic because I didn't want to pay the high price for the cast iron ones for something I don't know if I'll use a lot. I just thought they were cool, and I wanted to see what the basil color looks like in person. All of the staub colors look so nice online, I hope I can can find an excuse to buy more pieces. I think I am going to want to get some le creuset to try too. Decisions, decisions, lol....
Anyways...If anyone could tell me if there is a difference between the regular cocotte and coq a vin, and also help me think of some uses for the minis (plus recipes for the big one) it would be appreciated. Thanks
I have the same coq au vin as you in grenadine--I LOVE that color!!! Have never seen the mini cocottes, so I googled to see what they look like and hit the jackpot for you re recipes--it's a list of recipes by shape of Staub, including the minis (and they do look so cool).
I've used my coq au vin to make no-knead bread and a delicious pork roast Gio posted at Christmastime:
ETA: Now I'm really curious what others use the minis for. I saw these pics at Williams Sonoma. Looks like you could use to serve soup or make a baked apple. I was thinking individual strata portions? Or indie quiche, too? Indie bread pudding. Ooh, now I really want these. Sapphire blue!
Thanks! I can't wait, my order is supposed to be here friday. Don't even have it yet and I'm trying to think of an excuse to buy more pieces. I am thinking of one of these:
But....I don't want to buy more until I make sure I will get good use out of the pieces I already ordered.
I have been thinking the mini cocottes would be good for desserts too. And since I got the ceramic ones...they will be able to be microwaved. BTW....the ceramic ones are a lot cheaper than the cast iron ones...~$37 for a set of two. I wonder in this case if there is any real advantage to cast iron vs ceramic since they're so small. I am thinking these little cocottes would be a good way to add more colors and get a feel for which ones I like before spending more $ on a big piece.
Le Creuset has a recipe book of 25 recipes for mini cocottes. Anyone have it?
Ooh! The other pieces are nice, too, but good idea to wait and see what you need for function rather than flair. ;) I understand completely and like to remind myself: window shopping is free! Enjoy your delivery day tomorrow and let us know what you make with your new toys! P.S. Will check out the ceramic minis as well--thanks for the tip! Oh, and I don't have the LC recipe book, but you might check over on the Home Cooking board and see if anyone weighs in. Ciao!