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Santa brought a dutch oven - suggestions?

CurlieGlamourGirlie Dec 26, 2012 07:16 AM

Santa brought me a new 7qt. dutch oven. I'd love suggestions! I do plan on breaking it in by using the ham leftovers and bone to make split pea soup!

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    Puffin3 Dec 26, 2012 07:31 AM

    Lucky you! You can't beat split pea soup. Do you add carrots/celery/potatoes when the peas are soft? Some do some don't.

    1. jmcarthur8 Dec 26, 2012 07:39 AM

      This is the best potato soup I've ever had:


      I make it with the ham broth, and top it with shredded cheddar and a little plop of sour cream.

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        ChiliDude Dec 26, 2012 07:45 AM

        Look at the first 5 letters of my user name.

        1. paulj Dec 26, 2012 08:59 AM

          I assume it is an enameled cast iron one?

          1. treestonerivershrub Dec 26, 2012 02:19 PM

            What about cooking a whole chicken? It's a great way to cook really juicy chicken, plus you can cook a bunch of vegetables with it too and they come out really flavorful.

            Here is a link to a recipe from a book I really love, not sure if it it's modified from the book...


            It's also a good way to cook tougher meats...once we made a recipe for old hen cooked in a dutch oven...the meat is full of flavor but you basically can't cook it any other way because it would come out too tough.

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              Teep Dec 27, 2012 07:27 AM

              Thanks, but when I clicked on the link it says "not found" - there was some extra code on the end. Let's try it again:


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                treestonerivershrub Dec 28, 2012 02:53 PM

                Oop! Sorry about that

            2. law_doc89 Dec 26, 2012 04:19 PM

              Cassolet, Boef Borgonione, Lobster stock . . .

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                Bliss149 Dec 26, 2012 04:56 PM

                I love doing oven beef stew or a beef vegetable soup in mine. Comes out abou 9000 times better than what I used to make in the slow cooker.

                I got an enameled one for christmas. I'm thinking about making chicken and dumplings for its inaugural. :)

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                  Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 05:01 PM

                  Yum, how exciting! I use mine for almost everything! Try braising beef short ribs, or some chicken with forty cloves of garlic. Obviously stews, chilis and gumbos are perfect in these as well.

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                    cleopatra999 Dec 26, 2012 05:01 PM

                    I use mine for any soups, stews and braises as well as sauces such as bolognese. I love mine, enjoy!!

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                      Dirtywextraolives Dec 26, 2012 05:06 PM

                      Oh yes, you must break it in with a big pot of sauce like marinara or bolognese. That's perfect for it!

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                    magiesmom Dec 26, 2012 05:29 PM

                    chicken and dumplings
                    braised short ribs
                    osso bucco

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                      Jay F Dec 26, 2012 06:05 PM

                      Magie's Mom - When you make ossobuco, do you stack the pieces of veal on top of each other when you have too many to fit in a single layer? And if so, do you put more liquid in, i.e., enough to cover, or close to cover?

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                        magiesmom Dec 27, 2012 10:20 AM

                        I have never had more than one layer, and all the recipes I have used have specified one layer.

                    2. Jay F Dec 26, 2012 06:03 PM

                      Split pea is one of my favorite things to make in a Dutch oven. Also chili and Bolognese. Lots of other soups, too.

                      I'm not a big meat eater, so I haven't done much braising, per se, but I still love my Dutch ovens.

                      I put carrots and onions in my split pea soup. I put celery in normally, but some dislike it, and it's easy enough to leave out.

                      1. Hank Hanover Dec 26, 2012 07:59 PM

                        Swiss steak or beef pot roast. I can't post recipe right now.

                        I am using the kindle Santa got me.

                        1. Tehama Dec 27, 2012 06:06 AM

                          I love this "quick" cassoulet:

                          and Marcella's Bolognese sauce:

                          1. dimsumdoll Dec 27, 2012 08:17 AM

                            Put a pork shoulder roast into your new pot, glug a bottle of your favorite barbeque sauce over it, add a bottleful of water, maybe squirt in some sriracha sauce, and pop it into a 300 degree oven for 6-8 hours.
                            Then take out the roast, run the liquid through your gravy separator to get rid of the excess fat (very important!). Take two forks and pull the meat into shreds, pour the sauce back over the shredded meat in your dutch oven and you have made heaven in a pot. Serve with your best mashed potatoes and a green veg or salad. The meat freezes and reheats impeccably, makes incredible sandwiches, stuffs quesadillas, and is a perfect base for picadillo. I've tried this in a crockpot and it's just not the same as baked.
                            This is my Super Bowl go-to dish. Just put the pot on your buffet with some fixin's, some sub rolls, another bottle of the bbq sauce & hot sauce, and yes you too can watch those ultra-creative Super Bowl commercials!
                            PS - the dear friend who gave me my dutch oven also found a lovely shallow basket into which the pot fits for table service. Looks terrific, protects your table.

                            1. Antilope Dec 27, 2012 09:44 AM

                              If it has a plastic knob on the lid, replace it with a metal one.

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                                law_doc89 Dec 27, 2012 04:12 PM


                                The make real cassoulet with fava beans, duck legs, rabbit. Original cassoulet uses fava beans, and with the long cooking, you don't have to peel them.

                                Cook for several hours in the oven. Lucky you!

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                                  Tehama Dec 28, 2012 12:43 AM

                                  Hey Law Doc! Do you have a link for your cassoulet? I really want to make one, but haven't gotten up for the laborious task of making my own sausage, etc. I'd love a good recipe for a first-time, real cassoulet attempt. Thank you!

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                                    law_doc89 Dec 30, 2012 07:21 AM

                                    There many variations, and I haven't written it down, because I make it differently each time based on availability of ingredients, but this link is great:


                                    I do use frozen fava beans, so I cheat, but never dried. Port fat makes the dish, and I get some from the butcher free of charge. Enjoy.

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                                      Tehama Dec 31, 2012 12:23 PM

                                      Oh you're fabulous! Thank you! Happy New Year!

                              2. chowser Dec 28, 2012 06:11 AM

                                No knead bread. I bought a lodge cast iron dutch oven just for that.


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                                  CurlieGlamourGirlie Dec 30, 2012 05:44 AM

                                  Thanks for all the great suggestions! I am definitely going to try the no-knead bread. I also have frozen short ribs in my freezer!!

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                                    1gardenmom Dec 30, 2012 05:49 AM

                                    Oh....short ribs! The Pioneer Woman's recipe is killer... Served with rustic mashed potatoes.....

                                    1. Njchicaa Dec 30, 2012 07:29 AM

                                      Try Mama Neely's Pot Roast. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa... I'm not really a fan of theirs but this is the best pot roast recipe I've found. (I omit the garlic bc I don't like the flavor of long-cooked garlic)

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