The iconic Le Creuset 5 1/2-Quart Round Dutch Oven ($340) passed all our tests—with flying colors. Speaking of colors, there are often trendy new shades.
The crusty, lofty loaf we made in the Artisanal Kitchen Supply 5-Quart Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven ($70) convinced us that we’ll never knead another Dutch oven. This retro model is a steal!
Staub’s 5 1/2-Quart Cast-Iron Round Cocotte ($325) was built to braise. A fitted lid with bumps on the bottom prevents evaporation and directs condensation onto the food to keep the meat moist.
If you love Rach’s pots and pans, add her Dutch oven to the mix! This Rachael Ray 3 1/2-Quart Cast-Iron Covered Casserole ($80) is the perfect size if you’re cooking for two.
Now, Get Cooking!
Once you've got your Dutch oven, here's dozens of recipes to use it with, from these lovely short ribs to black bean soup and coq au vin. Is there anything a Dutch oven can't do?