Six Ways to Use Your Dutch Oven - Rachael Ray Every Day

Six Ways to Use Your Dutch Oven

If there's one piece of kitchen gear that can truly do it all, it's a cast-iron Dutch oven. What other vessel will last you a lifetime (or two!) and handle any task you toss at it, whether you're braising meat, frying fish or even baking bread? Consider this your one-stop pot!
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Praise the Braise

The best way to tenderize tough cuts of meat like short ribs? Sear them, then slow-cook them with a touch of liquid (aka braise) -- and a Dutch oven does both beautifully. The pot gets screaming hot to create a browned crust, then the lid traps moisture and flavor so your dinner gets more delicious by the minute.

Short Ribs with Soy & Scallions

Short Ribs with Soy & Scallions

Simmer Down

Since cast-iron Dutch ovens retain heat better than any other pot, they're great at keeping liquids perking along at a low, slow, steady simmer. This kind of gentle cooking gives you fork-tender meat and flavorful juices.

Easy Coq au Vin

Easy Coq au Vin

Bake it Easy

One of the most surprising charms of the Dutch oven is that it turns out lovely loaves. Dumping soft dough into a preheated pot gives the bread an initial blast of heat, while the lid traps the steam. Both work together to create a light, airy combo and a crackly crust.

Pancetta & Black Pepper Bread

Pancetta & Black Pepper Bread

Get Your Fry on

Perfectly fried food that's golden, crispy and not at all greasy has everything to do with holding oil at the right temperature. A cast-iron Dutch oven does just that, and the high seeds keep oil from spattering on you or your stovetop.

Beer-Battered Fish & Chips

Beer-Battered Fish & Chips

Stew on it

No pot is better for sauces and stews than the Dutch oven: The deep sides and even distribution of heat allow liquids to reduce gradually with less stirring and worrying about sticking and burning.

Lamb Stew with Polenta

Lamb Stew with Polenta

Roast it Right

A substantial hunk of meat deserves a substantial pot. Roasting in a covered cast-iron Dutch oven helps large cuts cook evenly. Finishing the roast with the lid off creates a browned curst that looks great -- and tastes even better.

Cuban-Style Pork Roast

Cuban-Style Pork Roast