Nothing says lovin’ like a Dutch oven. Designed to retain heat and maintain even cooking temperatures, this thick and sturdy accessory is your next kitchen must-have. Dutch ovens have been around for 100’s of years, originated in the Netherlands and traditionally designed to be used outside over hot coals. Today, Dutch ovens can be found in many household kitchens across the globe. This one-pot wonder has many versatile functions to fit most of your cooking and baking needs.

 

Use it for Soups and Stews

It’s a no brainer that this large majestic pot was meant for soups and stews. Its large build makes it the perfect vessel for holding a lot of soup. But I’m not talking about throwing a few cans of Campbell’s into your pot. Your Dutch oven was made to craft food with much more love and care.
The Dutch oven loves medium heat and slow cooking. To get the best use out of it, prep it early, toss the lid on and let your soup simmer. It’s great for softening those root vegetables like potatoes, carrots and parsnips without losing their integrity. The low and slow cooking method intensifies the flavors wonderfully and produces that nostalgic aroma we all crave when the colder weather comes rushing in.
Speaking of colder weather, who doesn’t love a good beef stew to warm up with on a winter day? Grab your Dutch oven, and trust me, it’s all you’ll need. Your Dutch oven will perfectly brown your meat, awarding your stew with that delicious buttery flavor. Additionally, the brown bits from your beef make a prime base of flavor.
Remember you Dutch oven guarantees even cooking temperatures. Plus, the lid was designed to let very little steam escape which is ideal to create the perfect gravy. Like soups, you can cook this slow and low once adding the rest of your ingredients. Your stew can be cooked stove top or in the oven. Either way, you can walk away, relax for 2 hours and this pot will do the work for you. You don’t want to go through this winter without one.

Use it to Roast

One pot meals should be every house-hold staple for gatherings. You can find an endless amount of one pot recipes on Pinterest of pasta and rice dishes, but get ready to blow your friends and family away with this beautiful Dutch oven classic. We’re talking full-on roast chicken.
One would think that roasting a chicken in a closed pot wouldn’t necessarily roast it. I was skeptical too. But the way that the Dutch oven is designed bakes the skin perfectly crisp. And the lid actually keeps the chicken super moist so that you’re not constantly basting it.
I know, I know. It seems impossible. But it’s not, and it’s such a simple elegant dinner. Trust the Dutch.
Toss in some chopped up veggies and a seasoned 5lb chicken and your Dutch oven will take it from there. Once in the oven and lid on, the heat will circulate and transfer to the food from every direction ensuring that your chicken will roast thoroughly. Imagine your guests walking into your home with the aroma of buttery roast chicken and thyme filling the air. Smells like love to me!
The Dutch oven is definitely a winner winner chicken dinner when it comes to roasting chicken in my book. Why waste time with your roasting rack and losing the oven heat each time you open it to baste the chicken when the Dutch oven does it all for you.

Use it to Fry

Once again, your Dutch oven steals the show for its abilities to conduct and maintain heat. Do away with the deep fryer, your Dutch oven has taken over and is here to stay.
To a lot of us, frying food can be an intimidating task. Because the Dutch oven maintains the temperature of the heated oil, it gives you the control as the cook. When cooking with oil, you should follow the slow and low method that you use for your soups and stews. This gives you control over a steady heat without scorching the enamel – and it’s safer for you. Remember, each stove produces heat differently. To ensure a safe and successful fry, start at a medium heat and raise it slightly if needed.
Frying can be messy as the oil tends to splatter the stove top or even your arms. But the tall walls of your Dutch oven keep the oil in check and act as a solid barrier to create a less mess situation. If you’re ever unsure of how much oil to use, the safe way to fry would be to only fill 1/3 of your pot with oil. Trust me, this will be plenty.

Use it to Bake

I gifted my partner with a Dutch oven at Christmas last year. The best part about gifting it to someone I live with, is that now I get to use it too. If you are anything like I was a year ago, you’ve maybe heard of a Dutch oven before but aren’t quite familiar with how to use it. Out of the many ways to use your Dutch oven, this one intrigued me most.
Baking is not really my forte in the kitchen, but I’m not particularly bad at it either. Never would I have imagined that this pot could bake a loaf of bread. I just typically stick with standard baking dishes like a loaf pan.
What makes the Dutch oven fool proof for bread baking is the lid. Having the lid on in the oven creates a generous amount of steam to keep your bread moist while also producing that perfect drool-worthy crust. Pro-tip: preheat your Dutch oven before adding your dough to give it that good crust at the bottom of your loaf.

But how does it all work?

Picture the perfect wood-fire, cheese bubbling pizza. If you’ve never had one, put it on your bucket list, they’re absolutely delicious. Wood-fire pizzas are cooked in a hearth that is built to retain heat and, because of the dome shape, it’s reflective. This means that the heat is directed from all over creating that gorgeous, brown crust and cheese that can pull for days. Your Dutch oven bakes similarly to this, conducting the heat from every direction, and is why it creates the perfect loaf of bread every time. This also means, you can bake pizza in your Dutch oven! Just be sure to line it with parchment paper for an easy transfer.

Looking for a late night, sweet tooth craving?

Your Dutch oven will be your adult Easy-Bake. Smoothly pack a roll of cookie dough into your Dutch oven, bake it on a low temp until you achieve that perfect, pretty golden texture, then top it with your choice of ice cream! The low temp keeps the dough soft and delicious while, much like your bread, creating that buttery, golden crust on top. Your Dutch oven is now not only a convenient baking accessory, but it also doubles as a beautifully classic serving dish!

Time to Add to Your Collection


There’s no need to break the bank on your Dutch oven. Although the Le Creuset line is gorgeous and tempting, there are plenty of affordable brands that do just the same and will serve you well.
We have a 6qt Lodge that we proudly display in our home. I got this on discount around the holidays but if you’re looking to purchase now, you can find them just under $100.
As you can see, the Dutch oven is a kitchen must. Now you have a one pot wonder to bake, fry, roast and soup it up! Classic pots and pans are still useful, and not forgotten, but when you need a fuss free meal your Dutch comes in clutch.

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14 Comments

  1. I love it, I haven’t seen or heard about Dutch ovens in ages. I’m amazed that there are so many things that you can do with it, baking, frying roasting and so much more. Thank you for sharing this wonderful information.

    1. Hi Yvonne! Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit Haley’s Kitchen. It truly is an amazing accessory! And the enameled ones come in so many different colors, how could you not want to buy them all!

  2. I just recently got my first dutch oven. I plan on trying some bread in mine soon. Great post!

    1. Thanks Hallie! I got Erin hers for Christmas last year and we’re both obsessed with it! Once we have a bigger kitchen in our own home I will probably invest in a few more of different sizes 🙂

  3. You know, I am so glad that I ran into this article. My aunt gave me a dutch oven for my birthday last week, and honestly…. I have no idea how to use it haha. I got online today, not expecting to find anything relevant enough to what I was looking for because I figure this question would be too broad. But low and behold, you have provided here THE PERFECT article for me. Thank you so much 

    1. Hi Misael! 

      I’m so glad I was able to help you out! Dutch ovens are an amazing accessory and will last you a life time if taken care of properly. You aunt has good taste! 

      If you have any questions I wasn’t able to answer or need any tips feel free to email me at contact@haleyskitchen.com.

      Thank you so much!

  4. I also want one. Looks like a great gadget to have, especially if you are like me and like to make one pot no-fuss meals. Here in South Africa, we have something called a potjie pot which looks like it works on a similar concept but doesn’t look as fancy. I think the Dutch oven is a step up.

    I like that it retains the heat and you can even make your dessert in it. I also like your idea of gifting it to someone you live with, then at least you get to use it too.

    1. Hi Michel!

      I had to look up what a potjie pot was and it is very similar to a Dutch oven! I love that it has legs to stand on! Unfortunately, I don’t live where I can hang one over coals. I’ll have to do some research to see if there’s any ways to use it indoors!

       

      Thank you so much for visiting 🙂 

  5. I don’t have a Dutch oven yet, but given this multifunctional use, I would be happy to add it to my kitchen.
    Your article is so compelling with a great description that I’m seriously considering buying it and starting to try it out in cooking, frying, and baking. I checked on Amazon and there are quite a few choices in terms of shape, size and price.
    Thanks for a great presentation and a great idea!
    Friendly greeting,
    Nina

    1. Hi Nina!

      Dutch ovens are amazing. I use mine almost daily! I guess I need to look into getting a 2nd or 3rd one for variety haha!

  6. I didn’t know dutch ovens could be used to bake! My mom always used it for slow cooking stews and roasts. I learned something new in your article. I didn’t know dutch ovens have been around for 100s of years. Nor, did I know it originated in the Netherlands. Personally, I don’t like slow cooking of any kind. I own an electric power pressure cooker. It acts as a slow cooker as well – but being that I’m into instant gratification, I don’t use that feature. Great post.

    1. Hi Shalisha!

      I’m glad you learned something new, that’s what I’m here for 🙂

      Dutch ovens aren’t just slow cookers, they can really be used for anything. I sometimes whip up meals in 14-20 minutes in my Dutch oven. Since the heat is produced and circulated evenly, they’re great for quick meals or slow cooked meals! Pressure cookers are great it you’re pressed for time for sure.

  7. Hi Hales,

    Thanks for sharing this amazing content of Dutch Oven, it is truly a versatile pot.

    It is an essential piece of cookware for every kitchen, the heavy bottomed lidded pot can do everything from baking, simmering soups, and stews to fry meats.

    But choosing the right one will surely last for a lifetime. Ah, it seems to be the multi-cooker of yore, pot with no mechanical failures.

    I loved its smart design with loop handles and will offer lifetime durability. Amazed by the features you mentioned in this article,

    Great!

    Cheers!

    1. Hi Sam!

      The Dutch oven is probably my favorite kitchen cooking accessory. And this Lodge Dutch oven is perfect if it’s your first time cooking with one. Or even if you’re experienced in Dutch ovens it’s still pretty great!

      And yes, it’s versatile and can cook pretty much anything you want it to. The design is heavy but not too heavy that it can’t be lifted even if it were full of soup. It’s sturdy and durable and I’ve had it for over a year without any damages or chipping from the enamel. If you take care of your cookware, it’ll last a lifetime.

      However, I really need to get myself another one since I cook with this one almost every day haha!

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