10 Reasons to Break Out Your Dutch Oven

Now that it’s finally cool enough to turn your oven on again, you’ll want to break your Dutch oven out of storage. Here are our top 10 ways to put it to good use.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

1. Monkey Bread: Sweet or savory, campfire or not — fill your Dutch oven to make monkey bread for a crowd.

2. Carnitas: Braise pork shoulder till it’s tender, then let it brown up till it’s crispy for the perfect taco filler.

3. Risotto: Whether stirred on the stovetop or baked in the oven, a big batch of risotto does quite nicely in a Dutch oven.

4. Roast Chicken: Leave the lid off the top for a super-juicy inside and nice crispy skin on top.

5. Baking Bread: Really! High-heat-friendly cast iron gets you an incredible crust.

6. Apple Butter: Gone apple picking? Cook a bunch of apples down low and slow till they shed their moisture and go from sauce to butter.

7. Fire Pit Cooking: Go old school and tuck your oven into hot coals for fireside beans, potatoes or stew.

8. French Fries: A big, deep pot is perfect for frying up big batches of fries, calamari or chicken.

9. Cobbler: Cook the fruit base in the pot, then drop the biscuits right on top.

10. Braising, of Course: Dutch ovens have tall sides and hold heat evenly, so they’re perfect for turning short ribs, brisket chunks and pork shoulder into tender stew.

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