41 uses for a Le Creuset 5.5 Quart Cooker

Popcorn in Le Creuset
Popcorn in Le Creuset

Suzy was thinking about buying a Le Creuset Dutch oven, but wasn’t sure how she could use it in her everyday kitchen. Here are my favorite ways:

  1. Making any kind of soup. For example, Green Garlic Soup with Potatoes.
  2. Any kind of stew, including Lamb Stew with Leeks and Baby Artichokes
  3. Perfect Popcorn
  4. Easy Cassoulet (really, it is easy!)
  5. Short Ribs with Baby Turnips
  6. Pot of Beans (perfect for summer BBQs)
  7. Bread in my oven (Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day)
  8. Anything I would make in my slow cooker or pressure cooker
  9. I can also use it as a double boiler, a pudding steamer, a spaghetti sauce maker, a risotto cooker, a jam cooker, and for boiling water.

Did you really expect 41? Come on folks, I am not even close to being that creative or having that much time! What is your favorite way to use a Le Creuset (i.e. how would you justify the $234.95 price tag?). BTW, did you know that Le Creuset comes in a new color? Cassis. Purple in my crayon box. I. Am. In. Heaven.

6 comments

  1. Roasting a whole chicken. Jambalaya. Making a big batch of caramelized onions. Risotto.

  2. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    do you roast it in the oven? Lid on or off?

    And, can you freeze caramelized onions? They take so long to make, it would be great to make a big batch for later…

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  4. Rainier Wolfcastle

    I second everything Kitchen Gadget Girl said above. BTW, that Perfect Popcorn recipe, if followed to the letter, really does work. In addition:

    Almost any slow-cooked dish that says to simmer on the stove can be cooked in a Le Creuset (I actually slightly prefer Staub), covered, in a 325F oven. Much more even cooking, no need to tend it to make sure it is simmering enough but only just simmering. Just bring it to a boil/simmer, put it in the pre-heated oven, stop by once about 20-30 minutes later, open oven door, and listen. If you can hear boiling, turn the temp down 10-15F. If not, leave it.

    Since I got various sizes of Le Creuset/Staub I simply haven’t used my slow cooker.

    I’d also mention a couple of obvious but more specific uses: chili and gumbo. I have a monster 13qt Le Creuset for big batches.

  5. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    while in Paris, we had a wonderful chicken and mashed potato dish in a Staub, made me want to go out and buy one immediately.

    Do you have recommendations on where to buy Le Creuset/Staub?

    And, I don’t know if I could ever have a 13qt one, I have a hard time lifting the 5.5qt fully loaded!

  6. Rainier Wolfcastle

    Sur La Table has both Le Creuset and Staub, and once you figure in shipping charges, it is just about the same price to buy one locally as to buy out-of-state. Staub are very high quality (like Le Creuset), and are comparably priced as well. They have the little braising nipples on the underside of the lid that allow condensed steam to drip evenly over the food rather than rolling down the inside of the lid to the sides, and thus leaving the top surface of the food potentially more dry.

    Staub also tends to use metal lid handles rather than plastic, which I like. But I have to admit that the two brands are very similar in most respects. I do not think Staub has your beloved new Le Creuset color, though. Everything I’ve bought has been somewhere on the dark orange/cherry red/burgundy axis.

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