Slow cookers might be the appliance everyone thinks of when the season turns chilly, but Dutch ovens are the real workhorses of any cold-weather kitchen.A Dutch oven is basically just a large, heavy cooking pot, but they’re good for anything from braising to bread baking.
Their only downfall is that they weigh a ton, but that’s because they’re built to last. Not only do they stand the test of time ― Le Creuset, who famously makes these, has a lifetime guarantee ― but they’re designed to simmer on the stove for hours on end and to withstand the high heat of the oven. They’re typically made from extra-heavy cast iron, with an enamel coating. In other words, they’re tough.
It’s time you got them to work in your kitchen. Here are 10 delicious meals you can ― and should ― be making in your Dutch oven this season.