It seems there is a kitchen tool for every job these days. There is a special slicer that will spiral-cut vegetables, a cup that will separate an egg, and a tool that will quarter grapes, but when it comes right down to it, having a fully stocked kitchen requires just a few key items, among them, a Dutch oven. A Dutch oven is a serious multi-tasker in the kitchen; it is ideal for frying, cooking soups and stews, roasting and braising meats, and even baking bread. The domed lid holds moisture in for fork-tender braising and helps mimic the steam in a commercial bread oven for bread with a crisp crust. Dutch ovens can be used on the stovetop, in the oven, and are essential at a campsite. Give a couple of these recipes a try to experience the versatility of this kitchen workhorse.
Ever heard of a French cocotte?
A British casserole dish?
The Australian bedourie or South African potje?
The influence of the Dutch oven is vast, and variations on the multipurpose tool can be found across the culinary world.