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Dutch Oven Cooking
December 6, 2009
9:21 pm
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Farmgirl wannabe
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I have enjoyed my new cast-iron skillet so much these past few weeks, it is versatile and I am using it a lot...so I went out and got a cast-iron Dutch Oven.  Not sure what to make first.  Any ideas about what works well in a Dutch Oven? Chef

December 6, 2009
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EVERYTHING!!!

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Seriously, it's the original slow cooker!  They were originally put inside the remains of a fire, and covered with coals and ashes to warm slowly, adding or removing hot coals and embers around them to keep constant heat around them... just like a crock pot does.  The lid sealed very well to keep ashes out and the moisture in. All that makes them good for low and slow, even cooking. 

After saying all that, the heavy sides and bottom also makes for good higher heat cooking though, one of my faves is roast whole chicken.  I have a long one that spans two burners on top of the stove, or holds two chickens inside the oven.  Yum!

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December 6, 2009
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Wow!  I didn't know they made them that large!!  You could feed quite a crowd.

Since you said slow cooker, I wondered how about the Crockpot Tamale Pie recipe that was posted recently?  Looks good.

What temperature and how much time for a whole chicken?  Is lower temp, slower cook time better than hot and fast with a DO?

December 6, 2009
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At 350 for a chicken is what I do, take the lid off for the end, 10 min or so to let it brown.  I would absolutely use it for cooking chili or a pot of beans etc and the tamale pie recipe sounds like a good thing to try in it, I'm not sure how or when I'd do the cornbread topping.  You could cook the main part and add the corn bread later to cook it, or try it as the recipe says, right at the start.  In either case, I don't think either would be bad, just one way may be better than the other. 

I really don't think there's any better pot for cooking beans, stews or anything that needs time to cook on the top of the stove or in the oven.  Crock pots are great if you need to be away at work or something, but a good cast iron dutch oven is hard to beat if you're around more or at least not gone ALL day.  My mom used to use it when away all day in the oven before crock pots were born, the house never burned down, but maybe both have their place nowadays. Smile

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December 6, 2009
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Skeller, i actually did use my cast iron dutch oven to do that Crockpot Tamale Pie recipe.  (Waited too long to get it into the crockpot, so it was the oven!)  Right how the recipe calls for adding things.  The meat mixture is all cooked, it just needs to heat, and the time to cook is actually for the cornbread.  I put oven times at the bottom of the recipe.  

And you can bake a round loaf of bread in that, too!  If you put the lid on for part of the baking time (I think about 1/2 of the time), then take off, it gets quite crusty.

You can do sooooo many things in the dutch oven.  Actually almost anything that goes in the oven, and like Deb said, for cooking chili, stews.

We use ours on the fire grill in the summer, too, for cooking potatoes.  The lid seals so tightly, potatoes use the same amount of time as the meat almost!

Have fun with your new found kitchen gadget!!!

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