I purchased a Le Creuset French Oven for my husband for Christmas. OK, so I am the one who is using it, but he gets to eat the food so that makes it for him right? I chose the 3.5 quart Le Creuset cherry round oven, which has worked perfectly so far for braising beef, roasting chicken, and making soup.
Le Creuset makes porcelain enameled cast iron cookware, and they are well known for their skillets and Dutch ovens (actually French since it is a French company). The French oven can be used on the stove top or in the oven, and it provides perfect even heating and easy clean up. Unlike standard cast iron, it never needs seasoning.
I am already in love with it. You can use it to brown meat on the stove top, then turn around and roast or braise with it in the oven. For example, here is a look at it with a yummy Braised Beef about to go into the oven.
So far, my Le Creuset has cooked everything flawlessly. I am also impressed with how well it retains heat to keep your food warm when you remove it from the oven. You can also use it to keep food cold. Cast iron is great for retaining its temperature.
Clean up so far has been a breeze. When I made the braised beef, the pan looked like something that would never come clean. But I filled it with soapy water and it wiped right off. You can also put Le Creuset items in the dishwasher. Care is pretty easy. Don’t use sharp or metal objects with it to avoid scratching, and always have a bit of liquid or oil in it when heating. The pan comes with a lifetime warranty.
I will be adding quite a few Dutch Oven recipes now that I have this. You can get one for yourself at Sur la Table.