At The Table With: Ty Schmidt, Creator of SchmidtyBakes

At The Table With: Ty Schmidt, Creator of SchmidtyBakes

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10 Delicious Things You Can Make in Cast Iron, feat. Le Creuset

Feb 3, 2023

Udon Noodle Soup in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that we love Le Creuset.

And it isn’t just because of their eye-catching colors.

Nope—we’ve fallen head over heels for this nearly-100-year-old French brand because of the stunning quality and endless versatility. From soups and roasts to breads and bakes, there’s almost nothing a Le Creuset Dutch oven can’t do.

So of course, when Le Creuset announced the release of their brand new 2.75-Qt. Shallow Round Dutch Oven, we jumped at the chance to showcase everything these enameled cast iron cookpots could do.

So, roll up your sleeves and dive into 10 of our favorite cast iron one-pan recipes inspired by Le Creuset.


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Persian Jeweled Rice in Red Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Persian Jeweled Rice

Beautiful and brimming with notes of saffron and dried fruit, this elegant one-pot dish is also surprisingly easy!

The saffron is steeped in water to make a “tea” and then added to the dish alongside the lemon zest and dried fruit. All the ingredients simmer together for just under 30 minutes, creating a dish that’s elegant yet simple enough for a weeknight meal.

Get the Persian Jeweled Rice recipe!

Udon Noodle Soup in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Udon Noodle Soup with Baby Bok Choy

Nothing says “winter,” quite like a steaming bowl of noodle soup. Which is why we love this belly-warming cast iron recipe.

Filled to the brim with fresh carrots, mushrooms and bok choy and steeped with aromas of ginger and garlic, it’s all tied together with traditional Japanese dashi broth. Give it a try and whisk your taste buds away on a global excursion.

Get the Udon Noodle Soup with Baby Bok Choy recipe!

Clam Chowder in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven

New England Summer Clam Chowder

Clam chowder. It’s a quintessential East Coast summer food, enjoyed while strolling down the grassy, sandy dunes along the shore.

And even if you’ve never stepped foot on the Eastern Seaboard, you can still enjoy the saltiness of cherrystone clams, the heartiness of Yukon Gold potatoes with thick cut bacon and the soul-satisfying layers of fresh corn and zucchini as they mingle in the herby cream broth.

Yeah, we’re not waiting on summertime to enjoy this one.

Get the New England Summer Clam Chowder recipe!

Coq au Vin in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Chicken Braised in Red Wine (Coq Au Vin)

Coq au vin is about as French a dish as you can get.

Built atop a base of mirepoix (onion, celery and carrots, if you didn’t know) and swimming in a bold red wine, this dish wafts with aromas of dry, candied cherry, savory, caramelized vegetables and perfectly cooked chicken. Every bite is *chef’s kiss.*

Get the Chicken Braised in Red Wine (Coq Au Vin) recipe!

Thai Pumpkin Chicken Curry in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Thai Pumpkin Curry Soup

Listen, there’s no rule that says you have to wait until fall to enjoy pumpkin. Especially when it’s made into a curry that bursts with the warm flavors of red curry paste, minced ginger and heaps of fresh herbs and veggies.

This one includes directions for a ginger jasmine rice that’s easy enough to whip up and pair with your favorite Asian-inspired dish, any night of the week.

Get the Thai Pumpkin Curry Soup recipe!

Barley Vegetable Soup in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Beef, Barley and Vegetable Soup

We love when a soup is not only hearty and rustic, but also brimming with enough fresh veggies to get in our daily recommended serving.

And this one is no exception. Stuffed with four different fresh veggies, sliced London broil and a broth made with tomato paste and red wine, this might just be our new cold-weather classic.

Get the Beef, Barley and Vegetable Soup recipe!

Chocolate Chip Cookie in Le Creuset Skillet

Salty Dark and Milk Chocolate Skillet Cookie

Here’s the thing: we love whipping up a good 3-course dinner or bougie brunch—it’s the core of who we are. But when we tell you that we’re suckers for an ooey-gooey dessert, you better believe it.

And nothing says ooey-gooey like a homemade skillet cookie. Warm chocolate chunks, notes of melted butter, vanilla and sugar and topped with vanilla ice cream… maybe we just might skip dinner altogether.

Get the Salty Dark and Milk Chocolate Skillet Cookie recipe!

Chicken and Artichokes in a Le Creuset Pan

Braised Chicken with Artichokes

We think artichokes don’t get the attention they deserve.

Sure, they’re pretty funny-looking when they’re growing out of the ground, but they’re versatile and offer a nutty sweetness that drives us, well, nuts.

And we think this dish really lets them shine. Lemon juice and dry white wine offer a welcomed brightness while an herby basil dressing ties it all together. Pair it with a simple rice pilaf for a rustic but elegant meal.

Get the Braised Chicken with Artichokes recipe!

Brisket in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Smokey Braised Brisket and Onions

If you’re looking for a slow-cooked, Sunday night dinner that’ll warm you from the inside out, give this Smokey Braised Brisket and Onions recipe a try.

It takes about 3½ hours in the oven to get the brisket to that “so tender it falls apart” doneness, but it’s well worth the wait.

Serve the meat and sauce atop some homemade mashed potatoes. Or use the leftovers to make a brisket sandwich that’ll have you eagerly awaiting your lunch break.

Get the Smokey Braised Brisket and Onions recipe!

Zoodles with Ragu Sauce in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Zucchini Noodles with Zesty Ragu Sauce

We love this recipe for one simple reason: the sauce.

Sure, sure, we’ve made it “healthy” by swapping pasta for zucchini noodles, but trust us—this classic Italian sauce is so hearty and delicious, you won’t be missing the spaghetti.

The ingredients are all cooked together in one pot, allowing the flavors to mingle, and then it’s popped into the oven for 1½ hours to induce maximum flavor. Don’t be surprised if you end up snacking on this ragu with a slice of bread—that is how they enjoy it in the old country.

Get the Zucchini Noodles with Zesty Ragu Sauce recipe!

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