What to Make in Your Staub or Le Creuset Braiser Pan and Dutch Oven

Braised Bottom Round Roast with French Onion Gravy

What to make in a braiser? Here are my best recipes for Le Creuset and Staub enamel cast-iron braiser pan and Dutch ovens.

Did you receive a Le Creuset or Staub braiser or Dutch oven as a gift? Did you find one on sale that you couldn’t pass up?

Lucky you! These ovens are essential pieces to the home cook, especially  in winter, for those warming braised meats that get bolder and richer as they cook.

What? You don’t know the difference between a braiser and a Dutch oven? Here’s an explanation. And, for my friends in the U.K., here are some great Le Creuset pans available via mail (er, I mean post). Pour yourself a cup of P.G.Tips and peruse this enticing site.

Here are some of my all-time favorite recipes for these wonderful pans. And surprise! They’re not all French!

1. Beef Carbonnade Recipe for the Braiser

Braised Beef Carbonnade. Photo by ted_major via Flickr

Braised Beef Carbonnade. Photo by ted_major via Flickr

I know. I wrote about this just recently. But I think this classic Belgian recipe might be the best way to inaugurate your braiser pan (though Dutch oven can be used, too).

2. Chicken with 20 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 20 Cloves of Garlic. Photo by Richard Swearinger

Chicken with 20 Cloves of Garlic. Photo by Richard Swearinger

An amazing way to get so much flavor out of chicken!

3. Oven-Barbecue Beef Brisket from Better Homes and Gardens “Red Plaid” Cookbook.

Sorry! No photo of this. But it’s a simple, warming, and lovely and very American way to serve beef Brisket. The recipe calls for a baking pan, but I always use my Le Creuset Braiser. PS: I make this when family–with nieces and nephews–come to town. It’s kid-friendly. Serve with twice-baked potatoes. Always.

4. Bottom Round Roast with French Onion Gravy

Braised Bottom Round Roast with French Onion Gravy

Braised Bottom Round Roast with French Onion Gravy

This cut has so much flavor, and braising is a great way to cook it. Use the cooking juices to make a wonderful French Onion Gravy.

5. My French Pot Roast

My French Pot Roast (aka Pot au Feu).

My French Pot Roast (aka Pot au Feu).

This really is simple, classic, and so very good. Try it with a 7-bone pot roast for amazing flavor and tenderness.

And for those of you who are just coming to this site for the first time, you’ll want to read a few other posts I’ve written about braising and the braiser (and using a Dutch oven instead of a braiser):

What Is a Braiser? What Is a French Oven? Should You Invest?
How to Braise without a Braiser
The Braiser Cookbook Is Now Available
How to Cook Chicken in the Le Creuset Braiser
Braises for the Fall and Winter
Pot Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms and Chervil


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3 comments to What to Make in Your Staub or Le Creuset Braiser Pan and Dutch Oven

  • That silly girl should have taken the green brasier. 🙂 just kidding. I have a large dutch oven in the dune color. It was a gift from my extravagant sister. I tell her she is my favorite. Now I want a brasier.

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

  • Rachel F

    The video clip is great! I can finally see the difference between the braiser and the dutch oven. I have a Le Creuset French Oven, but now of course I want a braiser. And thank you for posting the recipes. I must try the Chicken with 20 Cloves of Garlic – great for immunity this time of year!

  • Rita Pray

    I scored two (!) Le Creuset French Ovens, mini and large sizes, both in beautiful red. I will probably be adapting them to be braisers for a long time, ($$$!) but I think I can get along fine with what I have. Can’t wait to try a few of the recipes in the cookbook—thanks for posting them as reminders.

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