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The beloved Dutch oven is really an all-season piece of cookware. You can use the deep, lidded pot to make soups, stews, braised meats and even breads. However, you can use a mini Dutch oven to make all of that and more.
Le Creuset’s mini cocottes are perfect for making individual-sized dishes like French onion soup, dips, soufflés, baked pastas, gratins, cornbread, cobblers and more. Plus, they’re currently on sale for only $22 each.
Le Creuset 8-Ounce Mini Cocotte, $22 (Orig. $32)
You can get just one or get a set of four for under $100 on Le Creuset’s website. The mini cocottes are 8 ounces and come in several colors — and almost all of them are marked down to $22 from $32.
Keep in mind, one 4.5-quart Dutch oven serves four to five people and costs $375. So in the long run, it’s cheaper to get everyone at the table their own cocotte if you’re using them to make side dishes and desserts. Plus, it’s kind of a nice presentation to give everyone their own dish at dinner.
Unlike the bigger Dutch ovens, the mini version is made with stoneware. However, that makes it freezer-, broiler-, oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Plus, the nonstick interior makes it easy to get your dish out and offers a quicker cleanup.
Basically, there are no downsides to mini cocottes, especially at this price.
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