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Winter Holiday Recipes for Le Creuset and Staub Cookware-Consiglio's Kitchenware

Winter Holiday Recipes for Le Creuset and Staub Cookware

The winter holiday season is rapidly approaching, and for us here at Consiglio’s that raises one very important question - what will we be cooking up this year for our friends, families, and loved ones? In brainstorming everything from the “main event” show stoppers to sides, appetizers and even what to do for breakfast the day of, an important question came up: would it be possible to plan an entire day-long holiday menu using solely cast iron cookware? Turns out, the answer is a resounding YES!

 
 

Winter Holiday Recipes for Le Creuset and Staub Cookware

 

We’ve long held that cast iron cookware - be it enamelled, such as Le Creuset and Staub, or traditional cast iron such as Lodge - is the true workhorse of any kitchen; it’s even what we turn to ourselves for many of the recipes you see here on our Consiglio’s blog! So, to celebrate our love of cast iron and great food, we decided to ring in this holiday season by bringing together a list of some of our favourite cast iron recipes.  

 
 

Winter Holiday Recipes for Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

 

Arguably the most diverse and wide-ranging category of cast iron on the market today, there are a lot of options to choose from when picking out a dutch oven. Will it be a small but stunning 24cm Staub round oven? A massive Le Creuset Goose Pot fit to feed a crowd? Or even, an unadorned Lodge 5qt dutch oven, beautiful in its versatility and simplicity? Regardless of your dutch oven of choice, it should be your go-to cookware when dreaming up everything from bread, to breakfast to turkey for your holiday meal plan!

 

Bread:

 
A valued addition to any meal, homemade bread tastes incredible and is sure to wow house and dinner guests. Use it as a side during the main course, a snack throughout a hectic day of cooking, or serve alongside a hot dip for a hearty appetizer. For inspiration, we normally turn to a simple no-knead dutch oven bread, or you can try
 
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Aged Cheddar and Bacon
or Olive & Rosemary Bread from Le Creuset (shown above) , or Spelt Wholemeal Bread from Staub for something a little bit more fancy.

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Breakfast: 

For my family, Christmas is one of the few times throughout the year that we’re all able to assemble under one roof - it’s a beautiful time, but as the holiday meal planner of the bunch it raises the question of how, exactly, to feed upwards of a dozen hungry people in the morning quickly and easily without having to wake up hours before the rest. The answer - breakfast for a crowd in dutch oven! Not only does it remove the need for me to stand over the stove while everyone is enjoying their morning coffee, these breakfast ideas can often be assembled and prepared using just the dutch oven, cutting down on the volume of post-meal dishes. When thinking up what breakfast meals will work best, I normally consider making Eggs in Purgatory for a crowd, a french toast casserole or even simple hash brown casserole as a side - all require minimal prep time before baking off in the oven, and are versatile enough that they can be adjusted for dietary restrictions of a crowd be it a lactose intorlerance or vegetarian in the group.

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Though the selctions above are for Staub and Le Creuset oval dutch ovens, breakfast casseroles will work equally round in a round dutch oven as well! 

Holiday Season Classics and Mains:

One of my favourite staples of holiday meals is turkey - it’s the main (food) event of the holiday season that I’ll find myself counting down to in anticipation! Whether you prefer turkey, or have a tradition of roast goose for the holiday season, an oval dutch oven such as the Le Creuset Goose Pot is an easy and hassle-free way to get your bird cooked to perfection! If, like me, you prefer to spatchcock your bird for roasting, you’ll need a way to cook up your stuffing on the side - my go-to the past couple years has been a Staub round dutch oven - I can cook my sausage, onions, celery and carrots in the oven on the stove top, deglaze, add my toasted bread, apples, cranberries, walnuts and “secret blend of herbs” (rosemary, sage, and a touch of savoury), top off with stock and simply toss it in the oven - no mess, no fuss.

If roast bird is not part of your holiday tradition, or you’re simply looking for a meal to feed a crowd leading up to the main-event, we recommend taking a look at this Christmas Eve Beef Stew from Le Creuset, or Oven Beef Stew from Lodge.

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Risotto:

Whether it be as a side or as a stand-alone main or lunch idea, risotto is a hearty classic, making it a perfect fit for for the winter holiday season. Staub has a great collection of Risotto recipes, including Spring Vegetable, Italian Cheese, Mussels in Lemon and an intriguing Risotto with Strawberries, or you can try our very own Mushroom Risotto recipe from Chef Angela Consiglio.

Staub Lemon Mussel Risotto

These risotto recipes work well in a round dutch oven, as shown in the Staub recipes above; alternatively, they can also be done in a brasier such as the Le Creuset 30cm or 32 cm braiser, or the Staub Chistera braiser.

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Side Dishes:

Almost as important as the main event, every great holiday meal deserves great side dishes! The versatility of cast iron dutch ovens makes them an excellent choice for prepairing side dishes, and their ability to be used on either a cooktop or in the oven allows for strategizing and maximizing valuable kitchen space. When looking for sides, we turn to the  Twice Baked Potato Casserole from Lodge or Warm Mustard Greens from Le Creuset. 
 
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The potato casserole could work just as well in a braiser, and although the recipe for the greens was designed with the Le Creuset Saucier in mind, it  could also be done in a small dutch oven. The Le Creuset Sweet Potato Casserole is designed to be used in the Le Creuset Pumpkin Casserole, but recipe would work equally well in a small dutch oven!

 

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As a bonus, if you’re looking for a hearty soup to keep you warm throughout the winter months a dutch oven is a great choice for a classic chicken noodle soup, and is what we use in our very own Roasted Maple Cinnamon Squash Soup recipe! Not to mention, a dutch oven can quickly turn any leftover turkey or chicken you make have into an excellent white chili.

 
 

Winter Holiday Recipes for Cast Iron Skillets

 

Breakfast:  

Cast iron skillets are a natural choice when looking to prepare fast but tasty breakfast. For something easy, filling, and a touch of pizzaz, I normally turn to whipping up a Frittata - the Tomato Basil Caprese Frittata or Leafy Greens Frittata from Lodge are a great place to get some inspiration. Lodge also has a great recipe for Skillet French Toast that makes use of their 12 inch cast iron skillet. Cast iron skillets are great for high-temperature frying, meaning that they can also be used to whip up incredible potato latkes. If you prefer small, individual-sized breakfast meals, the smaller 8 inch Lodge cast iron skillets are incredible for Yorkshire Pudding! If pancakes or bacon and eggs are more your style, both Le Creuset and Lodge offer large reversible griddles perfect for breakfast time.

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Side Dishes:

As mentioned above, side dishes are an imperative part of the holiday meal experience. My hands-down favourite side dish to make in a cast iron skillet has to be brussel sprouts - the high-temperature cooking ability of cast iron allows you to get an incredible char on the brussel sprouts without the risk of overdoing them. My preparation is brussel sprouts with bacon, though you could just as well do a charred brussel sprout in sweet balsamic glaze for a vegetarian version! Other side ideas include the Braised Kale with Bacon and Onions recipe from Lodge, or skillet scalloped potatoes or cauliflower gratin. It’s even possible to do your stuffing/dressing in a skillet (see this Rosemary Thyme recipe from Lodge to see their take on making this holiday classic in a skillet)!

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Dessert:

One thing some people are surprised to learn is that cast iron skillets are great desserts and pies. The Cranberry Apple Pie or Berry Skillet Galet recipes from Lodge, or Peach Clafoutis from Le Creuset are a great place to start looking for inspiration.

 Le Creuset Peach Clafoutis

 

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Alternate Mains:

 
Cast iron grill pans and skillets are also a great tool for preparing holiday season main dishes, especially in those times that don’t quite call for a full roast dinner. Growing up, I used to love having pizza on Christmas eve, and a cast iron skillet is great for fast homemade pizza that comes together in minutes without sacrificing flavour -  see this Margherita Pizza recipe from Lodge for inspiration! 


For those more carnivorous eaters, cast iron grill pans and skillets are second to none when it comes to preparing steak indoors - you can look to this Flank Steak Roulade recipe from Lodge for a fancier preparation, or use a grill pan to get a perfectly prepared steak and serve it with a simple compound butter.

 

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Dips:

 
Nothing goes better with fresh, warm bread than a great dip. Lodge’s Caramelized Onion Dip uses one of their cast iron skillets, though many dips can also be done in Lodge’s smaller oval dishes or even a small Staub cocotte - baked brie or spinach artichoke dips are classic, or you can try a Chicken Liver Mousse for something more savoury.
 

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Not only is it possible to plan and entire day-long winter holiday menu soely using cast iron cookware, your options for putting together a cast iron feast for you and your loved ones is limited only by your creativity (and, maybe picky eaters). 

If I had my way, my choices would be eggs in purgatory for lunch, a fast skillet pizza for a quick lunch, chicken liver mousse dip with olive and rosemary dutch oven bread for an appetizer, then a roast turkey, stuffing, and charred brussel sprouts for the main event.

What would your dream holiday cast iron meal be? Share your ideas in the comments below!

 

 

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