It’s the perfect time of year to start talking about comfort dishes, cozy kitchens, gift ideas, and as a bonus — today’s post ties all those fall and holiday feels together! I’m sharing some of my favorite cool weather meals, one pot dinner possibilities, and some gift ideas for those extra special occasions or people in your life. My kitchen remodel (Phase II) hasn’t yet begun, but even in its current state, it’s feeling totally fit for the season and the holidays ahead!
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Form Meets Function: When Last Night’s Dinner Cookware Doubles as Today’s Kitchen Decor
Over time, I’ve built a full collection of the cornerstone of today’s post — my Le Creuset ® cookware. From a big ‘ol stock pot; to the perfect sized, universal Dutch oven; to the more petite braiser, I’ve got all my bases covered. And while I don’t typically display them all at once, any single piece is pretty enough to show off on the stovetop.
Styling the kitchen with your best, pretty, functional pieces gives it the feeling that it’s an actual, working, regularly used kitchen which in turn, gives it a nostalgic feeling of family dinners and dishes of comfort. While I don’t love cluttered countertops, I do love displaying my prettiest and most used tools (something we’ve chatted about many times before). With a kitchen full of organic materials — lots of wood and marble — I’ve kept my Le Creuset ® collection to a single tone in all white. It’s timeless, easy to coordinate, and never gets old. Here’s a look at the staple pieces in my collection.
And as we step into the cooler months, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a traditional take on an easy, hearty classic… the pot roast dinner.
Dutch Oven Pot Roast Recipe
It’s easy, it’s rib stickin’, and it’s the perfect dish to start in the AM. I prefer a lean cut of beef, so I usually go for a sirloin tip or bottom round in lieu of a chuck roast. A lot of people tend to gravitate toward chuck roasts since the fat helps make the meat tender, but the Dutch oven will help make even the leanest meat more tender. And, as I mentioned, you can prep, cook, and even serve from the same Dutch oven. For best results, I do start off by searing each side of the roast, after patting each side with salt and pepper.
While I use beef broth and just supplement with water, you can also use 100% broth.
Traditional Dutch Oven Pot Roast
This is an old and favorite recipe where the entire meal may be cooked and served in one pot. Through the years, the cooking methods and accompaniments may have been changed by many, but this recipe is still one of my favorites!
- 1 3 -4 lb. Beef Roast May use chuck roast, but my preferred cut is sirloin tip or bottom round
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1 Envelope Dry French Onion Soup Mix
- 2 cups Beef Broth
- 5-6 Small to medium red-skinned new potatoes It is best to leave whole, but may be halved
- 4-5 Small yellow onions, peeled May be halved if large
- 4-5 Large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium heat.
While oil is heating up, liberally add salt and pepper to both sides of the roast.
When oil is hot, add roast to the Dutch oven. Sear on first side for approximately 5 -6 minutes or until meat is easily lifted from the Dutch oven. Turn over and repeat on the other side. (Note: if the cut of beef is thick, you may also sear the sides for a minute or so.)
Sprinkle French onion soup mix on roast.
Add beef broth around the roast. Lower the stove tem to medium low. Check the roast periodically and add additional liquid, if needed.
After the roast has cooked for at least two hours, add the potatoes, onions and carrots to the broth around the roast. Salt, pepper and/or onion salt may be sprinkled on the vegetables, if desired. (The longer you cook the roast, the better. At a minimum, cook for two hours)
Cook for an additional one hour. Continue to check on the roast periodically to ensure the broth continues to simmer. Add additional broth or water, as needed.
Roast is done when you can easily shred it with an inserted fork.
Prior to serving, garnish the roast with rosemary branches and the vegetables with parsley leaves (optional).
And my favorite part about pot roast dinners… the leftovers!
How to Use Pot Roast Leftovers
The pot roast is a tender beef and while it’s flavorful, it isn’t too specifically seasoned that it wouldn’t be versatile in its second life. From this pot roast round, I made one of my favorites for lunch — bbq beef wraps.
Leftover Pot Roast Meal Ideas:
- Vegetable Beef “Stewp” (recipe below)
- Beef Stew
- Roast beef hash
- French dip sandwiches
- Barbecue beef sandwiches or wraps — garnish with pickles and chopped purple onion
- Barbecue beef salad — try with Ranch dressing!
- Barbecue beef stuffed potatoes
- Shredded beef nachos
- Beef Stroganoff
- Lettuce wraps
- Stuffed peppers
- Beef quesadillas
- Brisket-style tacos with salsa
- Turn au jus into gravy and serve with rice
Vegetable Beef "Stewp"
This is a hearty and delicious "stewp" that is based on the leftovers of the Traditional Dutch Oven Pot Roast recipe. Why "stewp?" The consistency may be made as thick or liquid-y as you prefer. The thicker the consistency, the more it is like stew. The thinner the consistency, the more it is like a soup. Adding more liquid and less solid ingredients will result in Vegetable Beef "Soup."
- Leftover roast Shred or chop into small pieces
- 4 Cups Beef Broth Chicken Broth may be substituted
- 2 Stalks Celery, diced It's good to chop and add the leaves for extra flavor!
- 1 Onion, peeled and diced
- 1 Can Finely diced tomatoes, including juice
- 1 Can Crushed tomatoes, including juice
- 1 Can Yellow corn, drained
- 1 Pkg Frozen soup vegetables
- Leftover pot roast vegetables
- 1 Cup Elbow macaroni
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Add shredded/chopped leftover roast to stock pot or Dutch oven.
Cover with beef broth and turn stove heat to medium.
Add the celery, onions, tomatoes, corn and frozen soup vegetables.
Add chopped leftover roast vegetables and turn heat to medium low.
Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Simmer for one hour or until celery and onion are tender.
Throw in elbow macaroni and stir to incorporate. Continue to simmer until macaroni is al dente.
NOTE: If you desire a thinner consistency, you made add additional broth or water during the cooking process. The macaroni will thicken the consistency, so you may add liquid at any point in the process.
You may add additional vegetables (i.e. carrots, potatoes, etc.) according to your taste. Make sure to add raw vegetables to the pot early in the process.
Cooked shredded chicken may be substituted for the beef.
Any leftovers may be frozen and enjoyed later.
Dutch Oven One Pot Dinner Ideas
Le Creuset ® Dutch ovens are investments but along with their can’t-be-beat cook, they are awesome for flavorful, juicy one-pot meals. Here are a few more one pot dinner ideas to cook and serve direct from your Dutch oven.
- New England Boiled Dinner
- Red Beans and Rice
- Beef Stew
- Shrimp Creole
- Hungarian Ghoulash
- Braised Chicken and Vegetables
- Chicken and Dumplings
- Ham and Bean Soup
- Frogmore Stew
- Brunswick Stew
- Pork Roast
- Beef Stroganoff
- Chicken and Rice
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Mulled Cider
- Holiday Potpourri
Premiere Kitchenware & Le Creuset ® Gifting — Occasions & Pairing Ideas
As I mentioned, Le Creuset ® Dutch ovens are incredible lifetime, generational pieces. And, they’re the “ultimate” for those who love to work in a kitchen — but they’re also investments. While they probably aren’t the caliber gift you’re going to just gift anyone, I’ve received pieces as gifts from those closest to me, and the gesture has meant so much. While those who use them swear by them, those who aren’t as familiar may be hesitant about the benefits and allure of investing in quality cookware or may not be accustomed to splurging on themselves. But, gifting someone something they may not purchase for themselves is one of my favorite kinds of gifts to give. *As mentioned above, Le Creuset is currently offering 20% off purchases of three pieces or more, through Wayfair HERE.
- Shower or Wedding Gift (you can even split the cost with a friend, depending on your budget)
- Anniversary Gift (if you were looking for a time to splurge, this is it)
- Someone who just upgraded their kitchen (they probably will be eager to upgrade their kitchenware, too)
- Cooks as a hobby
- Joint Family Gift (instead of several items individually, get together with your siblings to gift one substantial, meaningful piece)
- Cooks as a profession
- Mother’s Day Gift
- Father’s Day Gift
- Housewarming Gift (another opportunity to upgrade and split the cost)
- College Graduation
- Family recipes in a recipe box
- Wooden stir spoon
- Garlic Press
- Soup Ladle
- Kitchen Towel
- Holiday Stovetop Potpourri Mix (dry ingredients with recipe)
- Hot pads
- Recipe Ingredients (i.e. Bean soup mix, marinara sauce, etc.)