Dutch Oven. Yesssss my 5-year-old self goes there too. Ugh.
The truth of it all is, Dutch ovens seriously rule. If you don't have one, just go ahead and rethink your entire path in life thus far.
Let me just tell you why I'm in major hardcore embarrassing love with mine.
1) It's a Le Creuset, THAT I FOUND for serious cheap at an antique store. Yes, mommy.
2) It's mint green. Can't even take it.
3) Dutch ovens will do anything. They really will. They cook almost ANY food and you can use it almost ANYwhere. Oven, stove-top, grill. Done. It gives zero attitude and will deliver food so gorgeously cooked, you'll lose your stinkin' mind.
Get one. Getonegetonegetonegetone.
Let's make food in it!
Grab a whole cut-up chicken (I actually had my butcher cut mine up. Saved me like 27 hours), some shallots, garlic, apricots, nectarines (or plums! my store was out and I was sad.), a Progresso Recipe Starters Basil Parmesan cream sauce, and a lemon. See those olives? Yeah those were just for snacking. Ignore 'em.
Heat some awl in a Dutch oven, and sear the chicken for 3 minutes on both sides.
Then just place it all on a baking sheet for a lil' bit. If you need to sear the chicken in batches, das fine.
Also, go ahead and prep your fruit while the chicken sears. For the apricots, just run your knife tip to root, and twist the fruit away from the pit. Then scoop the pit right now. Simp simp simp. For the nectarines, do the same thing, but all the way around the fruit, creating little slices. Then just pull the slices away from the pit. Done.
Back in the pot, sauté the shallots and garlic. Never has there been a better smell, yo.
Then add the fruit! Weird, right? But oh. Oh it's good.
Then pour the basil cream sauce right over everything. Mmmmmm.
Now, nestle the chicken pieces back in the pot. Nestle nestle nestle. Lower the heat, cover and simmer everything about 45 minutes. Give her a stir once in a while.
Fancy seeing you here.
Why are you so delicious?
So yeah, pretty much time to Dutch oven your life. (Okay, I went there too.) * So did you buy one yet? For more musings, visit her blog Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.