You are here: Home » Dinner » Dutch Oven Dinners Dutch Oven Dinners Dinner,Featured Article,Recipes http://relish.com/articles/dutch-oven-dinners/ by RelishOctober 10, 2011 By definition, our favorite one-pot wunderkind is neither a Dutch invention nor an oven. It is, however, an indispensable dinnertime tool. Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/13609_carolina_pilau_horizontal.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Though it is a somewhat convoluted tale, suffice it to say that the Dutch oven is not necessarily Dutch. Some speculators of history surmise the name stems from the fact that Abraham Darby—the Englishman who patented the lidded cooking vessel—produced the first Dutch oven after visiting the Netherlands and "observing" the Dutchmen's cookware casting methods. Others swear Dutch ovens first appeared in Holland more than 300 years ago. Either way, we've been braising, boiling, frying, simmering, and sauteing in them ever since, and what has endured is the pot's all-around usefulness—both for indoor and outdoor cooking. There's almost nothing you can't cook in it, from a cake on a camping trip (trust us, it can be done in a cast-iron Dutch oven) to a slow-simmered stew on an autumn evening. Here are a few indoor-only dinnertime recipes for which you'll find a Dutch oven not only useful but indispenable. Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Carolina Pilau Chicken, salt pork, and vegetable transform plain rice into a one-dish meal. Smokey Corn and Shrimp Chowder Loaded with calcium, this chowder combines smoked paprika and sweet corn and shrimp. Butternut Squash-White Bean Stew A colorful meatless main dish stew. Asian Pot Roast An Asian take on a traditional American favorite. Beef and Sausage Stew with Winter Greens A hearty stew made with sweet Italian sausage, lean ground beef and a handful of fresh colorful vegetables. New England Pho Seasonal maple syrup sweetens this New England version of pho.