Then, while testing recipes for my big book on casseroles, I realized that this smaller Dutch oven was the same volume as a 9x13-inch pan. So recipes like oven risotto, gratins, and other classic casseroles fit perfectly in this 3-quart dish.
Well, I ended up using that pot over and over and over. I still use it for cooking just one or two chicken breasts, a small amount of short ribs, steel cut oats, beans, and more. I love baking vegetable gratins and oven risotto in this dish. With its lighter, more accessible size, and with my household consisting of just two people, I find that I use this Dutch oven far more now than my big 6-quart and 5-quart models. It's really the perfect pan. If I had to do it over again, I would buy this size Dutch oven before I went for the big ones; it has been infinitely useful.
• Find it: Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 3-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, $194.95 at Amazon
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