We all want a home-cooked dish after a long day, but none of us would like to scrub two pans and a pan after dinner. Let's drop the dishes and talk about Dutch dinners instead.
Stews are everyone's favorite dish because, frankly, nobody likes to wash dishes. And if you read this and think, "Hmm, I like a good dishwasher session," we're not sure we can help you. However, you are always welcome on our plate stacks.
Let's look at a few recipes for all the others that require a Dutch oven and very little cleanup!
Winner, winner, chicken dinner
Chicken and Dutch stoves belong together. Recipes for whole roast chicken and fried delicacies abound. Unfortunately, none of these options result in a complete stew, as you will still need side dishes. Of course, there are a few ingenious recipes that give you chicken, starch and a whole lot of vegetables in a container.
Here are some for which we are fans:
- Risotto with mushrooms and chicken: Risotto is a classic choice for a Dutch oven. Fortunately, with a few supplements you can make a complete meal out of it. We are part of this mushroom and chicken risotto of food and wine.
Get the recipe: Mushroom Chicken Risotto by FoodandWine.com
- Chicken Biscuit Casserole: Biscuits and gravy in a casserole ̵
Get the recipe: Cozy chicken biscuit casserole from the feast and the farm
- Chicken Pot Pie: With the help of a small puff pastry dough, you can turn your Dutch oven into a giant pot pie turn. It's the perfect meal for a family, without the drudgery of forming individual pie crusts.
Get the recipe: Chicken Pot Pie from Food Network in a Dutch oven
Meatless main courses
Making a hearty, delicious dinner without meat can be a challenge, but it's a challenge we face! Dutch ovens are perfect for preparing rich, creamy vegetarian dishes that you will not be surprised about when the main course comes.
Here are three of our favorites:
- Campfire Nachos (in a Dutch oven): You can make these absolutely in the oven, but we love this fresh twist on outdoor cooking.
Get the Recipe: Fresh Grilled
- Thai Vegetarian Curry: You have not even missed the meat if you try this curry. It contains delicious vegetables like artichoke hearts and green beans. In addition, Maggie Zhu, who created the recipe, gives a helpful guide on how to save even more time using frozen, precut vegetables.
Get the Recipe: Vegetarian Thai Curry from Omnivore's Cookbook  Vegetarian Pho: Not just for carnivores! This vegetarian version gives you all the flavor without the beef.
Get the recipe: Vegetarian Pho from theKitchn.com
Beef, pork and seafood
Dutch stoves are known for stewing short ribs, but that's not all they're good for. These creative stews with beef, pork and fish filling will feel like a feast with no mess.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Ground beef Lasagna: We are big fans of this one-pot lasagna, because you can use cheap ground beef. We also love the ample amount of cheese, but who would not?
Get the recipe: Mince Lasagna from a Pinch of Yum
- Red Jambalaya Creole Style: Pot dish that can satisfy everyone. It has chicken, sausage and seafood, all packed in a Dutch oven. Plus, it makes big leftovers!
Get the Recipe: Creole Style Jambalaya by Serious Eats
- Dutch Oven Shrimp Scampi: You know, we had to add a pasta dish to our list somewhere. This one from Whitney Bond was everywhere on the internet for a good reason. It's pretty quick to throw together, and it's sure to hit the mark!
Get the Recipe: Dutch Oven Shrimp Scampi by Whitney Bond
Whether it's a casserole, a risotto, nachos or pot pie, a stew from the Dutch oven, is at cooks and Guests are equally popular. It's comfort food at its finest!
And the most comforting thing is that there is only one pot that you can clean afterwards.