Paella is one of those dishes that was always on my “to make” list, but I just never got around to. Honestly, I don’t know why I waited so long to give it a whirl. Chicken, spicy chorizo, shrimp, clams, white wine, saffron – all cooked together, with a hefty portion of rice acting as a bed to absorb all that goodness.

I love one dish meals to begin with. But, the flavor that comes out of this simple – yet sophisticated dish, is un-paralleled.

Yeah, I know it’s traditionally made with mussels. But, that’s something we don’t come by too often here on the Eastern Shore. They tend prefer rocky coastlines, and we have alot of marshy muddy coast here. That being said, I love this Eastern Shore twist of the littleneck clams. Juicy and tender – they add wonderful flavor to the paella. That I’m not so sure you’d get with mussels to begin with…

I’ve never had a paella pan (don’t believe in uni-taskers), but if you have a heavy dutch oven – you’re all set! The good folks at Le Creuset were so kind to send me this gorgeous Mariner Star Dutch oven a couple of weeks ago. I love it’s nautical look and feel, it looks right at home in my island kitchen.

Oh yeah, by the way – they have one to give away to one lucky reader! Details can be found at the end of the post.A quick sear of the chicken and chorizo, followed by a saute of onion and garlic. Tomatoes, wine, chicken stock saffron, and bay leaf create a rich broth in which the rice cooks, along with the chicken and chorizo, in the oven. The seafood is added for the last few minutes, so it doesn’t get overcooked in the process.

To attain the soccarat, or the crispy edge on the bottom of your paella, just takes a few minutes on the stovetop once the paella is removed from the oven. And trust me, it’s worth it. Don’t skip this step.

An easy garnish of a lemon wedge and some fresh parsley, a green salad, and a bottle of wine – and you’ve got a lovely meal fit for company!

Le Creuset has graciously offered to giveaway one of the Limited Edition Mariner Star 5.5 Quart Round Dutch Oven to one lucky reader. What’s your favorite thing to make in a dutch oven? Leave a comment telling us what that is, here on this post, to be entered to win. Winner will be chosen on February 10th at 12 PM, via random number generator.

WINNING COMMENT WAS #46! Congratulations, Sarah – I hope you enjoy the dutch oven, and make many treasured family recipes in it over the years. Thank you again, Le Creuset!

Source: adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

Disclaimer: I received a 5.5 Quart Round Dutch Oven from Le Creuset for review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

87 Comments

  1. Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:34 PM | Permalink

    I don’t have a dutch oven yet but I long to make the perfect pot pie in one!

  2. Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:34 PM | Permalink

    I’ve never used a Dutch oven but just told my husband I would love to have I would have loved to have gotten one at Christmas….

  3. Tory C
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:41 PM | Permalink

    I love a dutch oven when making soups because you can build the flavor layers slowly. It is also easy to then blend with an immersion blender!

  4. Dee
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:42 PM | Permalink

    I’d love to make bread in a Dutch Oven like my Nana used to do… we love bread!! Haven’t had any like Nana’s in a long time. Winning this Dutch oven could inspire a lot of good cooking here 🙂

  5. Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:42 PM | Permalink

    I make chicken and dumplings in my old Dutch oven! A hand me down from my mom!

  6. Lindsey
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:44 PM | Permalink

    My favorite thing to make in a Dutch oven is black beans!

  7. Courtney Mann
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:52 PM | Permalink

    My favorite thing to make in a Dutch oven is kimchi ramen!

  8. Karen Muth
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:53 PM | Permalink

    Lol, recently it’seems been Rice Crispy Treats – they don’t stick in the pot as much.
    But usually soups are my fav. Have enjoyed a BBQ chicken/Cilantro soup.

  9. Posted January 28, 2017 at 9:54 PM | Permalink

    Chicken Pot Pie!

    Paella is on my menu next week.

  10. Mary Cape
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:04 PM | Permalink

    Pulled pork – Kansas City style 🙂

  11. Pamela
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:08 PM | Permalink

    That’s my dream Dutch oven. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  12. Courtney johnson
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:14 PM | Permalink

    I love making sourdough bread in my Dutch oven!!

  13. Sierra Birch
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:16 PM | Permalink

    Definitely homemade chicken stock!
    I’d like to try bread also.

  14. Valerie serignese
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:23 PM | Permalink

    I currently don’t have s Dutch oven, but I would love to. I’ve read about some bread recipes you can make in them. That would be neat!?

  15. Lisa Lee
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:28 PM | Permalink

    I would love to try making bread in a Dutch oven.

  16. Katie Miles
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:29 PM | Permalink

    Mac n cheese. No need to cook the pasta first!

  17. Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:41 PM | Permalink

    Our family favorite in our Dutch oven is Winter Pot Roast.
    I brown a pot roast in bacon grease, deglaze with a little red wine and add 2 cans of French onion soup. That goes in at 325 for 1.5 hours. Then I add fingerling potatoes and back in the oven it goes for another hour. I make gravy from the pan juices. Never-ever fail recipe…you’ll never have a better pot roast. 🙂

  18. Melanie Bowman
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:45 PM | Permalink

    Definitely bread. Garlic Rosemary Bread & Cheesy Jalapeño Bread are favorites. It’s so easy to have a fresh crusty loaf of bread that’s moist in the middle.

  19. Chris Miller
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 10:55 PM | Permalink

    Slow-cooked beef stew with red wine

  20. Tiffany Patton
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:05 PM | Permalink

    I don’t have one yet but would love one for soups & lots of other great one pot record I’ve come across!

  21. Amanda S
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:18 PM | Permalink

    Prepping dough in it for homemade cinnamon rolls or a spicy white chicken chili!

  22. Nicolette H.
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:19 PM | Permalink

    Mexican-style chicken pot pie!
    The puff pastry crust on top is sooooo good!

  23. Sarah
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:32 PM | Permalink

    I don’t have one yet, but I’d love to try all the one-pan dishes that could be made in a Dutch oven! Gorgeous color, love the nautical touch.

  24. Benjamin McCord
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:41 PM | Permalink

    Well i don’t actually have a dutch oven, but I’ve faked it with other cookware, and I’d have to say my favorite thing to make is a sunday gravy with all my leftover meats and sausages from the week prior… and ham, which is a tip I learned from you that I would have never tried before. ?

  25. Emily
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 11:51 PM | Permalink

    Fudge!

  26. Dana Hedetniemi
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 7:27 AM | Permalink

    I do not have a Dutch oven, but would love to make chicken and dumplings in one 🙂

  27. Susan Birch
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 7:48 AM | Permalink

    My favorite thing to make in my Dutch oven is a linguine and clams recipe that I found years ago in a magazine. It has a almond and herb topping and is to die for!

  28. Tara
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 8:01 AM | Permalink

    I’d have to say your tequila braised short rib enchiladas! My pot pie comes in a close second!

  29. Patricia burgess
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 8:06 AM | Permalink

    Good old fashioned pot roast with potatoes and carrots is a must for a Dutch oven. Yummm

  30. Janice Binkley
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 8:08 AM | Permalink

    Northern Indian curried chicken thighs in the Dutch oven is sensually succulent! For me, all the best spices begin with a “C” and this recipe has coriander, cumin, and (my fav) cilantro. Using bone-in thighs provides complexity and depth to the flavor……excuse me while I find a tissue, I’m drooling!

  31. Katie Auld
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 8:29 AM | Permalink

    I’ve never used one but would love to!

  32. Posted January 29, 2017 at 8:33 AM | Permalink

    Chichen pot pie… but I’m thinking this recipe might take its place!

  33. Colleen Sullivan
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 8:40 AM | Permalink

    I’ve don’t have a Dutch oven, but have made due with a large copper pot when making Beef Stew or braised short ribs. The bread recipes I’ve seen in them look great too!

  34. Kelly kline
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 9:10 AM | Permalink

    Love making white chicken chili .

  35. Stephanie Langell
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 9:52 AM | Permalink

    Pasta e fagoli Italian soup would be nice to make in a dutch oven .

  36. Kim M.
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    Soups, beef stew….

  37. Tammy Riley
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

    So many meals! They are so versatile. I love to brown beef in it for my beef stew or pot roast. It adds so much flavor and when you make your gravy or sauce, all those nice little brown scrapings in the bottom of the pan…..Oh my! Clam chowder is also a favorite, the list goes on and on. What a beautiful color to add to a coastal kitchen!

  38. Posted January 29, 2017 at 10:35 AM | Permalink

    I love to use dutch ovens to make braised beef in the winter! Truth be told though, I use one for pretty much everything. They hold heat so well, and I just love how easy they are to clean!

  39. Sharon K
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

    I love making soups and chili and this Dutch Oven would be perfect!

  40. Michael Kane
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 10:57 AM | Permalink

    Braised Lamb Shank with local vegetables and creamy gold potatoes!

  41. Posted January 29, 2017 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

    I would love to have one to make my favorite dishes in the oven all my stews would be delist.

  42. Erin Johnson
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

    Roasted Chicken or Vegetable beef soup! Both remind me of days spent in my grandmothers kitchen.

  43. Sarah Hartman
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

    This sounds divine, and I love following your photos and blog. Chicken soup for sure, it’s a sick house here this time of year! 🙂

  44. Christine Lewis
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

    I was given one as a Christmas gift and haven used it but I’m DEFINITELY going to give it a try when making this scrumptious paella dish!!

  45. Posted January 29, 2017 at 12:13 PM | Permalink

    I love to make a yummy Sunday pot roast in my dutch oven. Start it on the stove top and then bake low and slow all day in the oven! Mmmm

  46. Sarah Ross
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

    I love making my grandmother’s country style BBQ spare ribs in my Dutch oven. My fingers and toes are crossed to win this as this Dutch oven has been on my wishlist since it first came out, love the nautical look on it!

  47. Leanne
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 2:13 PM | Permalink

    I make everything in my Dutch oven! Favorite is beef stew and slow roasted beef tacos.

  48. Kassandra Powers
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

    I just received my first Dutch oven as a wedding gift. I would say my favorite thing to make in it is Swedish meatballs or chicken and dumplings.

  49. Patti Mercer
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 4:24 PM | Permalink

    Hard to pick, so I will list my two favorites! Beef Burgundy and Jambalaya 🙂

  50. Janet
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 6:39 PM | Permalink

    I have a vintage Le Creuset Dutch oven that I make soo much in, but my favorite thing to make is a great roast…you can use your favorite, but I like rump roast. I sear it first on the stovetop, then put it in the oven with good beef stock, bay leaves, salt, pepper, carrots, and potatoes.

  51. Nicole Bogush
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 6:53 PM | Permalink

    Oh…. That Mariner Star Le Crueset Dutch Oven would perfectly showcase a beef bourguinon!! Le Crueset beautifully browns bacon and beef!

  52. Susan Carson
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 10:43 PM | Permalink

    My Le Creuset Dutch oven proudly sits on my stovetop at all times. I enjoy seeing that pop of color but honestly I use it often so it makes sense to keep it near. I make everything from soups, small batches of stock, spaghetti sauce, clambake to mulled wine, I recently found a recipe for baked bread, so that’s up next. Your paella ? looks amazing! Who knew there was a ? emoji.

  53. Rebecca
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 11:55 PM | Permalink

    Italian meatball soup!

  54. Lisa G.
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 6:45 AM | Permalink

    My favorite thing to make in a dutch oven is a good ole fashion pot roast with carrots and potatoes.

  55. Susan H
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 7:36 AM | Permalink

    Any kind of pot roast. The meat sears so well and then I slow cook in the oven to let all the flavors of the meat and veggies meld. Perfect for snowy winter days.

  56. Kathy M
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

    I love making gumbo or a big pot of chili!

  57. Cristy Clark
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:04 AM | Permalink

    Chicken corn chowder in my Dutch oven is the best.

  58. Morgan Ross
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM | Permalink

    Soups, pot roast, chicken you name it gets cooked
    in my overused worn out dutch oven! This one you
    have is gorgeous!

  59. Geeni
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    Your southwest chowder is one of our favorite soups around here… The dutch oven is great for starting out with the bacon, getting crisp bits and keeping the splatters contained!

  60. Lauren S.
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

    I don’t have my own Dutch oven, but when I steal my moms I love to make a hearty stew or spicy braised beef for delicious hot sandwiches! So good!

  61. Posted January 30, 2017 at 1:23 PM | Permalink

    Oh man I’ve been dying for one of those dutch ovens!!! What a great giveaway! And your paella sounds perfect!

  62. Shirit Bowman
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 4:12 PM | Permalink

    Ever since we found a recipe on how to make bread in the Dutch oven we’ve had it about twice a week. We’ve had cheesy jalapeño, plain, and dried/fresh garlic and rosemary.

  63. Posted January 30, 2017 at 4:29 PM | Permalink

    I love to make chili or French onion soup in my Dutch oven. The paella looks incredibly tasty!

  64. Tricia
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 5:54 PM | Permalink

    Soups……and I bake bread in mine too…..

  65. Jodi Urban
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 8:18 PM | Permalink

    Curried lentil, squash and apple stew- yum!

  66. Nancy Cassell
    Posted January 30, 2017 at 9:31 PM | Permalink

    I love using our Dutch oven for braising short ribs, making a chuck roast, and cooking soups.

  67. Tina W
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 3:54 AM | Permalink

    Pot Roast is my favorite thing to make in a dutch oven. It’s also my Dad’s favorite: I take him dinner most nights and he requests pot roast about once a week!

  68. Heidi N
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

    I love a good pot roast! The Dutch oven is beautiful!

  69. Casey H
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 4:50 PM | Permalink

    No knead bread! I love carbs. Bread is my favorite. Best food group. I make variations- garlic, savory, sweet- always my go to for dinner guests bc they think it took days to make the bread?.

  70. Nancy Loring
    Posted January 31, 2017 at 6:42 PM | Permalink

    I have to admit I make a really good homemade whiskey baked beans in my dutch oven. Brown bread and baked are so good on these frigid nights.

  71. Jan
    Posted February 1, 2017 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

    I love making a big batch of bolognese sauce in my Dutch oven.

  72. Teresa
    Posted February 1, 2017 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    My favorite recipe to cook in my Dutch oven lately has been a spicy Mexican quinoa casserole. I know the next recipe that I cook in it will be paella! Thank you for all the great recipes.

  73. Jillian Too
    Posted February 1, 2017 at 5:17 PM | Permalink

    I love using my dutch oven for chili.

  74. Posted February 2, 2017 at 5:03 AM | Permalink

    Brunswich stew

  75. Sharon
    Posted February 2, 2017 at 11:16 PM | Permalink

    My favorite thing to make in a dutch oven is a pot roast. That is a beautiful pot!

  76. Posted February 3, 2017 at 7:41 AM | Permalink

    Duck Confit is my favorite to cook in a Dutch Oven.

  77. Posted February 3, 2017 at 9:05 AM | Permalink

    I love to make carnitas and beef stew in a Dutch oven. It turns out much better than a crockpot!

  78. Katherine
    Posted February 3, 2017 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

    My favorite thing to cook in a Dutch oven is a whole chicken or bolognese sauce simmered for several hours on the stove! I also use it for a paella I make at home too, with chicken, artichokes, red bell peppers and green beans.

  79. Posted February 4, 2017 at 9:50 AM | Permalink

    I usually use my Dutch oven to make homemade tomato sauce…at least when the garden is behaving itself. Lately, that hasn’t been the case. Fingers crossed for this year!

  80. Susan Mason
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 10:57 AM | Permalink

    This is one of my family’s absolute favorites – even the picky ones!
    It calls for a Dutch oven, which I don’t have and so I end up using several pans. So to be able to make this in one pot (and have to clean one pot) would make my year!
    1 whole (4 To 5 Pounds) Chuck Roast
    2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
    2 whole Onions
    2-3 mnced garlic cloves
    6 whole Carrots (Up To 8 Carrots)
    4 quartered potatoes
    Salt To Taste
    Pepper To Taste
    1 cup Red Wine (optional, You Can Use Beef Broth Instead)
    2 cups To 3 Cups Beef Stock
    3 sprigs Fresh Thyme, or more to taste
    3 sprigs Fresh Rosemary, or more to taste
    INSTRUCTIONS
    First and foremost, choose a nicely marbled piece of meat. This will enhance the flavor of your pot roast like nothing else. Generously salt and pepper your chuck roast.

    Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Then add 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil (or you can do a butter/olive oil split).

    Cut two onions in half and cut 6 to 8 carrots into 2-inch slices (you can peel them, but you don’t have to). When the oil in the pot is very hot (but not smoking), add in the halved onions, browning them on one side and then the other. Remove the onions to a plate.

    Throw the carrots into the same very hot pan and toss them around a bit until slightly browned, about a minute or so.

    If needed, add a bit more olive oil to the very hot pan. Place the meat in the pan and sear it for about a minute on all sides until it is nice and brown all over. Remove the roast to a plate.

    With the burner still on high, use either red wine or beef broth (about 1 cup) to deglaze the pan, scraping the bottom with a whisk to get all of that wonderful flavor up.

    When the bottom of the pan is sufficiently deglazed, place the roast back into the pan and add enough beef stock to cover the meat halfway (about 2 to 3 cups). Add in the onion and the carrots, as well as 3 or 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary and about 3 sprigs of fresh thyme.

    Put the lid on, then roast in a 275F oven for 3 hours (for a 3-pound roast). For a 4 to 5-pound roast, plan on 4 hours.

  81. Natalie
    Posted February 4, 2017 at 2:05 PM | Permalink

    Creamy carrot soup and butter chicken are two favorites we cook in the Dutch oven. By far it’s of the most used items in the kitchen!

  82. Christine Lee
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

    I don’t have one myself but I have made a delicious 3-bean in my mothers for a family get-together once. It was so tasty.

  83. Valerie Valle
    Posted February 6, 2017 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

    Beef burgundy (or boeuf bourgignon) is my favorite dish to make in my dutch oven– so comforting on a cold day!

  84. Annette
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 2:24 AM | Permalink

    My favorite thing to make in a Dutch Oven is a soup – pretty much anything that requires sauteeing veggies then adding liquid.

  85. Nicole
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 11:04 AM | Permalink

    Cream of cream soup with diced red peppers, onion, bacon & potatoes. Finished with Sauternes!!

  86. Posted February 9, 2017 at 1:07 PM | Permalink

    My favorite thing to make in a dutch oven is soup! I make it almost every weekend during the winter. Your Paella looks delicious!

  87. Kim S
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    Beef Shank; burgundy wine, mushrooms, garlic! Yum!

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