Peeps, I have a First World Problem and I need your assistance.
Right now I'm in the market for a Le Creuset dutch oven. Through the Christmas magic of my husband's awesome, amazing Aunt Becky and Uncle Paul I have enough credit at Macys.com to pick basically ANY color or size Le Creuset dutch oven I want! And that's in addition to the 2.75 quart oval one I ALSO got as a Christmas present!! This is the one I already have:
It. Is. Awesome. Perfect for a small batch of soup or heating up meatballs and spaghetti sauce. Also? It's in my signature kitchen appliance color … all things must now match my beloved Kitchen Aid Pro. She looks like this:
I love her. She's so pretty and helpful.
ANYWAY. CHOICES. The choices are killing me and this is where you come in. I cannot decide on what size or shape to get in a larger Le Creuset dutch oven.
First, there is the oval 5-qt. (available in cobalt! but I'm not sure about the shape. Also it seems too small, so maybe it's not even a contender). Then there is the round 5.5 qt (NOT available in cobalt) but I'm drawn more to the round shape and more manageable size. Then we bump up to the 7.25 quart round, which is available in cobalt but seems HUGE (although I have a 6-quart oval Crock Pot that just barely holds a double recipe of cajun-style red beans with sausage).
So here are the parameters:
I have to buy this at Macy's.
I prefer the cobalt blue color.
It will be Le Creuset brand. Oh yes. It will.
I am torn between choosing a round 5.5-quart in a color I'm not crazy about but a more versatile size (and also DOES! NOT! MATCH! OCD OVERLOAD!) and buying the 7.25-quart in the color I prefer but finding that it's just too big. AND THEN just to throw a wrench in the whole thing is the 6.75 quart oval – a perfect straddle of the two sizes AND available in cobalt blue – but in the oval shape that I'm less sure about. I'm not even sure WHY I'm less sure about the oval shape. Perhaps I see myself using this item on my cooktop more and that's why. Maybe it's because I've seen Julia Child and Ree Drummond using round ones. Perhaps I am a HUGE FOLLOWER AND NEED HELP.
Let it be said that I cook a lot of beans, soups and chilis. Let it be said that I have been known to feed large crowds of people and that we hope to have at least one more kid (and so one day I will probably have at least three teenagers to feed). Let it be said that I hope this Le Creuset is one day in use by my grandkids. Let it be said that this is a big, gigantic purchase for me. NO PRESSURE.
So, please tell me what to do! Do you have a dutch oven? Do you like it? Are you sure of the size and shape or do you wish that you'd gone a different route?
Once again, the contenders:
What say you?