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This Editor-Loved Staub Dutch Oven Is Almost $200 Off on Amazon Right Now

Every home cook needs one.
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The holidays are officially here, so I'll let you in on a little entertaining secret of mine: cookware that doubles as a centerpiece is the easiest way to show off a meal without having to spend any extra time decorating. Though tablescapes look nice, serving your dinner in something festive is a much more efficient and appealing way to adorn a table.

As if Staub Dutch ovens weren't gorgeous enough, a pumpkin cocotte takes an ordinary table and instantly makes it more celebratory. If you've been slacking on your table decor the past few years, this cocotte is your chance to step it up—and there's still time to get one before winter. Did we mention it's almost $200 off?

To buy: Staub 3.5-quart Pumpkin Cocotte, $222 (originally $414) at amazon.com

Staub's editor-loved Dutch ovens are made from enameled cast iron that's stovetop safe, oven safe and dishwasher safe. These heavy duty cookers are one of the most versatile tools a home cook can have. They can be used to braise, deep fry, bake, and broil. They're perfect for hearty winter meals like pot roast or beef stew, and are just as good for baking loaves of fresh bread. Instead of letting moisture escape, the tight-fitting lid is designed with soft spikes on the inside, which helps return juices back into the food by creating a rainforest effect. The enameled bottom is compatible with all cooking surfaces like gas, induction, and electric and the textured interior helps to evenly distribute heat for perfect browning. If the pumpkin shape won't do, there's always the 3-quart artichoke shape or 3-quart tomato version that look festive at any time of year.

We love this 3.5-quart option for serving up stovetop holiday side dishes like mashed potatoes or roasted root vegetables. The orange color is on sale at Amazon but you can also find the white edition for $200 at Williams Sonoma. Whether shopping for yourself or a loved one, a Dutch oven is a heritage item that every home cook deserves to own. It doesn't hurt that this one is just a little extra special—and you can get it for nearly $200 off ahead of Black Friday.