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I recently snatched a cute pair of brightly colored, knock-off Le Creuset stoneware cocettes, mini versions of their popular Dutch ovens, out of my mom’s yard sale pile. They were too cute to resist! These cute, oven-safe pieces of cookware are perfect for single serving-sized dishes like pot pies or cobblers, but I wondered if I could find other great recipes to try beyond these obvious favorites. In fact, with a few other ramekins in my cupboards, I realized I really ought to start using these more often.

Naturally, Le Creuset offers a wide selection of recipe ideas, but I thought it would be fun to search and see what delicious ideas Pinterest had to offer. So I searched recipes that could be made in these cocottes and ramekins, too. Some great single-serving mug recipes also popped up, too. So here are a few of my favorites for breakfast, dinner and dessert that I’m eager to try. For more, visit Money-Saving Recipes on Pinterest.


Breakfast

The most important meal of the day is often the most rushed, harried and forgotten meal of the day, but with some great single-serving recipes, adorable little ramekins and a little prep work the night before, breakfast can become a fun morning routine. You can make frittatas and omelets, French toast bakes, and even quiches with ease. Pop these pre-prepped ramekins in the oven or microwave while you finish up your hair or makeup and you’ll have time to enjoy these delicious ways to start your day.

This two-serving recipe for Mini Blueberry French Toast Cups would be great for a Sunday brunch, all made the night before and popped into the oven. Combining 2 eggs with 1/2 cup light cream, 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 ounces of laughing cow brie, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon, pour over bread cubes. Chill overnight and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with blueberry syrup.

Dinner

I love the idea of creating mini, single-serving-sized dishes for a fun twist on the usual dinner options. It’s so fun to serve up little ramekins or individual pots of homemade goodness to your starving family! Individual shepherd’s pies, mini-lasagnas or even bowls of French onion soup are perfect served in little ramekins, cocottes or mugs.

I love the idea of individual homemade chicken pot pies, and with cute ramekins, it’s that much easier. You can really make it easy, too, by using frozen veggie mix, cream of chicken soup and rotisserie chicken. Combine the thawed veggie mix with the chicken and soup and your favorite seasonings. Pile into the ramekins or cocottes and then top with the puff pastry, making slits in the top for steam to escape. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Desserts

From the very first time I had my own creme brûlée, I’ve loved the idea of desserts served in beautiful ramekins. There are so many incredible recipe ideas to treat everyone’s sweet tooth in an adorable, personalized way. Crumbles and cobblers are perfect in ramekins. And now with Shirley J’s Mugging mixes sold in the stores, it’s easy to whip up a delicious single-serving dessert.

With peaches in season, my favorite new recipe is an individual peach crisp. Take one small peach, dice it up and coat with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of flour and a pinch of salt. Place in a ramekin or cocotte and top with a mixture of 2 teaspoons of flour, 2 tablespoons rolled oats, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, pinch of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool for 20 minutes before serving.

— Jennifer Durrant

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