What’s the difference between a Dutch oven and a French oven? “Dutch oven” is the generic term that refers to a heavy pot with a tight fitting lid ideal for slow-cooking, braising and stewing. The Le Creuset French Oven
is a Dutch oven made in France with the added benefit of enameled cast iron for easy cleanup. Today, Dutch ovens are round or oval and available in a variety of colors, sizes, materials and finishes.