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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dutch Oven Cooking

The other day when I posted photos of our camping trip by the lava
tubes, I got a comment that maybe I ought to share our dutch oven
breakfast recipe.  I'm happy to oblige (although my husband told me
I was giving away an ancient family recipe)!


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First
off, you need a nice hot fire that has a lot of coals.  Now, you
know, Flagstaff almost burned to the ground last week, so I'd like to
point out that you need to have a safe fire & take the proper
precautions to put it out when all is said and done.  I love the
town I live in & prefer you not burn it down.  Thank you. 
Thank you very much!


  • cut a one pound package of bacon into 2 inch chunks & toss in the hot dutch oven

  • cook until crispy, then drain out most of the grease

  • toss in a package of frozen hash browns, the shredded kind and toss
    with the bacon (honestly, ours are usually not too frozen by the time we
    get to this breakfast & that is a-okay!)

  • cook the hash browns a bit

  • crack 12 eggs on top of the hash brown & bacon mixture, taking
    care not to break the yolks (they will fill the entire top of the hash
    brown mixture)

  • put the dutch oven lid on

  • now here's the tricky part:  make a bed of hot coals & set
    your dutch oven on it.  then take some more hot coals & put
    them on the lid of the dutch oven.


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  • cook your breakfast for, I don't know, 15-20 minutes.  You can
    check it periodically, just make sure not to dump coals in your
    breakfast.


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  • when the eggs are set, top with copious amounts of shredded cheese

  • put the lid back on the dutch oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese


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  • when it's all a puddle of goo, it's done!

  • scoop it out onto your plate & top with your favorite condiments...I happen to love Tapatio hot sauce
    (that link opens to Amazon.com where it's $6.95 for a 32 oz
    bottle.  Let me tell you, it's like $2 at Safeway, which I
    love!  Wouldn't pay $7 for it...)


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And serving it with camp coffee is priceless!

One more little dutch oven tidbit (no photos sorry, but trust me, it's delicious!):  Dump Cake!


  • take one box of yellow cake mix, one large can of peaches and one
    stick of real butter & literally dump it into your dutch
    oven...don't mix it!  Just dump it in the order I told you.

  • sit it on a bet of hot coals & put the lid on with hot coals, too

  • sit back & enjoy the delicious smells coming from it for about
    15 minutes, then check it...sooner if your coals are super hot

  • remove the lid & enjoy the best dessert of your life! 
    Hey!  Don't try to save calories & omit the butter...it's just not the same thing.  Not at all.  And calories don't count when you're camping!


And remember...


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can prevent forest fires!  From the Smokey Bear NJ website here. 

Seriously.  I'm not kidding.

2 comments:

  1. I feel like I would dump coals into my food. ;)
    But now I really want a dutch oven. I'm thinking of a long road trip +
    camping next summer. Maybe I will have to invest in one then!

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  2. omg! dutch oven cooking is the BEST! i love dump cake! my personal
    favorite is chocolate cake mix, butter, cherry pie filling, and a can of
    hershey's chocolate syrup, in that order. heaven! peach is pretty bliss
    inducing, too...oh yum!

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