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)!


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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 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...)


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's just not the same thing.  Not at all.  And calories don't count when you're camping!

And remember...

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

Seriously.  I'm not kidding.


  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!

  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!