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Butter Pull-Apart Rolls in the Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls 

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Frozen rolls cooked in a dutch oven

 

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls

After making these Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls , my son said they had the soft inside goodness of a bite-sized-roll, with the outside crunch along the edges of a nice crouton.

They were really SO good.

Buttery all over.

Seasoned just right.

Adding in the flavor of the dutch oven to small bites of yumminess to any dish you prepare and it’s perfection.

Make some up in your dutch oven with your next meal; you’ll love how easy these Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls come together. 

These would be wonderful with a mouth-watering and tender Dutch Oven Roast and Vegetables

I have a GREAT 2-page Dutch Oven cheat sheet HERE to help you follow along

 

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls

Ingredients:

16 frozen rolls, thawed – I prefer Rhodes rolls

2 sticks (1 cup) butter, use the real thing here

1 – 1   1/2  Tablespoon Johnny’s Garlic Spread Seasoning (I love this stuff!)

 

Directions:

Place waxed paper or parchment on a cookie sheet, or any flat surface.  

Coat with non-stick spray release. 

Place your frozen rolls on the parchment.

Coat again with spray release.

Cover loosely with plastic wrap, though covering over the entire pan.

Meanwhile, while the rolls are thawing and closer to when you are ready to bake:

Prepare the charcoals as I show you in this post, along with all the basics, HERE

Remove the plastic wrap and using a clean pair of scissors, cut the thawed rolls into quarters.

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls 

Rolls cooked in a dutch oven

Place 9 coals on your prepared ground area.

Put your dutch oven over the hot coals.

Melt the butter in the dutch oven.

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls 

Rolls cooked in a dutch oven

Carefully place the rolls into the melted butter.

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls 

Rolls cooked in a dutch oven

Sprinkle the top of the rolls with the Johnny’s Seasoning 

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls 

Rolls cooked in a dutch oven

Place the lid on top.

Put on 15 coals on the top.

Bake for 25 minutes and check for doneness.  Bake up to 40 minutes, adding more charcoal as needed. 

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls 

lls cooked in a dutch oven

 

Recipe by Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017

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Basic information for dutch oven cooking

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Charcoal temperature and dutch oven

Stan’s Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

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Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Dutch Oven Dorito Enchilada Casserole

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Enchilada Casserole in the Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven Cooking – Dorito Enchilada Casserole

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Enchilada Casserole in the Dutch Oven

Enchiladas in the Dutch Oven made with Dorito chips

Dutch Oven Cooking – Dorito Enchilada Casserole

Do love Dorito chips? Then you’ll love this Dorito Enchilada Casserole!

But does Dutch Oven Cooking worry you?

Does it seem difficult, or do you wonder where to start?

I can help YOU!  

I have a complete guide on all you need to know from choosing the right dutch oven to lighting the coals; it’s all in a link below.

Now, to the YUMMY part!

This dutch oven casserole is an easy toss together dish that has a base of Dorito chips and a couple of other purchased ingredients to make this a terrific choice for a camping trip or a backyard cookout.  

Combining Dorito chips and cheese, that’s a true win that will satisfy ALL ages.  

For dessert you should try Stan’s Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler it’s really tasty!



Keep in mind anything you can fry, bake = cook in your kitchen you can generally do in a dutch oven.  For example, this recipe can be followed as directed, poured into a prepared casserole dish then baked in your home oven at 350 degrees for approx 20-30 min; until hot and bubbly.  Continue with recipe as written.  This simple recipe will show you how adaptable your own recipes are to dutch oven cooking.  ENJOY!!!

 

I have a GREAT 2-page Dutch Oven cheat sheet HERE to help you follow along

 

Dutch Oven Dorito Enchilada Casserole

Supplies:

9 – 9 1/2″ CAKE PAN, optional

 

 

 

 

 

 

12″ DUTCH OVEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

10.5 oz. package Doritos (I used nacho cheese), reserve 1/3 of the bag for topping

1 small onion, finely chopped

10 oz. can chili with beans

10 oz. can enchilada sauce

8 oz. tomato sauce

1  1/2 cup shredded cheese*      

*8 oz. cheese total  

 

Toppings –

1/3 of the Doritos

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese* 

1 cup sour cream

Instructions:

Click HERE for a tutorial on how to start the charcoal and lots of helpful basic instructions.  This comes together so quickly, you’ll want to get everything ready BEFORE beginning this recipe, it’s a favorite!

We like to use an 9 – 9 1/2″ CAKE PAN to put inside the 12″ DUTCH OVEN for this recipe.   Dorito Enchilada Casserole 2Either spray the CAKE PAN with non-stick cooking spray OR  You can lightly oil or coat the inside of the DUTCH OVEN it-self with cooking spray.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 3Finely chop the onion.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 4




Reserve approximately 1/3 of Doritos, crumble the rest in a large mixing bowl.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 5Add in the finely chopped onion, canned chili, canned enchilada sauce, tomato sauce and 1  1/2 cups of the shredded cheese to the crushed Doritos. 

Stir together well.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 6Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan OR prepared dutch oven.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 7Put the lid on top of the dutch oven.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 8Put approximately 10 prepared coals on your metal plate, or whatever surface you are going to cook on. 

Click HERE for instructions for preparing the coals.Charcoal 1Place the prepared DUTCH OVEN on top of the lit coals. 

Place  approximately 16 lit coals on top of lid.Charcoal 3Bake until the enchilada mixture is bubbling, approx 20 minutes; however, check periodically. 

Carefully remove the lid with a lid lifter.   Charcoal 4Top with remaining Doritos, crushing as you put them on top. 

Sprinkle on the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 8Cover with lid and bake for another 5 minutes or so until the cheese has melted and Doritos are warmed through.

Scrumptious!!!Dorito Enchilada Casserole 9Serve as is, or with a dollop of sour cream if desired.Dorito Enchilada Casserole 10

 

ENJOY!

Dorito Enchilada Casserole

Dorito Enchilada Casserole made in the Dutch Oven

Adapted from Recipe by 50 Campfires. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

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What, How & Why In Dutch Oven Cooking – All About Dutch Oven Cooking: 101

Basic information for dutch oven cooking

How Do I Use The Coals & Temperature – All About Dutch Oven Cooking: 101

Charcoal temperature and dutch oven

Stan’s Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls

Butter Pull-Apart Rolls in the Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

 

Dutch Oven Scalloped Potatoes

Recipe for Dutch Oven Scalloped Potatoes

Dutch Oven Hearty Corn Bread

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Dutch Oven Beef Roast with Vegetables

Beef roast and vegetables in the dutch oven

Charcoal temperature and dutch oven are taught in this post

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

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How to control the temperature while cooking with charcoal and dutch ovens

Have you wanted to learn how to cook in a dutch oven but have been afraid to try?

Well NO more!

You will be successful EVERY TIME you cook with your dutch oven because there is a method to controlling the heat and I’ll tell you all about it.

I have two posts that will guide you through learning how to cook in a dutch oven; knowing all about the basics, along with the list of TOP 10 ITEMS we recommend, – the HOW, WHY and WHAT of dutch oven cooking; all of it’s  HERE  in this very helpful post. 

After you pay a visit there, let’s start cookin with fire!

How Do I Use The Coals & Temperature – All About Dutch Oven Cooking: 101

Explain how the Temperature Work with coals?

Part of learning how to cook in a dutch oven is all about the coal and the heat.

It’s not a guessing game, or a mystery of how many coals it will take for your recipe (I have great ones at the bottom of this post I share with you).  

See, there is a sure-fire way to have success every time you cook with coal and your dutch ovens – it’s simply knowing how to control the temperature, based on the size of your dutch oven!

Let’s begin with the temperature:

Temperature Chart
1- We like to use “The rule of Three” to gauge our temperature.

2- Take the size of your pot, for instance you have a 12 inch pot you would add three to the number 12 and put 15 coals on top and subtract three from 12 and place 9 coals underneath the pot.

3- This will give you about a 325 degree oven.

4- If you want a 350 degree oven, you would add one coal to the top and one coal to the bottom.

5- Doing this will increase the temperature 25 degrees.

6- To decrease the temperature, simply remove 2 coals.

7- Coals are ready when the shoulders or edges are gray.

8- If you wait for the whole coal to be gray they will not last as long, this is when we say that they are “spent”.

9- Coals usually last for at least an hour to an hour and a half.

10- To keep cooking, simply put a new coal next to a ‘live’ coal and it will ignite on it’s own, maintaining the temperature you desire.

 

Converting the Temperature

With a little practice, any food can be properly cooked in a Dutch oven, the only stipulation is, that it’s important to understand HOW to bring the dutch oven to the right temperature with our coals.

Here is a handy chart to help with the temperature so food will cook evenly and properly;  cakes, roasts, chicken dishes, virtually anything can be deliciously conjured by adjusting the number of briquettes to match the required heat called for in your recipe. 

Here’s how it works:

1- You find the size of dutch oven you are using

2- Look for the temperature you want to cook at

3- See how many hot coals to put on the bottom, or underneath the dutch oven

4- How many hot coals to put on the top of the dutch oven

5- Besides filling the pot with one of my yummy recipes at the bottom of this post I share with you, that’s it!  See I told you easy peasy!

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

 

HOW TO START

It’s not difficult at all to learn how to cook in a dutch oven; however there are a few precautions:

Keep in mind that cooking with charcoal is VERY HOT, so use extreme care to keep children and animals away and at a very safe distance.  Use caution yourself with proper tools (like the ones I recommend in my top 10 list HERE) since you will be working with very high temperatures when the charcoal is lit.

1- Place the charcoal starter/basket onto a dutch oven table OR heavy piece of metal that is elevated.

2- These cement tree rings that are set to be opposite each other work perfectly.  There needs to be air circulating underneath, which is why they must be up off the ground.  

2- Fill the Charcoal Starter with charcoal

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

3- Stuff wadded up newspaper underneath the charcoal basket.  This will be the source of flame to light the charcoal.  Lighter fluid can be used, but the newspaper method is better, cheaper and doesn’t give an odor. 

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

4- Light the newspaper through the holes at the bottom of the charcoal basket.

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

5- As the newspaper lights, the smoke will rise.

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

6- Continue carefully stuffing wads of newspaper through the holes as the paper burns down. Again, carefully.

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

6- When the edges are white, the charcoal is ready to use.

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

Note: Charcoal at the bottom of the bucket will be burning much hotter than those at the top; watch so as not to burn those down too much, and use from the bottom.

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

TO COOK!

Success is yours, you are learning how to cook in a dutch oven!  Your coals are hot and–

Your food is in the pot (remember I am sharing my recipes with you at the bottom of the page), place the Dutch oven on the elevated metal plate OR a Dutch oven table OR in a prepared fire pit – make sure to cook in a prepared and SAFE area, that children are not able to access.

The coals and ovens are heated up to the temperature you need; 

Carefully, with long tongs, take lit charcoal  from the charcoal chimney and place the number you desire on the metal plate, Dutch oven table or pit; using recipe or chart above.

Notice how they are touching, and the white lit corners are sure to touch the unlit ones?

This allows for more cooking time as the lit coals burn down, then the unlit ones light and burn through so the heat keeps a constant temperature for the cooking time you need.

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

Now place the filled dutch oven on top of the lit coals.

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

Next, place the coals on top of the lid of the Dutch oven needed for the recipe.

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Every time Success Cooking in Your Dutch Oven Using Coals

  • Dutch ovens can be stacked allowing for various sizes of ovens to cook at different temperatures.
  • Stacking saves space and is economical too. 
  • Be sure and discard coals into a coal bucket or a safe place such as a charcoal barbecue grill when finished. 
  • It’s best practice to have a large bucket of water nearby for discarding the hot coals when finished cooking.
Every time success cooking in your Dutch oven using coals

Every time success cooking in your Dutch oven using coals

I hope you enjoy successfully learning how to cook in your dutch ovens, and will share your experiences with us.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

My huge thanks to Nancy Rappleye for allowing me to include a portion of her presentation on dutch ovens in this post.

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Stan’s Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Cake Mix and canned peaches combine for easy cobbler in a dutch oven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Frozen rolls cooked in a dutch oven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

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Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven that’s crispy, tender and juicy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Oven Dorito Enchilada Casserole

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Enchiladas in the Dutch Oven made with Dorito chips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Oven Scalloped Potatoes

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

Recipe for Dutch Oven Scalloped Potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Oven Hearty Corn Bread

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

This delicious cornbread is so tender, moist and flavorful too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Oven Beef Roast with Vegetables

How to Cook In A Dutch Oven

How to cook a tender beef roast and vegetables in the dutch oven outdoors

 

Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

Stan’s Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler 

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Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

Cake Mix and canned peaches combine for easy cobbler in a dutch oven

My handsome hubby Stan created this masterpiece as a scoutmaster years ago, and we also made it on family camp outs.  Now you get to have the recipe to enjoy when you cook in your dutch oven.  This peach cobbler is really good with some vanilla ice cream if you have some on hand to serve alongside with it.

 

I have a GREAT 2-page Dutch Oven cheat sheet HERE 

 

Stan’s Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

Ingredients:

58-60 oz. of canned sliced peaches, you will drain these, but save the juice

3/4 cup brown sugar, divided

1 box of yellow cake mix, dry

1//2 cup (1 stick) butter, use the real deal here

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

 

Directions:

Begin by preparing your coals, and all the basics you’ll need to know, I show you how HERE

Placing 8 coals on the prepared ground.

Using a 10″ dutch oven pour in the drained peaches SAVING the drained juices

In a bowl combine the dry cake mix and approximately 1 cup to 1  – 1/3 cup of the reserved peach juice to make a batter.Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

Cake Mix and canned peaches combine for easy cobbler in a dutch oven

Sprinkle on top of the peaches ONLY 1/2 cup of the brown sugar

Then pour the cake mix and peach juice batter on top of that.

Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

Cake Mix and canned peaches combine for easy cobbler in a dutch oven

Spread the batter evenly.

Cut the butter into small pieces and arrange evenly on top of batter. Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

Cake Mix and canned peaches combine for easy cobbler in a dutch oven

Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon.

Put on the lid and put 14 coals on the top, bake for 25-35 minutes; until the center part of the cake is cooked through.Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

Cake Mix and canned peaches combine for easy cobbler in a dutch ovenEnjoy alone or with ice cream – either way is delish!Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

Cake Mix and canned peaches combine for easy cobbler in a dutc

Recipe by Carrie Groneman, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017

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What, How & Why In Dutch Oven Cooking – All About Dutch Oven Cooking: 101

Basic information for dutch oven cooking

How Do I Use The Coals & Temperature – All About Dutch Oven Cooking: 101

Charcoal temperature and dutch oven

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls

Butter Pull-Apart Rolls in the Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Dutch Oven Dorito Enchilada Casserole

Dorito Enchilada Casserole

Dutch Oven Scalloped Potatoes

Recipe for Dutch Oven Scalloped Potatoes

Dutch Oven Hearty Corn Bread

  Corn Bread 1

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Oven Beef Roast with Vegetables

Beef roast and vegetables in the dutch oven

 

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

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Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven that’s crispy, tender and juicy

Oh, that crispy amazingly seasoned outer crunch of good fried chicken can’t be beat! 

Combined with the tender, moist, flavorful meat on the inside, perfection!!

This dutch oven has it all, and cooked this way makes it even better.  

I will take you through the easy steps, so come try this one out, I think you’ll want to make it every week

 

I have a GREAT 2-page Dutch Oven cheat sheet HERE to help you follow along

 

 

Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

Ingredients:

12 oz or 1  1/2 cups ranch dressing

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon Montreal Chicken steak seasoning

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

2  1/2 cups corn flake crumbs, make into crumbs

2 sticks, 1 cups butter ( the real stuff)

7-8 pieces of cut up chicken

food grade disposable gloves

 

Directions:

Heat Charcoal  according to directions (and find all the basics you need to know) HERE

Lightly oil a 12″ dutch oven.

1- In a bowl combine the flour, Montreal chicken steak seasoning, brown sugar, poultry and salt.

2- In a bowl combine the beaten egg and salad dressing.

3- In a bowl pour in the corn flake crumbs.

Cover a cookie sheet or area with waxed paper.

Begin by rinsing off the chicken and patting dry.

Wearing your disposable gloves, and working with once piece of chicken at a time, dredge, or coat a piece of chicken by placing it in the bowl with the flour mixture.

Recipe for Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Now, carefully so you are not making a huge mess, roll that piece of flour seasoned chicken in the

Recipe for Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Next, roll in the crushed corn flakes

Recipe for Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Place the coated chicken onto the waxed paper.

Recipe for Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Continue this until all the chicken pieces are coated and prepared. Toss out the disposable gloves.

Meanwhile place 10 briquettes on the the ground/surface area.

Melt the butter in your heated dutch oven.  Again, to see how to prepare coals click HERE

Recipe for Dutch Oven Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Carefully, with long tongs, place the coated and prepared chicken into the hot dutch oven

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Place dutch oven lid on top, along with 16 hot coals.

You will cook this for 50 minutes to 1 hours; which means you will need to put on new coals to keep the heat going to 350 degrees, like this as they turn white and burn out.

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Continue to cook the chicken until it is cooked all the way through and juices run clear, checking as needed.

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

ENJOY!  Serves 4

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Fried Chicken in a Dutch oven

Recipe by Carrie Groneman. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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What, How & Why In Dutch Oven Cooking – All About Dutch Oven Cooking: 101

Basic information for dutch oven cooking

How Do I Use The Coals & Temperature – All About Dutch Oven Cooking: 101

Charcoal temperature and dutch oven

Stan’s Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler in a Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven Mini-Pull-Apart Butter Rolls

Butter Pull-Apart Rolls in the Dutch Oven

 

Dutch Oven Dorito Enchilada Casserole

Dorito Enchilada Casserole

Dutch Oven Scalloped Potatoes

Recipe for Dutch Oven Scalloped Potatoes

Dutch Oven Hearty Corn Bread

  Corn Bread 1

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Oven Beef Roast with Vegetables

Beef roast and vegetables in the dutch oven

Basic information for dutch oven cooking

All the Basics You Need in Dutch Oven Cooking For Beginners: 101

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How to choose a dutch oven, clean it and care for it

Have you ever heard about dutch oven cooking? Or wanted to learn?

Do you know what to look for as you choose one, what size you need, what it means to season it or how to clean and care for it after you cook in it?  

Dutch Oven Cooking for Beginners is all about answering these questions and more!

I will explain it all, and share my scrumptious recipes with you at the end of this post. 

Cooking with a dutch oven is a practical, tasty way of being more self reliant.  

If you are beginner dutch oven user, let’s address a few concerns first:

WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT A DUTCH OVEN ANYWAY?

Did you know that dutch ovens have been around for hundreds of years?  

And it is STILL considered one of the MOST functional ways to cook with that you will find.  

HOW CAN I USE A DUTCH OVEN IF I’M NOT A PIONEER?

You can use it to cook with if you are camping, or on a day trip or at your home.

WHY WILL I LIKE COOKING WITH A DUTCH OVEN?

Cooking in a dutch oven gives food a wonderful flavor like nothing else does!

Along with being a terrific way to cook anytime, it’s a perfect alternative resource if the power goes out.  

You don’t need electricity when using a dutch oven to boil, bake, fry and saute.  You are still able to feed your family a wonderful meal, which is so comforting when other things are out of sorts.

NOW LET’S HAVE FUN!  In this post we learn about dutch oven basics and in part two, we cook with fire! HERE 

A little nervous about it are you?  No need to be.  

I agree that it can be a little intimidating, with all the fuss about what size to use, how much charcoal, and such.

However, I have an easy guide to walk you through from start to finish.

This will be a terrific refresher for those who have been cooking with a dutch oven awhile too:)

It’s SO easy to cook with a dutch oven if you will think of it this way:  Anything you can do in your kitchen, you can do in the dutch oven; it just takes a bit of practice, and a some know-how.

So come on along and I’ll help beginner dutch oven users learn, and seasoned experts refresh. as we talk about:

  • Useful Tools and Equipment 
  • The importance of dutch ovens 
  • How to purchase a dutch oven: what to look for when buying used
  • How to season a dutch oven – and it’s nothing to do with the weather
  • Cleaning and how to care for a dutch oven

I have a GREAT 2-page cheat sheet HERE to help you follow along

What, How & Why In Dutch Oven Cooking – All About Dutch Oven Cooking: 101

Let’s talk about what really IS helpful and needed in dutch oven cooking.  

There’s a ton of ‘stuff’ out there, but these are the tools that we enjoy and actually use.

Useful tools and equipment

To make it easy for you, if you click on any of the titles of the suggested items, you will go directly to that source to easily check it out.

TOP 10 ITEMS

1- Heat Resistant Cooking Gloves to protect your hands

2-  Dutch Oven Lid Stand is really nice to have a place to set the lid of the dutch oven so you don’t have to set it on the ground when you take if off of the dutch oven to check on the food, to hold a clean plate or serving bowl as you serve up your scrumptious delight!       

3- Dutch Oven Lid Lifter is a MUST in handling those dutch oven lids – seriously, it’s the only way to mange it without burning yourself, or accidentally dropping ash into your food.

4- Charcoal Chimney Starter makes getting those charcoal briquettes going a breeze

5- Kingsford Original Charcoal Briquets

6- Barbecue / Grill Tongs – Mr Grill to put the charcoal in to the chimney, also to place the hot briquettes where needed

7- Galvanized Charcoal and Ash Can with Lid to put your hot coals in if you are BBQ on your patio, or where small children or pets can get to them, this is really helpful

8- Camp Dutch Oven Cooking Table is really nice and just down-right handy so you don’t have to cook on the ground and it gives your coals shelter from any wind; which means you have much more control as you cook outdoors for fantastic food. Of course you can also use a fire pit OR heavy flat piece of metal like we show in our pictures. You can use anything that is heat proof way and make sure to elevate it off the ground such as the cement tree round forms we used here in our pictures.           

9- For your cooking this extra long BBQ Set will work great

10- Rounding out our list with this Rimmed Ladle  which will come in handy any times over too for soups, chili’s, and so much more.

 

Dutch ovens

As a beginner starting out to cook in a dutch oven, you may wonder?

What Size Dutch Oven Do I Need or Will I Use?

  • Multiple Dutch Ovens aren’t necessary; however a set of varying sized pots can be helpful.
  • We suggest various sizes so you can easily stack them.
  • You may want to check these out to start with

10″ Lodge Camp Dutch Oven, 4 Qt

12″ Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven, 8-Quart

  • For our family, we generally use: 10″2 – 12″, But see what is going to suit your needs best

This chart will help in calculating servings as you cook, along with what size pots you might want to purchase.

Chart 4

All the Basics You Need in Dutch Oven Cooking For Beginners: 101

 

The many reasons to have Dutch ovens and know how to use them:

  • Food cooked in a dutch oven tastes fabulous.
  • If the power is out, a dutch oven is another source of cooking.  Just make sure that you cook with them outside.  NEVER light charcoal in an enclosed area, such as a garage or inside your house as carbon monoxide gas quickly rises to dangerous levels that can be fatal.
  • By stacking your dutch ovens you can cook multiple foods at the same time.
  • With practice, anything that can be prepared in a regular oven can be cooked in a Dutch oven.
  • Dutch ovens are terrific for camping, picnics and outdoor entertaining.

 

What to look for when buying a Dutch Oven

A new cast iron Dutch oven can be very costly, however, garage sales,  junk shops, and thrift stores are often a great source for used ones.  Even a rusty old oven can be easily restored.  You can save a lot of money and get a good quality dutch oven pretty easily if you watch.

 

A few things to look out for when buying a used dutch oven:

  • Cracks, chips, casting imperfections and rust spots – these are all things you do not want
  • Examine the pot and lid both inside and out for problems that would affect cooking or safety
  • Make sure the lid fits properly, this is very important, such as no rocking motion, and that it fits snug.
  • When looking for a Dutch oven you want to take it out of the box and look for even casting and as smooth of a surface you can find.
  • If looking for a camping pot, then only buy a dutch oven with legs and determine that these are in good condition.  The reason here is because of the legs.  It allows for the coals to be easily placed under the pot and for easy stacking also.
  •  Check the thickness of the metal – irregularities will mean inconsistency when cooking, not good
  • Make sure there is a loop handle which makes it easier to pick up with a hook and that it is strong. Make sure that it is centered well so when you pick up the pot it is not lop-sided.
  • Avoid Dutch Ovens with riveted tabs; it should be completely smooth, not indents

 

If you have purchased a ready to use Dutch oven follow these steps:

  • Before using for the first time rinse with hot water but no soap, and towel dry
  • Before each time cooking, prepare the cooking surface by wiping it down with vegetable oil
  • After each time cooking, clean with a scrubber like this one HERE under hot water with no soap and towel dry
  • After it is dry and while still warm, wipe all surfaces down with oil
  • Allow the oven to cool and then store in a cool dry place, do not store with the lid on top                                                                                                                                                                                  

*Note:  A Dutch oven is formed as one piece, then the lid sliced off of the top. Meaning the lid is unique to that oven.  Make sure the lid fits properly and snug, otherwise your food won’t cook properly and it will get full of ash.   

(Source:  http://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/DutchOven/DutchOvenCooking.htm)

 

Caring for a Dutch Oven

Seasoning a Dutch Oven

Most Dutch ovens come pre-seasoned and only need to be washed with a little bit of soap (just this one time) and hot water.

  • After washing set it on a heat source (like your stove top or camp stove) and let it dry completely.
  • You can wipe it with a little shortening or Cast Iron Conditioner at this time and then let it cool and put away.
  • You do not have to put oil or grease it every time you use and wash it, just when it looks like it needs it.
  • If you have a pot that is not pre-seasoned, it has a wax coating that needs to come off.

Steps:

1-Wash the pot and lid with hot soapy water, rinse well and dry off with paper towels.

2-Coat the entire pot and lid with a thin layer of shortening and place them in a 450-500 degree bar-B –Q grill upside down (so the shortening will not pool) on the rack, shut lid and leave in there for one hour.

3- Turn off heat and leave in grill till cool. This should create a nice black patina on the cast iron.

4- If you are not satisfied with the results, repeat the process over.

5- You can do this procedure in your home oven but it smells and smokes up the house, but be sure to open a few windows!

 

Now that you have used your dutch oven to cook in here’s how to clean and care for it:

Cleaning and caring for a Dutch Oven
After you are done with your meal and ready to clean up, put some hot water in your pot and use a scraper to loosen all the food.

  • Dump out water and put more hot water in the pot.
  • Use a plastic scrubber like THIS to clean it out well.
  • Dump out the dirty water again and then rinse completely with hot water.
  • Place the pot on a heat source and let it dry out completely.
  • Now you can give it a thin coat of shortening or Cast Iron Conditioner applied with a paper towel.
  • Let it cool.
  • If you do not have a cover for your Dutch oven, place a folded paper towel – half in and half out in the pot -and place the lid on top and cock it. You will want a bit of air to circulate while stored.
  • If you have a cover for you Dutch oven, place the lid right side up in the bottom of cover and then sit the pot on top of the lid.
  • Always store your dutch ovens in a dry area.

 

I hope you’ve found this information on the basics of dutch ovens helpful. It’s time to learn how to light the coals and regulate the temperature so you can get cookin some fabulously scrumptious food! It’s EASY PEASY!  Click HERE for that post

 

 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2017

My huge thanks to Nancy Rappleye for allowing me to include a portion of her presentation on dutch ovening in this post.

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his delicious cornbread is so tender, moist and flavorful too

This tender, moist and hearty corn bread is so good.

And made all the more tasty with the smokey taste from the dutch oven cooking! 

It is satisfying and fills those hungry tummy’s.  

What a great accompaniment to the Dorito Enchilada Casserole, canned stew or chili if you want a bit of homemade with a hurry up and no-fuss meal.

Super easy, I’ll walk you through it!

 

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I have a GREAT 2-page Dutch Oven cheat sheet HERE to help you follow along

 

Dutch Oven Hearty Corn Bread

10″ dutch oven

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted

2 eggs, beaten 1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup milk

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup cornmeal

1  1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions:

Click HERE for a tutorial and instructions on how to start the charcoal and be prepared BEFORE beginning this recipe since it comes together so quickly; as well as other useful dutch oven information.

Lightly oil or coat with nonstick cooking spray a 12″ dutch oven.Ducth Oven 1

Cover it completely with oil

Dutch Oven 2In a large bowl mix together the melted butter, well beaten eggs and milk.

In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt.Corn Bread 2Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bowl, in about three sections, until well blended.Corn Bread 3Spoon cornbread mixture into the prepared dutch oven and spread evenly.Corn Bread 4Cover the dutch oven with the lid.Corn Bread 5


 

Place the dutch oven on a prepared area as directed in the instructions HERE  

Using 10 coals underneath.

Charcoal 2And 15-16 lit briquettes on the top; making sure the tips are white and prepared.Charcoal 3Bake for 20-25 minutes, checking periodically, baking until the cornbread turns golden brown and the center is cooked through.

***Remember to add new coals if needed during the process as directed in the basic tutorial HERECorn Bread 6Serve warm with butter, honey or honey butter.

Adapted from papadutch.home.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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