Saturday, May 26, 2012

Indoor Camping: Two Awesome Dutch Oven Recipes

If you are the kind of person to substitute applesauce for the oil or butter in a recipe, run. Please just do yourself a favor and run away from this post. (But DO please come back to read my other blog posts in the future!) ;)

If you, however, don't mind indulging in some perfectly sinful home-style cooking on occasion, this post will be right up your dirt road.

Squire finished his first year of medical school on Friday afternoon. Woohoo!! Partay time!! :) So we decided to celebrate by having dutch oven dinner and dessert tonight.

We have an amazing indoor dutch oven that was gifted to us for our wedding which we used tonight.
But you can cook this recipe up in your regular dutch oven inside just as easily. Trust us - we've done it many a time.

Mountain Man Dinner - The Perfect Dutch Oven Dinner
  • 1 lb. ground hamburger
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, cut in small pieces
  • 6 large potatoes, cut in slices
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 425*F. In your dutch oven on your stove top, cook the onion, hamburger, and bacon together until the hamburger is browned.  Don't drain out the juices from the meat and onion! They are needed to help cook the potatoes and they make this meal taste so much better. (I tried that once and the mountain man of this house forbade me to do it ever again. ;) Haha. Really though - it does taste better with it all left inside. If you must drain a bit, don't dump out more than half, and add a bit of water.) Salt and pepper to taste while cooking. Add in potato slices. Stir up the mixture and put in the oven at 425*F for about 30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Serve warm. Drizzle ketchup on the top, and delight in the beauty that is - Mountain Man Dinner.

THE Best Peach Cobbler Recipe (this Peach Cobbler recipe with my alterations)

Seriously the most scrumptious peach cobbler I have ever tasted.
  • 3 TBL. butter, melted
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans sliced peaches
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and allspice to taste
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix

Pour 3 TBL. melted butter into a 9x13 glass baking dish (or dutch oven), and set aside. Drain peaches, reserving 1/4 cup juice. In a saucepan, bring the peaches and juice just to a boil. Season with generous amounts of cinnamon, and less generous amounts of nutmeg, cloves and allspice to your taste. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, milk, baking powder and salt; mix well. Pour over butter in baking dish. Spoon hot peaches over batter. Next, melt 1/2 cup butter in the same saucepan you used to heat the peaches. Once the butter is melted, stir in 1 box of yellow cake mix until well blended. Crumble over the top of the cobbler. Bake at 400*F for 25 minutes or until the cake tests done. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream on top. 

Yum, yum, yummy! Go try these recipes out on Memorial day with your families and let me know just how much you loved them! :) 

P.S. If you are wanting more dutch oven recipes, we totally recommend this guy's site - he has tons of great dutch oven recipes with easy to follow instructions. Squire found his site a little over a year ago, and when we want to try a new dutch oven meal, we always check out his site first.


  1. Peach cobbler... YUM. Makes me want to buy a dutch oven!

  2. Hello! Thanks so much for the kind words and the link plug! I always like it when I read that someone found my site useful, helpful, or at least fun. Best to you guys!


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