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Dutch Oven Recipes

Rekindle your heritage, try a dutch oven, you will love it!!

Not just a Great Way to Prepare Great Food Cast iron is one of the oldest metals to be used in the manufacture of cookware (in use since the Middle Ages and brought to America with Columbus). Today it is the metal of choice among professional and serious amateur chefs worldwide. Serious chefs understand the value of the cast iron utensil as a precision cooking tool... the properties of cast iron which the professional chefs appreciate are heat retention and even heat distribution, which enable the chef to maintain precise control of the heat of the pan and guarantee even cooking with no "hot spots", which are common occurrences with other metals. In addition to its contribution to precision cooking, the cast iron utensil is a much better value, in terms of price and durability - it is truly "heirloom cookware" to be passed from generation to generation. Manufacturers of other type of cookware combine different alloys and apply different coatings in an attempt to achieve these properties using other metals, but none have matched the natural attributes of cast iron. "Studies indicate cast iron cookware commonly found in American kitchens significantly contributes to the iron content of many cooked foods," says Dr. Craig Walker, a renowned cardiac specialist of The Cardiovascular Institute of The South. A well seasoned cast iron item is a true non-stick cooking utensil with a finish that will last a lifetime.

Bonnie's Dump Cobbler

Line Dutch oven with foil (for easy cleaning).

1 package of yellow or white cake mix (the good stuff, not store brand)
2 cans of sliced apples

Pour cans of sliced apples in bottom of dutch oven. Sprinkle cake mix over top of apples, DO NOT STIR! Sprinkle with cinnamon and cut pads of butter and let fall on surface. DO NOT STIR, it will burn. Cover and bake until bubbly and top is lightly browned, about 30-45 min. Any combination of fruits can be used.

Another One of Bonnie's Dutch Oven Cobbler

Line Dutch oven with foil (for easy cleaning).

Mix two cups of flour, two cups of sugar, two cups of milk, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and a pinch of baking powder in a large Ziplock bag. Knead the mixture until all lumps are removed.

Open two large cans of pie filling (our favorites are: cherry and apple).

Place Dutch oven on level ground with 17 coals underneath and 15 coals on lid.

Melt two sticks of butter. Empty ziplock bag into Dutch oven and immediately pour pie filling in on top (pour in center). Allow to bake for 40-45 minutes making sure coals cook top and bottom evenly.

If done properly, you'll have a light brown crust on top with no sign of fruit until you dig in. If fruit does show through, well, you've still got an awesome taste treat. If you can top this off with vanilla ice cream.

Scout Fruit Cobbler

In order for this recipe to turn out it must be followed to the exact measurements!!!!

Precise detail is important. Put a large can of Cherry Pie filling into a 10" Dutch Oven

Dump a Cherry Chip cake mix over the top.

Open a can of Cherry 7-UP and take 2 swallows.

Add some to the cake and take 2 more swallows.

Add the rest and cover and bake.

This should take about 25 min. At 350 degrees.

For a 10" Dutch Oven you should have a total for 21 briquettes.

On the top you will have 13 and on the bottom you will have 8.

Remember only Kingsford briquettes.... they are the best.

Remember this is a Scout recipe.... they said they had to test the 7-Up to make sure it was good so that the Cobbler would turn out ok......!!!!

This recipe was sent to me from The Happy Camper

The next 5 recipes were sent to me by Star from Texas

Ckuckwagon Stew

2 1/2 Lbs cubes meat (5 cups)

1 table all-purpose flour

1 table paprika

1 table chili powder

2 teas. salt

3 table lard

2 sliced onions

1 clove, minced

1 28 oz. can tomatoes

3 table chill powder

1 table cinnamon

1 teas. ground cloves

1/2 to 1 teas dry crushed red peppers

2 cups chopped potatoes

2 cups chopped carrots

Coat meat in a mixture of flour, paprika, 1 teas chill powder & salt, Brown in hot fat in a large Dutch oven. Add onion & garlic & cook until soft. Then add tomatoes, chill powder, cinnamon, cloves & peppers. Cover & simmer 2 hours, Add potatoes & carrots & cook until vegetables are done, about 45 min.

Dutch Oven Special

Star's Dutch Oven Special

1 lb. dry pinto beans

6 lb. rump roast

1 table. lard

1 cup banana peppers or green pepper strips

2 deiced onions

1 cups tomato juice

1 8oz. can tomato sauce

1/2 cup water

2 table. cider vinegar

2 table. brown sugar

2 table salt

1 teas. each of dry mustard & thyme

Wash beans: drain, cover with cold water & let soak overnight. Bring beans to a boil and cook a hour: drain, discarding water. Brown roast in hot fat in large Dutch oven. Add peppers & onions & cook tell tender. Add beans and remaining ingredients. Cover & bake at about 350 for 2 1/2 hours or tell beans are tender & meat is done.

Wild card Chili

2 lb chopped meat

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 16 oz. can red beans

1 16 oz. can refried beans

1 8oz. can tomato sauce

1 cup water

1 teas. chopped red pepper (hot)

1/2 teas. each salt, garlic,, black pepper, & cayenne

3 table. chili powder

2 table molasses

Brown meat with onions in dutch oven: pour off any fat: Add remaining ingredients: Cover & simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Black Jack BBQ Sauce

1 cup Strong black coffee

1 cup Worcestersauce

1 cup catsup

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 table. chili powder

2 teas. salt

2 cups chopped onions

1/4 minced hot red chill peppers

6 cloves garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer 25 mins. Then put in a blender, blend until smooth.... makes 5 cups.. Place 8 lbs meat in sauce ....over night to marinate.... be sure the the meat is coated. Place in Dutch oven day ..cook at 350 about 3 hr.

One Shot Sauce & Meat

1 lb. butter

1/2 cup onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup whiskey

1/4 cup Worcester sauce

1 table. pepper

1 1/2 tesp dry mustard

1 teas salt

1/4 teas Tabasco

Melt butter in a saucepan, add onion, garlic. cook slowly until soft & tender. Add remaining ingredients.... mix.... makes 3 cups. Add 5 lb. meat add 1/2 of one shot sauce over meat in Dutch oven. Cook at 350 for about 1 hr. turn meat over cook 1hr. more. Thicken the remaining sauce .....and use as a gravy.

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Caring for your
Cast Iron

Here's something unique! Cast Iron products are built to literally last a lifetime. They won't chip, crack, peel, dent, warp or wear out. When 'seasoned' properly, not only will they last a lifetime, they will perform like new every day. Cast iron cookware always outperforms other materials due to its even heating properties and heat retention. Plus it is value priced!

How to 'Season' Cast Iron Cookware

Seasoning is the process of allowing oil to be absorbed into the iron, creating a non-stick, rustproof finish. Here's how to do it:

1. Wash with hot, soapy water and a stiff brush. Rinse and dry completely.
2. Oil the cookware (inside and out) with MELTED solid vegetable shortening.
3. Turn upside down on the top rack of a 350 deg.F pre-heated oven.
4. Put aluminum foil on the bottom rack to catch any excess drippings.
5. Bake the cookware for one hour at 350 degF.
6. Let the cookware cool slowly in the oven.
7. Store, uncovered, in a dry place when cooled.

The New Utensil

Wash thoroughly with mild dishwashing liquid to remove the wax coating used for protection in shipping. Rinse with hot water and dry completely with a soft cloth or paper towel. NEVER ALLOW TO DRAIN DRY, OR WASH IN A DISHWASHER. Oil the utensil on the inside thoroughly with a LIGHT COATING of solid vegetable shortening. Do not use salted fat (margarine or butter). Treat all cast iron lids in the same manner as the pot. Place the oiled utensil in a 250°-300 oven and bake. After 10-15 minutes remove from the oven and drain off all excess oil. Return to the oven and bake for 1 hour. Allow to cool naturally to room temperature while in the oven. Your utensil is now ready to use.

Rust Spots

If your old or new cast iron ware gets light rust spots, scour the rusty areas with steel wool, i.e. SOS pad, until all traces of rust are gone. Wash, dry and repeat seasoning process.

Metallic Taste

If your food gets a metallic taste, or turns "black", it means one of two things are wrong. Either your pot has not been sufficiently seasoned, or you are leaving the food in the pot after it has been cooked. Cast iron utensils are NOT to be used as storage vessels. Remove food from the cookware as soon as it is cooked. Always clean your utensils immediately with boiling hot water and brush. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Prior to storing, oil very lightly with vegetable shortening, such as Crisco or spray with a shorting spray, such as Pam, then wipe dry with paper towel. Store in a dry place uncovered. This is especially important in humid climates. If you put a lid on a pot for storage, condensation could occur causing rust. Give your pot clean, dry air in a place where the temperature is fairly stable.

Expert Tips

It is recommended that you cook foods with high fat and grease content the first few times to expedite seasoning. This would include cooking bacon. sausage, hamburger, or deep frying potatoes, chicken, etc. Soups, stews, etc. (foods with high moisture and acid content) have a tendency to remove seasoning from a cast iron utensil and may want to be avoided at first, or be aware your utensil may have to be re-seasoned after use. After regular use, clean, oil lightly while warm, then wipe dry with paper towel or soft cloth before storing. Your ironware will darken with use and improve with age. A well used piece of ironware will develop a patina that truly is the ultimate in non stick cookware.


In the case of a cast iron cake pan, corn stick pan, popover pan or muffin pan, if seasoned properly, as previously stated, you should have great success with no sticking occurring. Prior to cooking in these utensils oil well, or spray heavily with Pam or other similar spray shortening. It could be said that Pam is cast iron bakeware's best friend. NOTE: Before baking in any cast iron utensil, oil and preheat before pouring in the batter and bake in a preheated oven.

Serving from a Cast Iron Black Pot

If you are camping out or having a western party at home and want to serve beans, stew or chili from the cookware, a few rules are to be followed and no metallic taste will be imparted.

Keep food simmering in the pot until ready to take to the table. To protect the table from the hot pot, place it on some form of trivet. After food is served, cover the pot to keep food hot for second helpings. As soon as the meal is finished, remove food, wash utensils, dry and prepare for storing.

Just for fun, watch everybody's face light up when they see food just as it comes out of a beautiful cast iron utensil. It never fails. There is something special about food in a black pot.

Nutritional Benefit of Ironware

You may not be aware that iron cookware imparts a significant amount of dietary iron to your food, which is absorbed by the body. In other words cast iron is the healthiest cookware on the market.

Energy Savers

Cast iron cookware is the original waterless, energy saving cookware and served this purpose in the sparse life of the pioneers.

The most tender of roasts, cooked in a variety of sauces can be simmered while on low heat on top of the range in a dutch oven. Very little moisture and/or juices are lost, and top- of-the-range cooking is very inexpensive.


Cast iron cookware evenly distributes heat. It discourages "hot spots". If your food burns, it means only one thing - you got the pot too hot. Less heat is needed with cast iron. However, searing, etc. needs to be done on medium-high heat, with temperatures lowered for slow cooking. You will learn the techniques of this cookware as you become experienced with its nature.

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