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5 Summer Dutch Oven Recipes

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! One hobby that I’ve picked up in the last year and a half is cooking in a Dutch oven. This is yet another hobby that my grandpa enjoyed, and since I was given all his old Dutch oven recipe books, I’ve gotten to take a crack at some easy and delicious recipes that I wanted to share with you! So in this article, I’m going to share five recipes from the various cookbooks I’ve inherited, as well as one that I bought myself. These will fit well with the summer season, whether they’re recipes you can prepare in a vacation house, on a campfire, or anything else in between. These recipes will consist of one bread, one breakfast, one main dish, one side dish, and one dessert. So without any further delay, let’s get started!

Note: Images of these dishes will not be the exact dishes in these recipes. They are just the closest approximations of these dishes I could find online

1. Parmesan Bread

Ingredients:

– 4 packages active dry yeast
– 4 tsp sugar
1/4 cup warm water
– 8 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (2 cups)
– 31/2 cups plus 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
– 2 tsp salt
– 6 eggs, beaten lightly
– 11/2 cups unsalted butter, melted and cooled
– oil for coating loaves
– butter for greasing pans

Preparation:

Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. In a separate bowl, mix together Parmesan, 31/2 cups of the flour, and salt. Beat in the yeast and eggs; beat mixture for 3 minutes. Add butter and continue beating the mixture, adding remaining flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Knead until a smooth and silky dough is formed. Coat it with oil, cover, and let rise in a covered bowl in a warm place for 2 hours.

Butter three loaf pans or two Dutch ovens.

Cut the dough into two portions for two Dutch ovens or three portions for loaf pans. Shape dough into round or oblong loaves, depending on shape of pans, and place in Dutch ovens or pans. Let rise until double in size.

Bake in Dutch ovens for 25-30 minutes, or in 350oF conventional oven for 30-35 minutes, until loaves are pale golden and sound hollow when tapped.

Yield: 2 to 3 loaves

Book: The Outdoor Dutch Oven Cookbook by Sheila Mills

2. Mountain Man Breakfast

Ingredients:

– 1 lb sausage
– 1 medium onion, chopped
– 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 2 lbs hash brown potatoes
– 8 eggs, beaten
– 2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Preparation:

In a large skillet over a bed of coals or using a stove, cook sausage until no longer pink. Add onion and bell pepper, cook until tender.

Coat bottom and sides of Dutch oven with olive oil and add hash browns, sausage mixture, and eggs; top with cheese. Cover and bake, using 10 coals underneath the oven and 16 coals on top, or at 350o in a conventional oven, for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Serves 8-10

Book: Dutch Oven Cajun and Creole by Bill Ryan (with additional instructions for cooking in a conventional oven)

3. Chuck Wagon Surprise

Ingredients:

– 2 (10-count) cans of refrigerator biscuits
1/2 cup of grated cheddar-jack cheese
– 4 tbsp mayonnaise
– 1 cup cut-up cooked chicken or pheasant, grouse, quail, or any bird desired
– 1 cup diced celery
– 1 tbsp melted butter

Preparation:

Preheat kitchen oven to 325o or prepare 24-25 coals for cooking outside using a Dutch oven. Grease a baking sheet or warm and grease a 12-inch Dutch oven.

Flatten 10 biscuits into a thin oval and place them on the prepared baking sheet or in the bottom of the prepared Dutch oven. Mix everything else together except the melted butter and spoon over the biscuits. Flatten and place remaining biscuits on top of the mixture and press edges together, if you so desire. Brush the melted butter on top and bake for 20-25 minutes in your kitchen oven or use 8 coals on the bottom and 16-17 coals on the top of your Dutch oven. Watch and wait for the smell.

Serves 8-10

Book: Cabin Cooking: Rustic Cast Iron and Dutch Oven Recipes by Colleen Sloan

4. Eva’s Loaded Baked Beans

Ingredients:

– 1 pound ground sausage, browned
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
– 1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
– 1 lb bacon, cut into pieces
– 1 tbsp garlic salt
– 2 cans (24 ounces each) pork and beans

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients together inside Dutch oven. Cover and bake, using 10 coals underneath the oven and 16 coals on top, or at 350o in a conventional oven, for 50 minutes. You can serve this hot or cold.

Serves 18-24

Book: Dutch Oven Cajun and Creole by Bill Ryan (with additional instructions for cooking in a conventional oven)

5. Fruity Cobbler

Ingredients:

– 1 (29-ounce) can fruit or pie filling
– 1 cake mix
2/3 can of cream soda, Sprite, Coke, root beer, or soda pop of choice
– Sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg or both

Preparation:

Preheat kitchen oven to 325o or prepare 25 coals for cooking outside using a Dutch oven. Warm and grease a 12-inch Dutch oven.

Pour fruit of pie filling into prepared Dutch oven and spread over bottom. Pour cake mix into Dutch oven and stir into fruit. Add as much soda pop as needed to give moisture. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. Cover and bake for 20-35 minutes in your kitchen oven or use 10 coals on the bottom and 15 coals on the top of your Dutch oven. Wait for the smell; it’s the best way to know when it’s done. Top with ice cream or whipped topping.

Serves 10-12

Possible fruit and cake mix combinations:

Yellow cake mix with peaches, drain juice

Spice cake mix with apple pie filling

White or yellow cake mix with blueberry pie filling

Yellow cake mix with cherry pie filling

Lemon cake mix with pineapple or bananas

Yellow cake mix with fruit cocktail or mandarin oranges, drain juice

Chocolate cake mix with cherry pie filling

Spice cake mix with pumpkin and apple

White cake mix with raspberries

Book: Cabin Cooking: Rustic Cast Iron and Dutch Oven Recipes by Colleen Sloan

So there it is! Those are just five (5) Dutch oven recipes that may be worth trying and working into your summer meal plans! Feel free to give these recipes a try and let us know how they turned out! These as well as all the other recipes in these books are a lot of fun to prepare and will absolutely be worth trying. In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, and follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook and Instagram. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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