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My best friend got himself a dutch oven last year and he has handled the cooking chores on our last 2 camping trips. It sure is nice to wake up to homemade biscuits on a cold, frosty morning. I was wondering if anyone had any good dutch oven meals I could pass on to him. Here's a couple of pictures of his pineapple upside down cake he whipped up for us last time we camped.



 

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d.o. cake

If i had a pal that could make a cake like the one pictured why should he make anything else? It doesn't have a name but it's good.
layer in the oven: hamburger chunks, sliced potatoes, sliced carrots and put a few chopped onions with each layer. I like to get 2 sets of layers. Put canned tomato soup over each layer as it goes in. This usually takes two cans. Ketchup can also be used. salt and pepper to taste. cover and cook till done.
 

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There's a baked item in the mining regions of the country called a pasty. You pronounce it with a short A, like saying Pass tee. It's like a turnover stuffed with beef and veggies.

What you do is make a shortening pie crust, which is flour and lard and a little water (I don't have the recipe for the pie crust but any pie dough will do, even frozen storebought stuff). You roll or pat the dough out into a thin sheet, then cut circles out of it with a big pot lid or a plate and knife. Next you dice carrots, onions, rutabega, and potatoes and mix them with either ground beef or diced flank steak. You put a mound of this mixture in the center of the dough circle and season with salt and pepper. Then you fold one half of the dough over the other to make a half circle pocket. You pinch and fold the edge over, and then poke a few fork holes in the top to let the steam out. Bake in a medium oven until the dough is browned and the meat done. Serve hot with ketchup and eat with your bare hands.

Some folks make pastys with chicken or turkey, but the classic is beef or vennison. Some people also eat them from a plate with a fork, doused with gravy. The pasty is a very traditional cornish dish that iron miners carried with them to the bowels of the earth. I prefer to eat them with my hands and a bottle of catchup, but there are many ways to enjoy this dish. Anything you can bake in a regular oven you can make in a dutch oven, and I'm sure many poor families did just that until they could afford a stove with an oven, back a century ago. You can also give it a try at home in the regular oven. They make great lunches for day trips if you keep them hot, wrapped in foil in a small cooler with no ice.
 

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You need to hang out with river guys to learn about dutch ovens, cause we have had trips loaded down with 2-3 of them, cooking way too much food all the time. Pineapple upside down is one of our favorites to make, good call on that one. Any type of pound cake and your imagination works pretty good in a dutch.

One treat we found was making pizza in the dutch oven. Not from scratch, we could take the boboli pre made crusts, bring cheese and pepperoni, then take three small balls of aliminum foil to put in the bottom to hold the crust in the middle of the dutch. Cook till hot and melty. Pretty good very easy treat in the middle of a hunting trip.

Sheperd's pie (stew with biscuits on top) is another must for our trips.

If make sure the charcoal stays hot for long you can make some pretty good ribs in there too.
 
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