This is a recipe that we make all year long.- inside and outside. Once the weather warms up, we take it outside for cooking in the Dutch oven over hot coals.
Actually, that is a good reminder to let all you readers know (and I know there are lots of you), that any of these camping/D.O. recipes can be made at home in casserole dishes. Most of them cooked for the time specified at 350° F.
Matt's mom makes a mean pot of baked beans. The trouble is that she doesn't have a recipe. Like most good cooks who have a specialty, she does it simply by look and feel. She once wrote down what she thought was her recipe, but no matter what we do, we can't seem to replicate it. So, tonight, we gave it up & decided to make our own batch/recipe of baked beans in the Dutch oven.
Matt said he felt a little like he was cheating on his mom (or at least his mom's baked beans). Cheating aside, this is probably the best batch of baked beans we've ever made.
Well, we use the term “pizza” liberally. It isn’t really a pizza in a traditional sense, but it is built much like a pizza & we don’t really know what else to call it.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any pictures of this recipe today. We’ll post some next time we make it. This is a great recipe for camping because it is easy, hearty, and feeds 6-8 people pretty well (depending upon how much hiking you did in the day). The ingredients are flexible- add anything you want; delete anything you want. When you give this recipe a shot, let us know what you used for toppings. We’d love to see what others come up with.
Top o' the mornin' to ya... or evening... or lunchtime.... or whenever you are reading this. In honor of St. Patty's day, we decided to attempt a soda bread for the D.O. We considered Corned Beef and Cabbage, but decided for a weeknight that might not work for us timing wise.
March 14, 2010: The snow has finally melted, and Matt and Erin can begin Dutch Oven cooking again.
We have had snow on the ground since the first week in December. So, not only did it snow a lot this past year, but it stayed and stayed. Just last weekend, there was still a lot of snow on the ground and it was pretty cold. Then, in the past week, we've gotten warmer weather and rain which has dissolved those snow piles quite rapidly. Finally, spring seems to be on its way, and we are more than ready to start our outdoor cooking.