Monday, July 12, 2010

Dutch Oven Potatoes

So as a summer tradition (2 years running) we go up to a canyon near our house, and have a campfire dinner.  Having mountains close affords us some spectacular scenery, wonderful wildlife, and delicious dutch oven cooking.  Hot dogs, and smores are a thing of the past.... while we still do the smores from time to time.  This is the first of a couple of recipes that you can make using a dutch oven, fresh ingredients, and some coals from the fire... briquette if you a cheater like me.  Enjoy a taste of the mountains.

Serves 10
15 medium sized potatoes sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
2 medium sized onions sliced
1 package bacon chopped into small squares
4 tblsp butter
2 tblsp grill seasoning
salt and pepper

Start by heating up your dutch oven over 12-15 briquettes getting it nice and hot.  Cook the bacon, until crispy.  Keep as much or a little of the fat as you want, as it will help cook the potatoes.  Add the onion, and cook for a couple of minutes stirring often until they begin to caramelize.  Add the potatoes, grill seasoning, and butter.  Stir until all the ingredients are mixed well.  Place the lid on the dutch oven over the potatoes and use 4 of the briquettes from the bottom, on top, evenly spaced.  Cook for 30-40 minutes or until fully cooked, checking often and stirring.  You'll know they are close when the skins start to fall off the potatoes.  Be sure to season them all along the way with the salt and pepper to taste.  That's it, all the dutch oven, smokey goodness you can eat.  Enjoy!

(Hint: I'm a cheater as I said, I also use my camp stove to cook the bacon before I add the potatoes over the coals.  Feel free to do this as it won't take quite as long.  If you do this, just finish the cooking over the briquettes.)


Pam said...

Oh my gosh! This sounds and looks delicious! Don't know which I like more, potatoes or bacon so this is perfect. I will absolutely be making this!

anniebakes said...

This looks yummy and it sounds like you had a fun time!!


The McLaws Clan said...

Also try putting some green chilies in and then adding shredded cheese to the top. I always love dutch oven cooking too.

Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor said...

Yumm! I love potatoes and dutch oven so this is a win win for me! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Clements Family said...

Great idea for the chilies and cheese!