Those going camping need an arsenal of Dutch oven camping recipes ready to feed the family.
The Dutch oven is a traditional cooking vessel for campers, and it makes for an easy meal and clean up afterward. However, not all Dutch oven recipes are easy, let alone kid-friendly.
Therefore, those that are leaving for their next family camping trip may want to consider some of the easier recipes for their next campground dinner.
Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler
While not a dinner, this is one of the easiest and best camping recipes out there. Making a cobbler inside a Dutch oven is simple, just layer the ingredients and let it cook over the open flame. The Dutch oven allows the sugars to caramelize and the food to crisp at the bottom – giving it a crunchy sweet finish.
Nothing makes for an easy camping recipe like the sloppy joe. Everything is cooked in one pot, then served on top of a fresh bun. Even better, the natural grease in the hamburger meat makes for easier cleanup on the Dutch oven.
Pork Chops, Potatoes, and Cheese
Pork chops are part of the standard camp recipes. When combined with potatoes and cheese, it makes for an excellent dinner recipe. Everything can be tossed into the Dutch oven using cream of mushroom soup and croutons. Then, top it with cheese and let the meal cook away over the fire.
Some of the best camping Dutch oven recipes include soups. That is because soups are traditionally made in a single pot; therefore, it only makes sense to make them on an open flame using a Dutch oven. Traditional soups include baked potato soup, stuffed bell pepper soup, chicken noodle soup, broccoli and cheese soup, mushroom soup, beef stew, and gumbo.
Making soup in a Dutch oven out in the wilderness requires preparation. It is best to cut all vegetables at home and pack them in a plastic bag, so they are ready to pour into the broth or stock. Also, meats should be pre-cut or shredded so that they are ready to add to the Dutch oven. This limits the amount of prep work (and risk of contamination) at the campsite.
Dutch ovens make for a perfect cooking vessel when it comes to breakfast foods. There is no limit to what they can make, including pancakes, breakfast casseroles, cinnamon roll casserole, breakfast burritos, blueberry biscuits, sausage and gravy, cheesy potatoes with scrambled eggs, hash, breakfast egg and bacon casserole, French toast casserole, quiche, and traditional cinnamon rolls.
When using the Dutch oven at a campsite, it is best to bring the proper tools. Metal utensils can scratch the surface, so wooden ones are best. Also, bringing the right cleaning pads and solution will ensure the oven is cleaned and ready to use in the next recipe. Also, proper pot holders will prevent burns when removing the Dutch oven from the fire.