Making a delicious, homemade meal shouldn’t be compromised just because you are camping. These cast iron Dutch oven recipes use real ingredients, and not the highly processed, preservative filled canned stuff. Real recipes, using delicious ingredients to create amazing recipes to enjoy by the campfire. Camp food has never tasted so good!
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Why trust my Dutch oven Recipes?
If this is your first time visiting my blog, you might be wondering if you can trust my Dutch oven recipes while your own a camping trip. I mean, you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the woods with terrible food to eat, am I right? Trust me. Been there, done that.
I’m a mom to three kids, two boys and a girl. We have been involved in scouting for 12 years and my husband has been a scout leader for the same number of years. And boy, have we camped and camped for many of those years, with the scouts, with friends, and as a family. We overhauled the camp meals served during our cub scout years, and have taught many kids and parents how to cook a variety of meals over the campfire.
And all of these meals over the campfire inspired my second cookbook, The Camp & Cabin Cookbook:
Visually appealing, perfect on a cool evening. This will be a new tailgating go to. The first empty pot is always the best Compliment. And it’s great to only take one to an event. Great Recipe, thank you!
How to Cook in a Dutch Oven
Are you new to cast iron Dutch oven cooking? We’re not talking about cooking in those fancy and expensive enameled Dutch ovens over here. I have written up a very thorough post all about how to cook in a Dutch oven. I also include:
- how to choose a Dutch oven
- accessories needed Dutch oven cooking
- how to season your Dutch oven
- how many coals you need to cook and bake in your Dutch oven
- learn how to cook in a Dutch oven!
If you are looking for delicious meals to prepare on your next camping trip, look no further. These Dutch oven recipes are not only delicious, but they are easy to whip up whether you are cooking for your family or a gang of hungry campers!
Equipment needed to Cook in a Dutch Oven
If you’re a newbie to Dutch oven cooking, then you need to stock up on the equipment needed to be a successful outdoor cook. These are what I consider to be the essential tools in Dutch oven cooking. I go into great detail about these tools in my post on how to cook in a Dutch oven.
- Good Quality Cast Iron Dutch Oven (10-inch, 12-inch and/or 14-inch diameter)
- Charcoal Briquettes
- Chimney Charcoal Starter
- Long Metal Tongs
- Lid Lifter
- Heavy Duty Grill Mits
- Matches in weatherproof case
- Drain Pan
Whether you are camping or at home, make something special like this Dutch Oven Cornbread Chili and bake the cornbread in the same pot as your chili!
Chicken Cacciatore is a very healthy and easy meal to make, full of exotic mushrooms, bell peppers and kalamata olives. It makes a hearty camping meal in the Dutch Oven, too.
This Dutch Oven Roast Turkey is smothered in garlic sage butter and will turn your outdoor Thanksgiving into a fragrant traditional feast. It can be cooked on the campfire or grill or even indoors in a regular oven.
Camping doesn't mean you can't eat a gourmet meal. This Campfire Dutch Oven Osso Buco with Beer, Olives, and Gremolata is easy to prepare in the kitchen or outdoors over hot coals.
Whether you are camping or need a family friendly dinner, these campfire Dutch oven Italian Stuffed Peppers include ground beef, Italian sausage, quinoa and tomatoes and topped with cheesy goodness all served in a sweet bell pepper.
This Kalamata Olive and Sun Dried Tomato Pot Roast is a great Italian twist to the classic family pot roast that can easily be made at home or in a Dutch oven over a campfire. Recipe adapted from Scouting Magazine, March-April 2010
These Campfire Baked Apples are easy to make while on a camping trip. Wrap them in foil and cook in the campfire, bake in a Dutch oven, or bake them at home in your own kitchen!
Traditionally made with cherries, this Lemon Blueberry Clafoutis is a delicious twist on this classic French dessert and it can easily be made outdoors in Dutch oven. Recipe from my newest cookbook: The Camp & Cabin Cookbook.
This Campfire Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside Down Cake bakes beautiful over campfire coals and makes a delicious dessert alternative to the usual campfire s'mores.
Forget the burgers and dogs on your next camping trip. Make dinner special with these Dutch Oven Recipes that are perfect for the great outdoors, including this Campfire Dutch Oven Berry Cobbler.