How to Make Dutch Oven Potatoes

How to Make Dutch Oven Potatoes
After a long day of camping and hiking, there is nothing more tasty and filling than a plate full of Dutch oven potatoes. There are several Dutch oven potato recipes, ranging from super simple to crazy complicated. While you don't have to be a five-star chef to master this campsite staple, there are a few helpful tips that you should know. Here is a simple recipe along with a few guidelines to help you make Dutch oven potatoes that are guaranteed to please your hungry crowd.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 12 quart cast iron Dutch oven
  • One package of peppered bacon
  • One yellow onion
  • Eight to 10 brown russet potatoes
  • 16 match light briquettes
  • 8 oz. (1pkg) shredded cheese (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
 
Step 1
Prepare the food. Peel and roughly chop the onion. Open the package of bacon and cut into small-medium chunks. Carefully wash and thinly slice the potatoes (do not peel).
Step 2
Preheat your oven. Proper heating is the key to good Dutch oven cooking. Light the briquettes following the directions on the package. Once they are ready, spread them out evenly and place your Dutch oven centered over the top. At this point, all the briquettes should be on the bottom. Heat approximately for 15 to 20 minutes before adding the food.
Step 3
Begin to cook. Place the chopped onion and bacon into the heated Dutch oven (they should sizzle as they touch the bottom). Cook the bacon thoroughly before adding the potatoes. To avoid burning, you might want to remove some of the briquettes from the bottom. After the bacon is cooked, stir in the potatoes and transfer the majority of the heat to the top of the oven. There should be six to seven briquettes on the bottom and nine to 10 on top.
Step 4
Cook slowly. The saying "patience is a virtue" could not be more true when cooking in a Dutch oven. Slow cooking is what gives the potatoes their rich taste and soft texture so while you may need to stir them occasionally, it is best to leave the lid on as long as possible to avoid losing heat in your oven. Good Dutch oven potatoes will cook for at least an hour before they are ready to serve, so start cooking early if they are on your menu.
Step 5
Add cheese. When the potatoes are at the desired consistency (potatoes should be completely soft), you can add cheese if you like. Remove the oven from the heat and sprinkle cheese over the top, then return the lid and let the cheese melt before serving.
Step 6
Serve the potatoes. This recipe can be used as a side dish or as a main dish.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
The recipe will serve as many people as there are potatoes, so if you are cooking for a very large group it is best to bring more than one Dutch oven to ensure proper cooking. One of the best flavors in the potato recipe is the bacon, so don't skimp on this ingredient. Buy quality bacon that is thick and preferably peppered to add extra seasoning. If you are cooking for a kosher crowd, try turkey bacon.
 
The recipe will serve as many people as there are potatoes, so if you are cooking for a very large group it is best to bring more than one Dutch oven to ensure proper cooking.
 
One of the best flavors in the potato recipe is the bacon, so don't skimp on this ingredient. Buy quality bacon that is thick and preferably peppered to add extra seasoning.
 
If you are cooking for a kosher crowd, try turkey bacon.
 
This is not a low-calorie dish.

Article Written By Hollie Reina

Based in St. George, Utah, Hollie Reina recently started her professional writing career writing outdoor-related articles for Trails.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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