The cast iron dutch oven is one of the most versatile and useful tools you can have in the homestead kitchen. Whether you are cooking over an open fire, in a fireplace, or in a regular oven; dutch ovens are an awesome way to cook roasts, bake, and make “one dish” meals for the family. Below are 8 recipes from myself and some of my homesteading friends that can help get you started cooking in a cast iron dutch oven!
Traditional Brunswick Stew (Appalachian Squirrel Stew)
Traditional Brunswick stew is made with small game, namely squirrel or opossum. Since they don’t generally sell squirrel meat at the grocery store, these days most recipes substitute dark meat chicken instead. In truth, most people do have access to squirrel and this recipe calls for it.
There is nothing more satisfying than fresh baked biscuits when camping. Biscuits are easy to make at camp and make any meal better. You can find out how I make them here.
Dutch Oven Ribs
Dutch ovens and ribs are a natural fit. These ribs are slow cooked for 4.5 hours and the meat will fall off the bones.
How to Bake a Pie Outdoors in a Dutch Oven
Did you know you can even bake pies in a dutch oven? Well, you can.
Baking a pie outdoors in a dutch oven isn’t any more complicated than indoor baking, and doesn’t heat up the house in the summer months. Once you get the process down, you can have a fresh homemade pie anytime you want, even while camping.
A combination of white beans, confit, sausage, bacon and just about every animal in the farmyard makes its way into a cassoulet. While cassoulet is delicious, it’s very time-consuming. This is one that I hadn’t ever heard of until I saw Ashley’s post. Definitely going to try this one!
Oxtail Soup with Parmesan Herbed Dumplings
The tail is often wasted part of a cow on butchering day but it shouldn’t be. My friend Quinn has a killer recipe for oxtail soup.
Dutch Oven Pot Roast
This is my favorite kind of meal, all in pot! There is just something extra special about a roast cooked in a dutch oven too. An American classic that everyone should try.
Dutch Oven Zucchini Bread
Who doesn’t love zucchini bread? Wouldn’t it be great to bake it outside instead of in the house, on those hot summer days?