Inspiration for Quick Dutch Oven Meals

Dutch Oven Jambalaya Substitute a fast food or restaurant meal one evening with a tasty and healthy meal whipped up in your Dutch oven. These are so easy you can even cook on them over a campfire! Here’s some...

Dutch Oven Jambalaya
Dutch Oven Jambalaya

Substitute a fast food or restaurant meal one evening with a tasty and healthy meal whipped up in your Dutch oven. These are so easy you can even cook on them over a campfire! Here’s some inspiration:

“Cowboy” Stew

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You may not want to be a cowboy, but it doesn’t hurt to eat like one from time to time. “Cowboy” stews are hearty, meaty dishes that freeze well and provide great quickie leftover meals. The heart of a cowboy stew is usually the meat. Ground beef works well and is inexpensive, but chunky pieces of steak also brew up a great stew. Brown your meat with onions in the bottom of the Dutch oven before adding diced potatoes and carrots, cans of beans or vegetables, a bay leaf or two and chili and spice to taste. Slow cook this with just enough water until the potatoes are tender enough to break apart with a fork.

Risotto

A Dutch oven Risotto is not the purists’ version of a risotto, but it is a great baked rice dish that is both filling and nutritious. As with the cowboy stew, fry onions in a bit of olive oil in the pan before adding any meat or signature vegetables to brown (such as mushrooms or artichokes) . Next, boil together any spices that you like with some stock or cooking; then add your rice, cover and bake at 300 degrees for a half-hour. Meat-based dishes may take longer to fully cook.

Fricassee

An easy French-inspired one-pot dish with a fun-to-say name, fricassees are best with seafood or chicken bases. Prepare the meat first by browning it in butter in the bottom of the Dutch oven. Take the meat out while you use the same butter and meat drippings to sauté any vegetables you want to add, in order of cooking time. Next, add some wine and stock, and bring to a simmer before you add the meat. Spices go in along the way, as does flour to thicken the broth, and soon you’ll have a delicious fricassee.