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Dutch Oven Roast Beef

April 19th, 2014 by ironcooker

Peggy’s Roast Beef

1 Boneless Rump Roast

1/2 cup 100% pure coconut oil

1 large onion cut up any you want.

4 to 6 cloves of garlic peeled but not chopped

Place all of the above ingredients in a cast iron Dutch oven over low heat.Put the lid in place and let it cook turning only every so often to keep one spot from getting too brown. I cooked mine about five hours turning it Cast iron Roast Beef Recipe occasionally.Remove the roast from the drippings which should be nice and brown by now.Place it on a plate. Add a little water to the drippings to make enough gravy. Turn the temperature up till the drippings begin to simmer.Mix cornstarch with water and use as a thickener. Add the slurry very slowly stirring constantly to prevent it from lumping. When the gravy is the right consistency you will know. Slice your roast across the grain and slip it back into the gravy.

I never season beef before I cook it unless I am stuffing it with garlic or peppers. As far as salt and pepper, I only season after the cooking is done and after the gravy is mixed. I only use salt and pepper to season my roast, but again, I only season just before we eat and after it is completely cooked.

Serve with mashed potatoes or rice and a veggie.

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Easy Dutch Oven Bread

April 5th, 2014 by ironcooker

Dutch Oven Bread

Easy Dutch Oven Bread

Bread in Dutch Oven Prep Time:1 Hr 30 Min Cook Time:45 Min Total Time:2 Hr 14 Min

For Basic Bread
1 cup very warm water
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast (or one packet) (see Note)
pinch of sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 cups bread flour plus more for worksurface while kneading
2 teaspoons salt (see Note)
1/4 cup oil (see Note)

flake salt or raw sugar for topping
*special equipment: 4.5 quart or larger dutch oven with lid

(see Note)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese + 1/2 cup chopped scallions + 1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 1/2 cups grated parmesan + 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves + 1 teaspoon cracked red pepper
1 tablespoon cinnamon (sift into the flour) + 1 1/2 cups raisins
2 teaspoons nutmeg (sift into the flour) + 1 cup toasted walnuts + 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup (reduce water by 1/2 cup) + 1 cup toasted pecans + 1/2 cup sugar


Add water, yeast and sugar to a bowl and let stand for several minutes until yeast becomes foamy and bubbly. Add all the other ingredients. Yep. Dump ‘em in. Combine by hand or using the bread hook of your stand mixer. When mostly combined, remove the dough onto a floured work surface and knead for about 2 minutes.
Put the kneaded dough into a bowl and allow to rest in a warm, dry place for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Turn dough out onto the floured worksurface again (add more flour!) and knead the dough for 2 minutes or until it becomes smooth and uniform in appearance. Form the dough into a small ball and let rest while the oven preheats.
Once the oven is preheated, pour about 1-2 tablespoons of oil into the dutch oven. Add the dough, seam-side down. Using a very sharp knife, cut a deep cross into the top of the loaf allowing the dough to pull away from itself slightly. Pour an additional 2-3 tablespoons of oil over the dough – inside the cross and over the smooth areas too! – and sprinkle salt or sugar over the loaf. Cover with lid.
Place dutch oven inside the oven to bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn temperature down to 400 degrees and remove the lid from the pot. DO NOT STAND DIRECTLY OVER THE POT AS YOU REMOVE THE LID. HOT STEAM WILL RUSH OUT! Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the loaf feels firm and light for its size.
Allow loaf to cool 10-15 minutes before removing from the pot to slice. Use a bread knife to slice if possible. Enjoy! Cooling Bread

Yeast: make sure you’re using live yeast that hasn’t expired!!! Also, the water you use should be around 110-120 degrees. Too hot and you can kill the yeast; too cold and it won’t activate.
Salt: reduce to 1/2 teaspoon for sweet breads
Oil: olive is good for savory, use canola or vegetable for sweet versions

Add ins: these are phenomenal in this bread, but the more things you add into the bread, the less your bread hook is going to work to knead the bread initially. If you use it to combine the ingredients then start having trouble, just dump the dough onto the countertop and knead by hand. It won’t kill you.
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Dutch Oven Bread

March 28th, 2014 by ironcooker

Dutch Oven Bread

Home made Dutch Oven Bread: Kneaded Method

Dutch Oven Bread
5 hours
Yield: 1 loaf

4 cups flour (All-purpose or bread flour work best. For whole wheat: use 2 cups all-pupose and 2 cups whole wheat flour)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

1 1/2 cups warm water

olive oil for coating crust, if desired

5-6 quart Dutch Oven with lid

Parchment paper

Directions: Sliced bread

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, mix together the flour, salt, yeast, and water. Knead in mixer on medium speed for 10 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap or the lid of a pot and allow to rise for 2-4 hours until doubled in bulk.
Knead risen dough on a floured surface for a few minutes to remove air bubbles and to redistribute the yeast. Shape into a loose ball, set on a large piece of parchment paper, and cover with a towel for 10 minutes to allow gluten to relax.
Shape dough into a tight ball and lift the dough along with the parchment paper and place in the bottom of the Dutch Oven. Cover with the lid and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.
While dough finishes rising, preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Using a sharp knife, make two slits in the surface of the dough forming an “X” shape, and brush with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt (if desired, I prefer without.)
Bake, covered for 30 minutes in 450 degree oven. After 30 minutes, remove lid and lower heat to 375 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes longer, until bread is deep golden and sounds hollow when tapped.
Allow to cool on rack for 15 minutes before slicing.
Note: You do not need to oil the pot if you are baking on parchment paper. I have tried it without parchment paper, and instead oiled the pot, but found the bottom crust to be too dark/crunchy/oily for my taste. The texture was far superior when only parchment paper was used.

**Also, check to make sure the knob on the lid of your Dutch Oven is safe for use at 450 degrees. If you’re not sure, just unscrew the knob during baking. (Metal knobs and handles are fine.There is one specific type of handle from Le Creuset that is not recommended at this high of heat. There is more info available on their website.

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes: The Cast Iron/Dutch Oven Collection

November 27th, 2013 by ironcooker

Thanksgiving Side Dishes: The Cast Iron/Dutch Oven Collection
For November this year, we’ve gone out to gather up some of our favorite recipes that you can cook in a dutch oven or on iron cookware.  So even if you’re going ‘Over the River and Through the Wood’ as the song says, you might not even have to make it to Grandmother’s house to get a solid meal.

Before we run down the recipes, let’s look over the rules:

  1. Each recipe must be prepared using cast iron cookware or a dutch oven, or at least have a reasonable option to do so.
  2. We’re not covering turkeys.  There are already enough ways to make a turkey—oven-roasted, grilled, or even fried, for example.  We’re not going to through our hat into that particular debate.  But in case you think that’s disingenuous, have you thought about putting your bird on a spit?

Thanksgiving Stuffing & Dressing (via All Food Considered)

Thanksgiving Stuffing Dressing

Stuffing?  Dressing?  Is that the same thing?  These are all questions that you ask at the very beginning of the meal because that’s the only time you have enough attention and energy to care.  But whatever you call it, this savory and starchy side is better when meat is introduced.  A smoky, savory, spiced element really places against tender vegetables and makes a base of flavor for bread.  This recipe starts with a pound of pork sausage and ends with sage and thyme.  How do you go wrong?

Bacon Cheddar Corn Pudding (via Every Day Dutch Oven)

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There’s definitely a checklist of things you need to have Thanksgiving: turkey, gravy, rolls, potatoes, stuffing—and after that, things get hazy.  If corn pudding isn’t on your list of must-haves, this year try it out.  This recipe is creamy and savory, where the natural sweetness of the corn plays against the sharp and salty notes of bacon, cheddar, and ranch dressing.  This pudding has literally all of the good stuff you want during a barbecue—but it’s served at Thanksgiving.

Mashed Potatoes (via Delicious As It Looks)

Mashed Patatoes

Mashed potatoes are the requisite starch at Thanksgiving.  It’s easy for most people to cover a pile in turkey gravy and never give them a second thought, we suggest this recipe that you might think twice to season yourself.

It starts with a base of red potatoes, smashed with milk and butter.  The fattiness in the dairy plays against the potatoes’ natural and somewhat waxy texture make for a silky, substantial side.  Finished with garlic oil, thyme, and fresh ground pepper, you may want to break out a separate dish so you can enjoy them on their own.

Shirley’s Apple Crisp (via Salted Sugared Spiced)

Shirley Apple Crisp

Honestly, what’s Thanksgiving without dessert?  This apple crisp takes advantage of one of our favorite seasonal fruits without being fussy.  You get exactly what you came for: tart apples, sugar, cinnamon, done.  You might ask, why not add in different kinds of apples, or other spices?  The answer is simple: you don’t need to.  As told in the introduction, this recipe has a 75 year history in the author’s family.  That’s an endorsement that I’d take in a heartbeat!

Do you have any favorite thanksgiving recipes that make you break out the cast iron or dutch ovens?  Will you be trying any of these recipes this year?  We’d love to hear your reactions and reviews in the comments below!

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Beef Stew

October 19th, 2013 by ironcooker








Beef Stew outdoor recipe

Campfire cooking is always fun and very rewarding because there isn’t anything you can cook in your oven at home that you can not cook in a dutch oven over your campfire.
Beef Stew We have a couple favorites that we make on our camping trips and one we would like to share with you is this beef stew recipe with home made egg noodles.
Sometimes we top it off with dumplings made from a recipe printed on a box of Bisquick.  You will want to start out with a nice lean beef roast,
but before preparing the roast you will want to start making your home made egg noodles. I use this egg noodle recipe from – It is a very easy and simple recipe,
you will want to make it ahead of time and refrigerate your noodles until you are ready.
Of course the very first step is starting your campfire.  There are many choices for fire pits and that could be a whole other chapter. When your ready to set up your tripod and
Dutch Oven you will want to boil some water in it for your vegetables. Cut up an onion, half a dozen small potatoes and some carrots for your stew and put them in the boiling water.
cook them until they are just starting to get tender and remove them from the Dutch Oven.Dutch Oven & Tripod
then slowly drop your egg noodles into the boiling water – stir often to keep them from sticking. remove your oven from the fire – drain & rinse the noodles
Now you are ready for your beef roast, put a little oil in your oven & heat it up then sear your roast on all sides,  add just a little water but be very careful,
put the lid on and let it cook until its good and tender, then add the vegetables – egg noodles spices of your choice & enough water to cover everything.
The rest is a matter of letting it simmer on the campfire until you can no longer stand the temptation.


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Dutch Oven Soda Bread

March 8th, 2013 by ironcooker

Dutch Oven Soda Bread - Featured Image
Just in time for your St. Patrick’s day festivities, enjoy a Dutch Oven Soda Bread!

Soda bread is quick-rising bread often made with baking soda, which sets it apart from the more common yeast-rising bread.  Traditional soda bread is made with flour, bread soda, salt, and buttermilk.  The lactic acid reacts with the alkaline soda, and little bubbles full of carbon dioxide form in the dough.  It’s a sort of synthetic edible, made by and for people who were hungry and had no time to waste.

An Irish Tradition

Dutch Oven Soda Bread CompleteThere are many takes on soda bread in Ireland.  One method avoids gluten and embraces a more delicate texture.  For that, cake or pastry flour is used instead of bread pastry to keep the glutens in check, and some recipes will go with a live yogurt—or even a stout beer—instead of buttermilk to react with the soda.  It takes only the tiniest bit of mixing—kneading the dough is out of the question.

In Ulster, wholemeal flour gets used, and the locals distinguish between a savory variety and a sweetened variety, called wheaten bread.  This recipe gets duplicated in southern Ireland as well and called “brown soda.”

Another method is to form it into farls, made by rolling out bread dough and folding it in on itself twice.  These are also called “griddle cakes”, “griddle bread”, or “soda farls”.  These are cooked on the griddle or a flatter shape and split into four sections.

Your Dutch Over Version

What have we learned?  That soda bread comes in all shapes, sizes, and compositions—but it’s got to be flour leavened with soda and some kind of acid.  Let’s see how we can do!

Dutch Oven Soda Bread - Ingredients

  • 4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt

Dutch Oven Soda Bread - Instructions

  1. Preheat Cast Iron 4-Quart Round Dutch Oven to 375 degrees.  You can do that by setting about a dozen coals on top and putting another 7 underneath the pot.
  2. Pour your milk into a small bowl and mix in the vinegar then set the mixture aside.
  3. In another large bowl, mix all of the remaining ingredients together.
  4. Pour the milk mixture into large bowl and combine it all until it’s thoroughly moistened.  The mixture should have a doughy consistency.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured board, and knead it for 10 minutes until smooth.
  6. Form into a 9-inch round loaf and put it in your dutch oven.
  7. Score a large cross across the top, penetrating the dough by about ¼ of an inch.
  8. Bake for 1 hour, or until the bread is brown.  If you tap the crust, you should get a hollow sound.

Did you like this recipe?  Are you looking for more great recipes for St. Patrick’s day?  Check out our Recipe Slam going on over at the Ironcooker Facebook pageAnd don’t forget to comment if you’ve tried this festive recipe!

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Dutch Oven Roast Beef

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Easy Dutch Oven Bread

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Dutch Oven Bread

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes: The Cast Iron/Dutch Oven Collection

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Beef Stew

Saturday October 19th, 2013 in Dutch Oven Recipes | 1 Comment »

Dutch Oven Soda Bread

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