December 24th, 2014 by ironcooker
One of our Favorite Dutch Oven recipe is made with new redskin potatoes
3 pounds fresh green beans
1/4 pound salt pork, sliced
1/4 cup bacon grease
2 cups chicken broth, plus more if needed
2 to 3 teaspoons House Seasoning, recipe follows
12 small red potatoes
1 onion, cut into slivers
1/2 stick unsalted butter, sliced
Ground black pepper
Remove the ends from the beans. Snap the beans in 2 pieces, place into a colander, wash, and set aside to drain.
Meanwhile, in a large cast iron Dutch oven, lightly brown the salt pork in the bacon grease over medium heat, turning often, for approximately 10 minutes. Toss the green beans into the pot, stirring them with a wooden spoon to coat well with the pork fat. Add the broth and House Seasoning. Cook over medium-low heat, covered tightly, for approximately 30 minutes, or until the beans are half done.
While the beans are cooking, peel a center strip from each new potato with a potato peeler. At the end of 30 minutes, add the potatoes and onion to the beans; add 1/4 cup more broth, if needed. Cook, covered tightly, until the potatoes are tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes, periodically checking the pot to make sure a small amount of liquid remains. When the potatoes are tender, tilt the lid slightly, off to the side of the pot, and continue to cook until the green beans are wilted, approximately 15 minutes. While cooking, add the butter and season with pepper.
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
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December 7th, 2014 by ironcooker
Dutch Oven Cooking
Many cooks have one or another Dutch Oven or kettle that they like more than others
My personal favorite is something that I would have to make a choice over several items, and choose what was being cooked in it.
There is many styles and shapes to choose from that depends on what you are doing with it.
Some people prefer black cast iron and others like enamel coated with its many different colors to choose from.
A lot people think theirs is the best style or brand there is, and are first in line to tell you that yours is not as good as what they have.
Do not believe a word of it, because if you had a good time at your camp site or preparing a meal for your family that is what counts.
You can find new cast iron Dutch ovens at several locations or watch flea markets & auctions for used items.
I personally use both. I collect old cast Iron and use a lot of newer items too.
When you are shopping for a Dutch oven ask yourself what am I going to be doing with it.
1) Am I going to hang it from a tripod
2) Will I be using it in my oven
3) Am I going to be using it with charcoal or cooking on stove top.
4) what size do I need
5) Do I want enamel coated or black cast iron
Most of this is personal preference, The main thing is to have fun using your new Dutch oven.
We hope to hear from every one of you and see pictures of your cooking experiences.
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December 4th, 2014 by ironcooker
The Travelling skillet has made another stop.
This time it is in Michigan at Joshua Clarks where it has made grilled cheese
& some great looking banana bread. I would like to share what Josh had to say about this in his own words.
The skillet did a wonderful job on this banana bread I did today. As you can see it fell right out, no mess!
Now the skillet is heading to Kristina Dickey, where it will be cooking something different for us all to see.
If any of you have any comments please write them below here in the comments section. We would really like to hear from you.
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