One of the staples of our family camp is the last night having a large family dinner of Dutch oven Potatoes and Dutch oven Chicken. It just wouldn't be camping without it! Of all dutch oven food, my family's recipe for Dutch oven potatoes is my absolute favorite, so this year I paid close attention as my brother was cooking them to find out how it was done! And I'm going to share the secrets with you!
As I said we cook enough Dutch oven potatoes for our entire family gathering which is usually for more than 30 people. We use two dutch ovens and 10 lbs of Idaho russet potatoes per dutch oven. So you can plan accordingly. I'll give you the instructions for one dutch oven and you can add or subtract amounts as needed for your gathering.
- 1-2 lbs Bacon
- 10 lbs Idaho Russet Potatoes (obviously is HAS to be Idaho Potatoes. haha!)
- 1-3 onions
- 1-2 cubes butter
- salt, pepper to taste
- Garlic powder/salt (optional)
- 1-2 lbs cheese
First step is to wash, peal and slice all the potatoes and onions. You want the potatoes into round slices all approximately the same size so they can cook evenly. You want the onions into small chopped pieces so they aren't very apparent, especially if you have kids, then they won't notice the onions in the mix.
Key step: Many people usually don't cook the bacon before hand, but merely lay the bacon into the dutch oven in strips, but this is one of the key reasons why so many people love my family's dutch oven potatoes the best. We always cook the bacon before hand. It helps the bacon to be a little more crisp and not soggy at all. It also cooks up the fat of the bacon so it isn't gooey and soggy in the potatoes but has a great texture and taste. After grilling the bacon, we then cut it up and add it and the bacon grease and a little oil into the seasoned dutch oven.
Then layer on the sliced potatoes and onions. Top with a stick of butter and season with pepper and salt and other seasonings of our choice. Place on the lid and start cooking.
You will want to check the potatoes approximately every 10 minutes to stir the potatoes and bacon so that they will cook evenly. This is also where if the potatoes start to look dry, you can add more butter if you prefer. It all depends on how "bad" you want the potatoes to be. "Bad" really means that they have more butter, thus they taste the best.
Once the potatoes are fully cooked (average time varies, but could be anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hr) then you sprinkle on the shredded cheese. You then replace the lid and let the cheese melt.
Once the cheese is melted it is finished and ready to be devoured! Sadly I didn't get a picture of it finished. Once it was time to eat, my mind was not thinking about pictures, it was thinking about chowing down! Haha! But you get the idea. It was delicious and everyone loved it.
The other secret, is that left over dutch oven potatoes make the best breakfast burritos the next morning! Scramble a few eggs with the left over potatoes, warm a tortilla and stuff! It's Camp feasting at it's finest!
Have you had dutch oven potatoes before?
How do you make dutch oven potatoes?
What's your Favorite dutch oven meal?