Dutch Ovens have been around for hundreds of years. You can bet that your great grandmother prepared many meals in a Dutch oven. Today, the Dutch oven is not used quite so much, it could be due to working mom’s and other high tech cooking devices that have come along but a Dutch oven can be a great piece of kitchen equipment. Dutch oven cooking is a lot easier than you ever thought.
When cooking meat in your Dutch oven, first you will always want to brown your meat. You can easily do this by adding a little oil or even bacon grease to the bottom of Dutch oven and placing your meat in it to brown. This will work great with any types of meat. Beef, Pork and Chicken will all brown nicely in your Dutch oven. After it’s browned so that your meat is appealing to the eye you can add your favorite seasonings and a little bit of water, place your Dutch Oven in your oven and let your meat cook at 350 degrees until your meat is thoroughly done.
Veggies also are great item when you are Dutch Oven Cooking. You may choose to add them to the meat that you are preparing in your Dutch oven. Perhaps you are cooking a roast in your Dutch oven, cut up your potatoes, onions and carrots and add them about 45 minutes before your roast is ready to come out. You can also add mushrooms, bell peppers or whatever you choose.
Dutch Ovens are also great for making homemade breads. You can easily make cornbread, biscuits and rolls in your Dutch oven. Follow your own bread recipe and after you have it mixed, place it in the Dutch oven after heating the Dutch oven in your own oven. Heating the Dutch oven first will allow your breads to break freely away when they are done. You will also want to adjust your heat for the last 10 minutes. If you are baking your bread at 350 degrees, for the last 10 minutes, raise your heat about 50 degrees and you can also butter the top of your bread. This will help your bread to brown on top beautifully.
If you’ve never used a Dutch oven before but you want to, you can start with an easy task like making Cowboy Beans. To make your Cowboy Beans, slightly brown 6 to 8 pieces of bacon and one pound of hamburger meat in your Dutch oven. Once the bacon and hamburger meat are lightly browned, add a medium cut up onion, a cup of cut up green onions, a can of Rotel tomatoes and a small bag of red beans and 2 quarts of water. Let this cook until your beans are tender. You will have to make sure that you monitor your water level in your beans you don’t want it to get low. Serve with a pot of rice and you are done.
You’ll love the ease of cooking in a Dutch oven, it’s a great way to prepare a big meal in one pot and there are so many things that you can prepare. The next time you plan to bake a chicken or a roast, use a Dutch oven and taste the difference that the Dutch oven can make for the taste of your foods.