Went on some backcountry tripping over the weekend. Did a dutch oven dinner.
The plan was a vegie enhanced chicken 'n' dumpling stew. The wind was blowing about 15mph with frequent gusts up in the 20s which complicates cooking on charcoal. I'm cooking in a 12" deep Kelty Ridgeway oven. It's one of my first pans and has some rough spots but it's seasoned like a champ. I prefer the 12" deep over the standard 12" for most anything I'll bake as it keeps the top coals farther away from the food evening out the heat.
I lit a full chimney of charcoal. Paper wouldn't do it in the wind. All the fire blew out the vent holes rather than burning up. So I ended up starting it over a standard Coleman 2 burner stove. This is more coals than you normally need for a 12" dutch oven but I wanted extra heat for a heavily loaded pan and to generate enough heat to replace what the wind was stealing.
Seasoned up some bone-in skin-on chicken thighs. Laid a solid layer of coals out on my DO table and put on the DO. Put in the chicken after a few minutes to brown and render fat. Browned up both sides mostly. Pan was good and hot even packed like that. I wish my home stove had that kind of heat output.
Time for the aromatic vegies. Leeks, celery, carrots. Saute a while. Add some garlic, poultry seasoning, salt and flour. Stir through to toast the flour a bit and even out any lumps. Then add about a quart of water.
Let that all simmer for 15-20 minutes.with the lid on to keep the dirt out. A dutch oven table is nice as you cook at a comfortable level without all the stooping over. Big enough for a couple of ovens, but I've got my lid rest over the on the left and my coal tongs peeking into the picture.
Add some milk and potatoes, thyme, a bit more S&P. And you always forget something when you go camping. I left my zip lock baggie of dumpling mix at home so I cheated with some tube biscuits from a grocery store along the way. Cover and cook for another 15 minutes.
Normally I get more even cooking than that. You can see where the wind was stealing heat all along the perimeter.
We ate most of that pot full. Wife and daughter opted for it cold for breakfast as well.
Saw some neat indian ruins not often visited. Found a pottery shard, corn cob and lots of lithic scatter all of which we left in place for the next visitors. The shard had been found before and placed out in the open on a tumbled wall rock so it was easy to see. I might post up some of those pix later. They're on the camera and I shot the food pix with my cell phone.
me eat it all the time
me eat it all the time