Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dutch Oven - Upside Down PineOrange Cake


Using mandarin oranges instead of maraschino cherries adds a fresh new spin on this classic recipe. Be careful, this cake is good. You might just eat it all.

10" Dutch oven
350 Degrees
Baking
30 Minutes
6 - 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • White cake mix
  • 1 can pineapple rings
  • 1 can mandarin oranges
  • 2 eggs
  • Oil

Mix cake mix according to package directions, except using 2 eggs. Lay pineapple rings in bottom of 10" Dutch oven, put the oranges in the holes left by the pineapple. Add cake mix on top and bake for 30 minutes until cake passes the toothpick test. Let the cake cool a little then invert onto a plate.

5 Stars

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Instructable - Dutch Oven Ham Hock & Bean Soup


Today was a big day. We literally created a feast. Instructables.com is running a few cooking contests, so I entered them both, the bread contest, and the soup contest. The cooking took about 3 hours, and as I write this I am exhausted. Besides the bread, we cooked ham hock soup and made a pineapple upside down cake. It was my best cake ever.

Check out the instructable here.

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Instructable - Dutch Oven Oat Bread


Over on Instructables.com, I submitted my signature bread recipe in the Bread contest. Don't forget and head back over there after January 30 and vote for my recipes!

Check out the instructable here.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dutch Oven - Spiral Glazed Ham


Spiral ham is so good, even vegetarians like it. This simple recipe is sure to please everyone. Since the ham is precooked, you just need to warm it up. A ham like this is such a "giving food"; save the bone and make soup, and you'll also have ham sandwiches for a week!

12" Dutch oven
325 Degrees
Baking
105 Minutes
8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 10 lb spiral ham
  • Included glaze packet 0r glaze below
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
Place ham in 12" Dutch oven, which may require some surgery. Sprinkle cloves and sage on top. Bake at 325 degrees for 90 minutes until internal temperature registers at 160 - 180 degrees. Drizzle glaze on top, add more heat to top of lid and cook for 15 minutes longer.

Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
Mix glaze together and warm over low to medium heat. Drizzle on ham and bake in 15 minutes.

5 Stars

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Grill - Bacon Wrapped Poppers


The jalapeno is named after the town Xalapa, Veracruz, where the pepper was traditionally grown. It is known by several different names in Mexico, including cuaresmeƱos, huachinangos and chiles gordos. These tapas are sure to please everyone! By cooking the jalapenos, you release a lot of the capsaicin inside the peppers. Coupled with the cream cheese and bacon, this popper is calmer than most spicy foods. Still, you may get a surprise!

Recipe:
Grill
Medium Heat
Smoking
20 minutes
8-10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 20 large jalapeno peppers
  • 2 packages cream cheese
  • 16 oz bacon
Cut bacon in half. Cut tops off jalapenos and de-seed. Ensuring all seeds are gone will calm the heat level greatly. Stuff with cream cheese, wrap in bacon and impale on skewers. Add 1-2 handfuls of smoking wood chips to the charcoal. Grill for 20 minutes, turning frequently. The bacon should be cooked thoroughly. Serve with ranch dip.

5 Stars

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

2011 Housekeeping

Last year I made New Year's resolutions, and did about half of them. This year, I'm going to keep it simple. However, I feel that here on the Back Porch Gourmet, I did the readers a disservice by using the excuse that I don't cook with recipes and therefore didn't post quantities. I had a commenter over the summer expressed interest in cooking one of my dishes, and he wished I had posted quantities. I still am not going to post coal counts. I believe coal counting is the least reliable method of heat control. (For more heat control discussion see our post here, or buy our book here.) I am going to post temperatures, and I am going to have to guess a little. So if you try a recipe in your home oven and it burns or is still raw, please leave a comment on the post so we can all learn together!

I also noticed myself starting a lot of posts like "tonight we had so and so over and..." although its nice to see who our guests were, I think I will put more story into cooking, and maybe even do some research about the food I'm cooking. That may lead to less posting, or just a recipe, but if that's alright with everybody, I want to make it easier to roll the posts directly into a book.

I'm also open to guest posts. If you have a dutch oven topic you want to write about, email transcripts to backporchgourmet at gmail dot com.

I'm not going to change everything we do here at the Back Porch Gourmet, but a few minor tweaks I think will make it a better experience. If you see something you like, comment or rate, and don't forget to tell your friends about our site!

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Dutch Oven - Baked Farfalle Alfredo


Everybody loves a good Alfredo. This baked version uses Farfalle pasta with garlic and onions. Balancing these strong flavors is the hint of bacon sauteed with chicken breast. Farfalle means "Butterfly" in Italian. You won't have butterflies in your stomach with this low stress meal. The nice thing about baked pasta, is you don't have to dirty more than one Dutch oven!

12" Dutch Oven
350 Degrees
Roasting/Baking
60 minutes
6-8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 side bacon, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large chicken breast, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 packets Alfredo sauce mix
  • 12 oz package bowtie (farfalle) pasta
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup colby jack cheese
Brown bacon in 12" Dutch oven. Add garlic, onions and chicken. Cook until all meat is fully cooked. Add pasta, milk and Alfredo sauce mix, stir until blended. Add water, parmesan cheese and salt & pepper. Stir ensuring all pasta are covered in liquid. Cover and add top coals and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top and bake until melted.

4 Stars

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