Good food brings out boys and Boy Scout Leaders to what many claim is an annual tradition that has gone on over twelve years (still trying to nail down when it started.)
June 14th at 7:15pm at the Highland Heritage Park was the annual Dutch Oven Roundtable for the Alpine District.
Five stakes brought three different Dutch Oven dishes to sample and over seventy leaders came to sample the fare and go home with recipes and a full stomach.
Highland West Stake brought Fresco Taco Soup, Sugar Bacon Cheatin’Chili, and Caramel Pudding Cake.
Another stake brought Pepper Chicken Chettinad, Baked Beans, and Yams, Apples, and Potatoes (a favorite of the night)
Larry Walker, a published author on three books about Dutch Oven Cooking, shared his BBQ Ribs and Coke Cake and demonstrated cooking on a Camp Chef when you can’t use charcoal (like all over Utah right now). His site is http://www.MyDutchOven.com.
Sugar Bacon Cheatin’ Chili (award winning)
1 gallon Cattle Drive Gold Chili from Costco
1 cup bacon bit crumbles
1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar (to taste)
12 inch Dutch Oven
Run late to any Dutch oven event… with your head held high. Discretely dump the chili, bacon, and brown sugar into Dutch Oven. Throw away the can without being caught. Simmer using bottom heat for about 30 minutes or until chili is hot. Serve with a smile. This recipe, invented in the 23rd Ward by a joyful scouter, was the preferred chili over a dozen made from scratch by ladies of the ward with mad shills. Shhhhhhhhhh!
Alpine North Stake’s John Heiner brought his fancy new multilayer Dutch Oven that allowed for three meatloaf tins with a selection of tasty vegetables underneath. You can’t forget the ketchup though.
Sharlene Skidmore brought a box oven she made many years ago by lining inside and out with tin foil, a duct-taped window made from a browning bag for a turkey, and shelves made from hangers.
By using two pie tins inverted and on top of each other and 10-12 briquettes she has an oven that bakes at 350 degrees.
She demonstrated baking a dozen chocolate chip cookies which disappeared very fast. She has baked muffins, cakes, rolls, etc. And the whole thing folds up thin and packs away easily.
Justin Allen demonstrates another use of tin foil, to avoid time consuming cleanup you line the entire Dutch Oven. You don’t get quite the same taste that Dutch Ovens are famous for, but you definitely save time at the back end of a meal.