LASAGNA (8 inch Dutch Oven batch)


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LASAGNA (8 inch Dutch Oven batch)
While this recipe was created for Zucchini, you can easily substitute with regular lasagna noodles. I pre-cook normal lasagna noodles, then proceed with the same recipe. Various cheeses can be mixed or matched based on your preference or availability. The quantity is ample for about 4-6 people. Serve with a salad and garlic toast.

Recipe and Photo: Courtesy R Beach
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Lasagna, Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Lasagna, Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Slice Zucchini thin lengthwise. Lay out on paper towels while preparing other ingredients. This will absorb some of the liquid the zucchini would otherwise generate while baking.
  2. Saute: Ground Turkey, Dried Cilantro flakes, 3/4 Sweet Onion diced, plus Salt & Pepper to taste.
  3. In a separate bowl Whisk the following: Fire roasted diced tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Garlic, Italian Seasoning, Marjoram, Salt & Pepper to taste.
  4. Coarsely Chop & Mix together: 3 cups Loosely packed chopped fresh spinach leaves, and the chopped basil leaves.
  5. Layer in a well greased 8 inch Dutch Oven
  6. A little Sauce mixture
  7. A layer of sliced zucchini/or noodles
  8. A layer of the Sauteed Meat mixture
  9. A layer of Small curd Cottage Cheese
  10. A layer of shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  11. A layer of the chopped Spinach and Basil
  12. Repeat the layers
  13. End by spreading any remaining sauce on top. Then some shredded Mozzarella Cheese.
  14. At this point the 8 inch Dutch Oven will be heaped slightly but will cook down as the spinach wilts. A 10 inch Dutch Oven will work too.
  15. In your kitchen, using zucchini, oven bake uncovered @ 375°F for 90 minutes (Uncovered to evaporate the liquid due to the water in the zucchini)

    Using zucchini in camp with Charcoal, bake 90 minutes covered. To get the evaporation required, when baking with charcoal slightly elevate the lid with spoon handles, (regular thin handled eating spoons) to make a slight gap….or some similar method.

    If using regular pre-cooked pasta noodles (Kitchen Oven) reduce the cook time. Bake covered 30 minutes, then uncovered an additional 30 minutes.

    If using regular pre-cooked pasta noodles (Camp Dutch Oven & Charcoal) Bake covered 60 minutes, and Do Not use any air gap technique between the pot & lid.
  16. Cook on something covered with foil since a full pot tends to ooze some of the ingredients until it cooks down a bit.
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CHARCOAL OUT THE EARS

A donation to TheDutchOvenCook.com today.  (A big Thank You to Ed McCormick of Las Vegas)

This came short notice….the way things like this often do.   In hindsight had I had more time to think about this, and known some of my contacts would not be as interested as I had hoped.  I may have passed.

The timing was good for me to do the pick-up.  It was an adventure none the less.

We shuttled broken and torn bags of charcoal, from the back of a semi-trailer for a good two hours.

Moving all the charcoal onto my (Tri-axle) dump trailer. Pallet after pallet of boxed up ripped bags.  Each pallet and cardboard container was wrapped in shipping shrink plastic. There was two layers of pallets so the cardboard containers on the bottom were crushed.  (Thank you John/ with Ed) for helping dig through all of that and for slinging lots of charcoal.

Somewhere about a quarter of the way into the semi-trailer the bee’s showed up.   I took three hits.  Two Benadryl later I was back in there.  I hate those little buggers.  They left stingers so they were some kind of bee and not yellow jackets.   We never did figure out were we stirred them up.  We thought maybe they were under the trailer?

What do you do with several thousand pounds of charcoal?  That was an initial eye ball estimate.  After unloading much of it in buckets and garbage cans later in the day, I believe it may have been in excess of 4000lbs.

What started out as a gifting idea to supply 3 state parks we attend Dutch Oven Cook Off events at, with free charcoal. Turned into they either didn’t want any. Or they only want a mere couple hundred pounds.

I needed to get the majority of this off the trailer before I drive a load up to Cathedral Gorge State Park. Too much weight, and they didn’t want the volume I have anyway.

The Old Mormon Fort SP in Las Vegas took as much as they wanted.  We had hoped double or triple of what they took.  LOL

We put the word out to our Dutch Oven friends, FB Market Place and Craigslist. Thankfully enough people showed up at my house to get this down to a manageable load.  I think 3000 lbs or so was off loaded.  We stopped at 6:30pm and put the trailer to bed.  Thanks to all that toted some away!

The remainder of the charcoal I am hauling up to Cathedral Gorge SP next week (165 mile on way).  Perhaps tent camp a night while I am there to give this adventure an ending bright spot.

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OLD MORMON FORT Dutch Oven Cook-Off 2020

Las Vegas Nevada

March 28th, 2020

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

State Historic Park

Dutch Oven Cook-Off Rules

Saturday, March 28, 2020

ELIGIBILITY:   The contest is open to individuals or group cook/teams.  Anyone under the age of 16 entering individually must have a parent or guardian’s signature. 

ENTRY FEE:  $5 per team, cash only.  Fee waived with pre-registration. Participants are allowed unlimited dishes.  The entry fee will be used to help fund future cook-offs, demonstrations, and other interpretive park programs. Participants have until the start of the competition to enter.

PROCEDURE:  Entries fall under one of the three categories:

  • Main Course
  • Side Dish
  • Dessert

Entrants are responsible for providing all food items and supplies required for preparation of the entry.  Entrants are also responsible for cleanup of their immediate area after cooking.  Charcoal will not be provided. Participants may set up their own hot water stations if desired.

 All individuals and teams participating will be required to display a sign (no larger than 8-1/2” by 11”) that states the name of their dish.  If the dish is especially spicy or contains foods that many people are allergic to (such as peanuts) that information should also be included on the sign. 

All cooking must be done in a Dutch oven and everything must be cooked on-site (i.e. no pre-cooked items or ingredients may be used).  Participants are responsible for keeping refrigerated items cool prior to serving or mixing into the recipe. 

For public health reasons, pets will not be allowed in the cooking area during the cook-off.  Only those involved in preparing dishes will be allowed in the cooking area.  Participants must follow proper sanitary procedures when handling food and cleaning cutting boards, mixing bowls, and any other utensils used during the preparation of the dish.  Tasting of dishes (for adjusting of seasonings) should be done only with a disposable spoon.

SCHEDULE:   The event schedule will be as follows:

8:00am: Park opens, participants may enter and begin setting up.

12:30pm: Tasting and voting begins

1:00 – 1:30pm: Winners will be announced

4:30pm: Park closes.

AWARDS PROCESS: Awards will be given to the top three dishes in each of the three categories.  Award winners will be decided by a panel of three judges. Each category will also have a popular vote winner. Event attendees will have one vote to cast per dish category. 

While this is a competition, everyone’s goal should be to have fun and learn some new recipes and techniques!

Contact us using one of the following, to obtain an Entry Form. Entry forms may be submitted one of three ways:

Email: 

cfehner@parks.nv.gov

OldFort@parks.nv.vom

Mail:

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

500 E Washington Ave

Las Vegas, NV 89101

In Person at:

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

500 E Washington Ave

Las Vegas, NV 89101



Website  Old  Las Vegas Mormon Fort

 

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BLACKLOCK FOUNDRY (Lodge)

Introducing the Blacklock line from Lodge.  As a cast iron lover, user, and collector, new products always interest us.   We like a wide variety.

We recently stumbled into the Blacklock line.  As we spoke of it to others  in our circle of Dutch Oven Cooking friends.  We quickly realized many are as uninformed as we were.

Numerous collector and daily use cookware pieces we have are Lodge. Vintage as well as more modern.  Old school plus pre-seasoned.

To our knowledge the new Lodge line of Blacklock is a premium more lightweight piece of cookware.  Best of all it comes triple seasoned!

History wise, Lodge was the first to introduce factory seasoned cookware. Starting that back in 2002.   Now they are offering a triple seasoned product.

We hope that somewhere down the road, we have the opportunity to test out a some of the Blacklock line.  Then provide you with a candid and honest TheDutchOvenCook review.

For now Please visit Blacklock on the Lodge website for more information.

Lodge images used with permission courtesy of Lodge
Consider all images on this page as well as this site as ©Copyright
Written permission is required for any use of images or text

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SALMON Cedar Plank Grilled

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SALMON Cedar Plank Grilled

Recipe and Photo submitted by Rick Beach

Image ©2013 Rick Beach
This is a family favorite. Cedar "Planked" Salmon. Also see our favorite Sun Dried Tomato & Basil topping recipe.

Don't wait for summer to be over before you try this recipe. Though cedar is what we prefer, other species of wood are available. We use Cedar specifically sold for cooking on. We find ours at Home Depot in the BBQ area. While some cooks write you can reuse the boards, we never-ever do. In some places the planks are only available seasonally. Don't try native wood or wood that may have been exposed to chemicals. It's worth the price to pay to get what is specifically made for this.

This recipe takes advanced prep. The planks need soaked in water for a minimum of 1 hour. I often times soak them for 3+ hours or overnight. Use a rectangular glass casserole dish and fill high enough with water to completely submerge the planks. Fill a large glass or glass measuring cup with water. Place the filled glass or glasses on top of the planks to weigh them down enough to stay submerged.

I use a 3 burner BBQ grill with a lid. These can be done on any BBQ grill, charcoal grill, or a campfire bed of coals as long as you can cover them to retain the heat and cook at a temperature around 375°. The whole concept is you need to try it and get used to your own cooking method.

With the 3 burner arrangement I turn on all burners to high to pre-heat. Then I turn the center to low and the 2 ends to medium high. My under the lid temps range from 350° to 400°

The soaked planks with the Salmon are placed over the center (lower heat). It is common for the planks to smoke and even burn around the edge some. I keep a spray bottle of water handy and check at 10 minutes, and 15 minutes. I spray soak the edges that might catch fire. Keep the spray water off the fillets. (My total grilling time on my grill is perfect at 20 minutes)

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American

Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes

Servings
Servings


Ingredients

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American

Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes

Servings
Servings


Ingredients


Instructions
  1. Make cross cut knife cuts about 1/4 the way through the filets, cutting the slice at 45°

  2. Place the fillet in a flat glass dish. Mix all the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl (Holding the lemon slices in reserve to grill). Pour half the mixture on the fillet and rub it into the cut marks. Get some of the garlic and dill into those cuts. Then pour the remaining mixture over the fillet and gently lift the fillet to allow the bottom to get coated with the Olive oil mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and Marinate in the fridge a minimum of 1 hour.

  3. Preheat your grill as previously mentioned.

  4. Place the marinated Fillet on the water soaked Cedar planks. Place the planks in the center of the grill and cover. At 10 minutes, check and spray soak any part of the plank that may have flared up. Check again at 15. At the total of 15 minutes your fillet may be done. Mine takes 20 minutes. Don't forget to start grilling your lemon slices about 5 minutes before done time. Flip the lemon slices once to get grill marks on both sides.

  5. Those with a cooler grill may take longer. Don't overcook! There should be juice that starts bubbling out the top of the fillet. When that juice turns white (meaning the top heat cooked the juice bubbling out) the fillet is normally cooked to perfection. But again...you may have to try this once for yourself before attempting to impress your friends. Know your grill. They will remember the taste and ask you when you will be doing this one again!

  6. The last 5 minutes of cook time brush the lemon slices with olive oil. Place on hot grill to get good grill marks. Serve as a garnish with the final grilled salmon

  7. Optionally Top with our favorite Sun Dried Tomato and Basil topping.

  8. Send us some pictures of yours, or let us know how you like this recipe! Thanks and happy grilling!


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How Many Coals Should I use?

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This is perhaps one of the most common of the questions asked by people that are new to Dutch Oven Cooking.

While there are endless methods.  Why not use the old fashioned brain?  It goes well with old fashioned cast iron cooking.

Please hop on over to more of the details of heat management and a couple of the most popular ways of judging how many coals you need to properly cook or bake.

How Many Coals Should I use?  Plus the science behind heat management.

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