Whether you're reminiscing on camp trips long past, hunting expeditions or even a backyard cookout, one bite of Dutch oven cheesy potatoes is sure to bring back good and tasty memories.
Ooey-gooey cheesy goodness paired with the salty crunch of bacon makes Dutch oven cheesy potatoes a fan favorite for any outdoor adventure. Break out the dutch oven and make this easy, cheesy recipe your very own.
- 12” Dutch Oven
- 1 lb Bacon
- 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
- 1 lb or more Medium Cheddar Cheese, grated or cut into small cubes
- 3 lbs Russet Potatoes, cut into bite sized squares
- 2 tablespoons Butter (optional)
- Salt & Pepper or your favorite seasoning
1. Preheat the Dutch Oven Over Charcoal or a Camp Stove
When cooking with charcoal, place charcoal around the bottom of the Dutch oven (approximately 10 briquettes) then cover the lid in the warm charcoal (approximately 14 briquettes). Be ready to adjust for wind and outside temperatures by adding coals as they burn down. Try to keep the briquettes near the outside edge to keep the bottom from burning.
2. Cook the Bacon
Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and fry in a dutch oven until crisp. Then add the sliced onion and cook with the bacon until the onion is slightly transparent.
3. Add the Potatoes
Add the sliced potatoes and stir the onions and bacon throughout. Season with salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning. Allow the potatoes to cook until softened (approximately 45 minutes), stirring occasionally to prevent the bottom from overcooking.
4. Say Cheese
Once the potatoes are cooked, remove the Dutch oven from bottom heat and stir in half of your grated or blocked cheese. Add the remaining half of the cheese to the top and put the lid on just long enough for the cheese to melt. If you prefer less cheese, add a little butter to help keep the potatoes moist.
5. Let’s Eat!
All that’s left is to serve and enjoy! If you like a little kick, try adding green chilies to this ooey-gooey dish.
Why Cook with Dutch Oven or Cast Iron Pans
Cooking with a Dutch oven or cast iron pan can make you feel nostalgic, but that’s not the only reason to love these versatile tools. Why should you consider cooking with a Dutch oven or cast iron pan? These timeless cooking vessels have remained popular throughout the years for more reasons than one.
1. Heat Retention
Dutch ovens and cast iron pans have unparalleled heat retention capabilities. This means that once they are heated, they distribute and hold heat evenly, ensuring that your food cooks to perfection. Whether you're simmering a delicious stew or crafting a ooey-gooey dish of cheesy potatoes, these reliable cooking tools guarantee consistent and delightful results.
Dutch ovens and cast iron pans are incredibly versatile. They seamlessly transition between different cooking methods, from stovetop and oven to the outdoor grill or even a campfire. You can sauté, braise, roast, bake or even fry using these multipurpose tools. Their ability to withstand high temperatures makes them perfect for both gentle simmering and high-heat searing.
These cooking vessels are also renowned for their durability. Crafted from high-quality iron, they are built to last a lifetime and beyond. Unlike their non-stick counterparts, Dutch ovens and cast iron pans can withstand the test of time, enduring countless cooking sessions without losing their integrity. With proper care and seasoning, they develop a natural, non-toxic coating that enhances their non-stick properties and adds flavor and character to your dishes.
4. Time-Honored Tradition
In addition to their practicality and longevity, cooking with dutch ovens and cast iron pans also provides a nostalgic experience. These timeless tools evoke a sense of tradition and heritage, connecting us to past generations. By using these classic tools, we embrace the culinary traditions of our ancestors while building memories of our own.
Lastly, cooking with a Dutch oven or cast iron pan is an eco-friendly choice. Unlike disposable or non-durable cookware, these vessels are designed to last, reducing the need for constant replacement. By investing in these sturdy and reliable cooking companions, you will always have the right tool for the job.
Whether you're an experienced chef or an aspiring outdoor cook, Dutch ovens and cast iron pans deserve a special place in your recipes. With their exceptional heat retention, versatility, durability and nostalgic charm, these cooking vessels are truly essential for anyone who values flavorful meals.
Seasoning Dutch Ovens & Cast Iron Pans
If you’ve ever cooked with a Dutch oven or cast iron pan chances are you’ve heard about “seasoning” those tools, but what does this mean? Even though it sounds like adding salt and pepper to your pan, “seasoning” refers to oil that is baked onto cast iron pans and dutch ovens.
When you season cast iron your cookware will take on that classic black patina that you expect from your pans and Dutch ovens. It also forms a natural, non-stick surface and helps prevent rusting. A well-seasoned dutch oven or cast iron pan might require a little extra attention, but these reliable tools will last generations with the proper care.
Like any cooking utensil, Dutch ovens and cast iron pans require proper care and maintenance to ensure their cooking capabilities. Caring for and maintaining your cast iron pans and Dutch ovens means properly cleaning and storing them.
When cleaning your dutch ovens and cast iron, make sure you are using the right tools. Rinse your pan or Dutch oven with a little warm water and use a stiff brush to remove any stuck-on food or residue. Use a chainmail scrubber to lightly scuff the cooking surface and interior walls and to remove any sticky residues.
It is also important to heat your Dutch oven or pan on a medium-low heat for five to six minutes to evaporate any moisture instead of towel drying. Add a very thin layer of oil to the cast iron before storing to help prevent rust and store in a safe place with a paper towel in the lid to wick away any moisture.
While these cook tools are durable, they can still be damaged. The best way to keep your cast iron in tip-top shape is by using it regularly so make sure you have plenty of tasty recipes to try!
Dutch Oven Delights Start at IFA
Gather around the campfire or fire up the pellet grill, it’s time to eat! Embrace the tradition and heritage of cooking with your trusty Dutch oven by adding a steaming plate of ooey-gooey Dutch oven cheesy potatoes to your next outdoor adventure.
Stop by your local IFA Country Store for the supplies and outdoor cooking equipment you need to complete this easy-cheesy dish.
Information for this article was provided by Dan Jensen, IFA Foods and Outdoor Cooking Category Manager, and Adam Fox, IFA Marketing Communications Creative Director.