Monday, October 31, 2011

Herb Biscuit Loaf

Here is another easy but tasty biscuit recipe.  Biscuits dipped in a buttery herb mixture and baked until golden brown.  It's tailor made for a dutch oven, don't you think?  This one calls for refrigerated biscuits, but feel free to make your own recipe and it turns out great. 

Herb Biscuit Loaf
10" dutch oven
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. dried minced onion
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4-1/2 tsp. caraway seeds
1/8 tsp garlic powder
2 (12 oz.) tubes refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

In a shallow bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients.  Dip the biscuits in butter mixture.  Fold in half and place in dutch oven.  Drizzle with remaining butter mixture.  Bake at 350° for 27-30 minutes or until golden brown. Use 1 1/2 rings on top and 1 ring on the bottom.  Serves 8-10

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Okay, I think I'm back.  After the most stressful 6 months of my life, I think I'm almost back to normal.  Things have slowed down, my blood pressure has come down from the stratosphere and I'm no longer in danger of having a stroke every time I hear a noise.  Its been one of THOSE kinds of years.  No.  No health problems, just the manure truck of life backed itself up to my door and left me to clean up the mess.  (Sorry, that was kind of gross.  Accurate, but gross nonetheless.)  Let's move on to more pleasant topics, like food!

This is my version of Ranes Carter's version of Nancy Rappleye's version of this soup (and really, my version is hardly different from Ranes version).  Nancy made this soup at the Camp Chef DOG in 2008.  Since then, Ranes has used it at several pot luck events.  I think it would be great to serve at DO demos.  Think Spring Convention.

Anyway, this is really delicious.  Its a nice cross between this Taco Soup and this Chicken Enchilada Soup I posted last year.  And its relatively healthy too, until you smother it with sour cream and guac.  :)  If you like it really spicy, just use a hot enchilada sauce!

Chicken Enchilada Soup
12" dutch oven

4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 1/2 pkgs. taco seasoning (or to taste)
2 cloves crushed garlic
2 cans tomato soup
2 (10 oz.) cans enchilada sauce (use your favorite red or green sauce)
2 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (15 oz.) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 (15 oz.) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 (15 oz.) cans whole kernel corn, drained
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped (I left this out)
Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning to taste (you can use any southwest seasoning you have on hand.)

Garnish with:
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Diced fresh tomatoes or Pico de Gallo
Corn chips or tortilla strips

Mix the chicken, taco seasoning and garlic in the bottom of a 12" dutch oven over a full spread of coals.  Cook until the garlic is fragrant.  Add the tomato soup, enchilada sauce, tomatoes, beans and corn and mix well.

In a bowl, combine the milk and sour cream.  Add to the pot and stir well.  Season with cilantro and Southwest seasoning.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat by removing some of the coals.  You want it to simmer for 15 minutes.  Serve with desired garnishes.  Serves 12-15.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Dutch Oven Challenge at Mark's Black Pot!

Mark (of Mark's Black Pot fame) has once again thrown down the gauntlet and invited all of us to join in his latest dutch oven challenge.  This will be a great way to get creative and stretch your culinary and black pot skills.

The rules are really simple.  Prepare a dish using the following ingredients:
  • Apples (in any form)
  • Oranges (in any form)
  • Any meat (Some kind of meat must be included)
  • Mint (in any form)
  • Any other ingredients and spices as you see fit.
Your recipe should be as original as possible.  Go to the Internet for ideas, if you want, but try to make the dish your own.

When completed, publish your finished dish, with pictures if possible, in the IDOS forums, or at your own blog or website.  Then go back to Mark's Black Pot and leave a comment with the link!

I'm going to make this my own version of Chopped (my favorite food network show).  I seriously have dreams about making up my own recipes, so count me in on this!

Lets all give Mark our support and get creative!  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.  I hope we have a good showing from Dutch Oven Madness readers!  I'm going to start some research and get cookin', so be watching for my contribution in the next week or so.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Now You Can Follow By E-mail!

I've added another new feature to Dutch Oven Madness!  Many of you have asked about receiving emails when  I post something new, and now you can.  Just enter your email address into the bar at the left and you'll never miss a post!  You'll only receive emails if I've posted something new, and there will never be any spam.  So hop on board!

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