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Paleo Dutch Oven Cooking

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Created February 04, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Hey Grokers,

I recently got a Lodge cast iron combo cooker -- two skillets that combine to make a Dutch oven. Pretty sweet gig. I've used both the deep skillet (which makes the pot) and the shallow skillet (which inverted is the lid), and I am quite satisfied.

But I've not done a whole lot of specifically "Dutch oven" cooking. Sites I found are not very paleo friendly. So, does anyone have any thoughts on using a Dutch oven? Any ideas for more paleo cooking with one?

Thanks.

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4258 · February 05, 2012 at 1:07 AM

as always, Rich, many thanks. These give me some great ideas. I swear, from the money I save from buying more raw meats and cooking them myself, I'll earn back the cost of the cooker pretty soon.

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88 · February 04, 2012 at 11:07 PM

That sounds YUM!!

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88 · February 04, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Great PDF, makes me want to build a fire and cook something

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4258 · February 04, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Thanks, DN. I've been wanting to make a paleo chili for a while. This gives me some ideas!

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4258 · February 04, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I'm slowly convincing my mate to be as minimal as possible in our cookware. This is a great resource.

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1804 · February 04, 2012 at 8:01 PM

@Caleb, oh yes, i've made Paleo chili in a deep skillit with a lit a few times and it turned out wonderful! Here's one of my favorite recipes: http://heavymetalsc.com/paleo-chili-recipes/

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37187 · February 04, 2012 at 7:46 PM

@Caleb -- Bet you can.

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143 · February 04, 2012 at 7:08 PM

That's what we do. A dutch oven, charcoals, and whatever we want to cook. It makes for some very gourmet camp food!

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21405 · February 04, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yeah, that's going on the kindle. I have a camping trip coming up and this is a perfect reference, as I've convinced my wife to only let us pack skillets and no camp stoves.

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4258 · February 04, 2012 at 6:42 PM

true that. I'm wondering if I can adapt some of my dad's recipes...hmm.

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4258 · February 04, 2012 at 6:41 PM

seeing as I don't have a dutch oven proper, but rather a deep skillet with a lid (that according to the site I bought it from should act as a dutch oven) would these things like chili still work? Sounds tasty though.

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20519 · February 04, 2012 at 6:22 PM

You can transition any recipe to dutch oven. Just change out the ingredients to fit your needs. Lamb shanks, braised pork, pot roast, pulled pork, whole chickens, etc. I googlied "dutch oven recipes" and loads came back. Have fun! I have a Le Creuset d.u. and love it.

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143 · February 04, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Vegetables like cauliflower that are oven-roasted on open-face cast iron are super crispy and delicious. Slow-cooker/crock-pot recipes generally work well, curries, just about anything really. One of the great things about dutch ovens is the evenness of the heat inside. Whether it's meat or stewed vegetables, having both sides together in the oven typically makes for a really well-cooked meal. And if you want to use it outside, you can just use charcoal. There are coal-ratio and placement formulas to help you achieve a particular heat. Here's a PDF from the boy scouts that talks about it: http://troop72campspirit.org/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/dutch_oven.pdf

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88 · February 04, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Great PDF, makes me want to build a fire and cook something

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4258 · February 04, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I'm slowly convincing my mate to be as minimal as possible in our cookware. This is a great resource.

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143 · February 04, 2012 at 7:08 PM

That's what we do. A dutch oven, charcoals, and whatever we want to cook. It makes for some very gourmet camp food!

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21405 · February 04, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yeah, that's going on the kindle. I have a camping trip coming up and this is a perfect reference, as I've convinced my wife to only let us pack skillets and no camp stoves.

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4258 · February 05, 2012 at 1:07 AM

as always, Rich, many thanks. These give me some great ideas. I swear, from the money I save from buying more raw meats and cooking them myself, I'll earn back the cost of the cooker pretty soon.

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21405 · February 04, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Since last night and today were my carbup - I made a shepherd's pie in mine (5" tall #8 skillet).

Cooked in the skillet
- 2tbsp. bacon fat
- 2lbs of ground lamb
- 1 onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 leek
- 2 carrots
- 1/2cup minced parsley
- 1tsp nutmeg
- 1tsp coriander
- salt (I used 1tsp)
- pepper

After the meat was browned:
- 6oz can organic tomato paste
- 1/2 cup red wine (cab sauv iirc)

I then lidded the whole thing and stuck it in the oven at 350* for an hour.

Potatoes:
- 6 yukon golds, peeled and boiled in salted water until soft
- 1/2cup organic heavy whipping cream
- 1tbps kerrygold
- 1/2tsp salt

Mashed up the potatoes, removed the lidded skillet from the oven, and put the mashed on top. Textured the potatoes with a fork then put it under the broiler for just long enough to brown it slightly.

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88 · February 04, 2012 at 11:07 PM

That sounds YUM!!

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3217 · February 04, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Braising or stewing meats. Chili. Soup. Bone broth. I have two different sizes of enamel dutch ovens, and I adore them.

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4258 · February 04, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Thanks, DN. I've been wanting to make a paleo chili for a while. This gives me some ideas!

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1804 · February 04, 2012 at 8:01 PM

@Caleb, oh yes, i've made Paleo chili in a deep skillit with a lit a few times and it turned out wonderful! Here's one of my favorite recipes: http://heavymetalsc.com/paleo-chili-recipes/

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4258 · February 04, 2012 at 6:41 PM

seeing as I don't have a dutch oven proper, but rather a deep skillet with a lid (that according to the site I bought it from should act as a dutch oven) would these things like chili still work? Sounds tasty though.

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335 · February 04, 2012 at 6:18 PM

At camping events we would use one of those by digging a hole in the ground and filling it with charcoal, and slow cooking stuff all day that way, kind of like a pig roast. Also made sure to put charcoal on the lid as well. In that case, almost any crock pot recipes would work for you. Slow cooking meat all day makes it very tasty.

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37187 · February 04, 2012 at 7:46 PM

@Caleb -- Bet you can.

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4258 · February 04, 2012 at 6:42 PM

true that. I'm wondering if I can adapt some of my dad's recipes...hmm.

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