Dutch oven recipe Pork & Porter Stew served with potato pancakes.
Finally had a day to myself so headed down to the marsh to do some open fire cooking using my Dutch Oven.
Since my Frontier Stove is being serviced it was time to do some open fire cooking. I had also a new video camera to try so thought i’d make a day by filming some cooking, review some new trouser I had delivered from Revolution Race, show how I look after my boots and make some more char cloth.
There was a draw back, I took all the footage but there was an issue whilst editing the footage as iMovie didn’t like the 4k 60FPS footage and it was flickering a lot. I had used my iPhone so had some footage left but only enough to show how I cooked the stew.
So this recipe is my own recipe loosely based on a Polish Dish.
2 x Pork steaks
1 x large potato
2 x carrots
1 x bottle of porter or stout
A little water
Chop the pork steaks into cubes, put back into bag and add 2 spoons of flour and shake the bag.
Cut onion and carrots
Place dutch oven onto coals and allow to heat (gentle heat).
Add meat and onions and allow to brown.
Once meat is brown add in the bottle of porter, paprika and carrots.
Stir regularly over allow heat for about 20 mins (add a little water if beer reduces too much.
Pancake: Open your bag of potato and onion and add 3 large spoons of plain flour, salt and pepper and a little water.
Hold top of bag and knead mix together (it should be the consistency of porridge).
Invert the Dutch Oven lid onto coals, add a little lard, allow to heat the squeeze out mixture and pat flat using spoon onto the lid of the oven.
Allow to cook for about 10 – 15 mins until golden brown turning often.
I always say try to fit work around your life and not the other way around and with me working a shift pattern which is different to friends that enjoy the same mentality towards life and same interests it is rare that we get the time to catch up and head out for a micro adventure.
This night was one of those rare occasions when the planets where inline and we could do a Micro adventure wild camping on a beach.
So a late start we got the beach around 19:00 with a few dog walkers still about we assessed the area to find there was a bit of ground swell and the tide had been nearly up to the cliff so sleeping on the beach was a no go.
A little while later we had found a space within the bracken that we could setup our tents and get stuck into our micro adventure wild camping on a beach.
Micro adventure wild camping on a beach
Camping on the cliff
I had planned to hammock camp but brought a sleep mat on the off chance I would be able to hang so used my 3×3 tarp to make a shelter to sleep in.
This setup is really versatile but does leave the opening at the front open to the weather.
I had thought about this the other day and quickly had a go at developing a door using my poncho which worked really well so I am happy to use this setup whilst walking the lakes later in the year.
I thought I would take this opportunity to try a product I was sent from a company in Sweden called Sjö och Hav that produces eco friendly products such as mosquito repellent, soaps and shampoos that are perfect for use in an outdoor environment actually in any environment as they are all biodegradable.
I’ve had a Dutch oven in my kit room for about 10 years now and dabbled in cooking with it quite a few times.
What a versatile piece of kit the only issue with it is the weight. It’s not the sort of thing you throw in your backpack and carry on a thruhike, it’s the sort of kit that you take with you in a car where you don’t have to worry about walking with it and can take out of the car to your camp.
There’s many Different types but the one most versatile for camp cooking is the three legged Dutch oven.
A camp oven sits on three stubby legs over hot coals or briquettes. It usually comes with a flanged lid (formed with a lip on the outer edge) to keep ash or coals out of the food when the lid is lifted.
Simple as it sounds, a camp oven is a wonderfully versatile piece of equipment. Use it as a pot or sauté pan. Flip the lid over and use it as a griddle.
Or place the food inside the oven and fit the lid tightly over the top controlling the temperature by regulating the amount of embers on the lid.
One of my favourite things to cook in a Dutch oven is a joint of lamb.
There’s many different ways to cook it some people wrap the meat in foil to save the arduous cleaning of the oven but I prefer resting the meat on sliced potatoes and if the oven is really charred inside put it on a high heat to burn any residue of welded to the oven.
Also if the outside of your meat is burning the embers are to hot.
Let’s talk about the lid. The lid is what turns this pot into a oven but also flip the lid over and stick it in your coals and you have a perfect skillet for frying Bannock, cooking breakfast or frying fish.
I recommend adding a Dutch oven to your kit and search some recipes. There’s many books available on Amazon about Dutch oven cooking.
Try a roast chicken then use the Dutch oven to boils down a broth with the carcass and make a great chicken stew with dumplings this is my children’s favourite known as camping stew!
Can’t remember where I saw these stoves advertised I think it was on the bushcraft uk forum but I thought ‘got to have me one of those’.
At the time they where retailing at about £80 and with some Christmas money a week later there was a cardboard box at my front door.
First meal on the frontier stove was a pork joint given by a local farmer that was slowly cooked all day in a local orange wheat beer by Greenjack Brewery.
I roughly cut vegetables and put them in the Dutch oven for the last 2 hours and I must say it was fantastic.
I really enjoy using the frontier stove with a Dutch oven as the heat can be controlled and coals can be placed on top to heat the food inside from above as well.
There’s nothing like slow cooked lamb in a Dutch oven served with couscous or veg.
The added advantage to the frontier stove is the lots of different add ins you can get for it like a flashing kit to install into tent / shed, spark arrestor or the water jacket.
Now when I brought the water jacket it was around £80 so quite expensive but I must say what a great bit of kit.
Basically the water jacket is stainless steel that fits and clips around the flue so you can heat water then once it’s boiled you can turn the jacket to the back of the stove so it frees up cooking space and keeps the water hot by using the wastes heat which is radiated to the flue.
Great bit of kit as you always have hot water.
There is a great little add on which is the metal rod on the side of the stove which is brilliant for drying clothes or tea towels.
So many times people have stopped and commented on this stove. We where stopped once and the photos where put in a camping magazine.