Another post in the series “Living with and Loving Cast Iron”
Are you new to Dutch ovens but excited to try one for your next camp out? The following recipe is so easy that I hesitate to even call it that. It is also not my own creation but rather a recipe that’s been circulating for years. This recipe is for the small 2-quart Dutch oven, but you can multiply it to use a bigger Dutch oven.
Begin by assembling ingredients:
1 small cornbread mix (I like Hodgson Mill’s whole grain mix when I use a mix instead of making from scratch)
butter or oil, eggs and buttermilk or milk to make the cornbread, according to the recipe
one or two cans of good chili (We use vegetarian chili, but you can use whatever you want.)
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
If you are using a camping Dutch oven outside, start your coals.
Begin by coating the Dutch oven lightly with oil. If you are camping and want easy clean-up, you can coat with oil and then line the Dutch oven with aluminum foil and then grease the aluminum foil too. Now open the can(s) of chili and pour it into the bottom of the Dutch oven. Sprinkle on the cheese. Now mix up the corn bread according to package directions and spread it on top of the chili and cheese. Take a knife and poke through the corn bread batter to the chili in several places. You want them to get to know each other, but don’t marry them.
Now place your Dutch oven on top of about 5 coals. Spread about 8 coals on top. Use more coals if you are using a larger Dutch oven. Every ten minutes or so, rotate your Dutch oven on the coals on the bottom and turn the lid (very carefully to avoid getting ash in the food!) on top. Check periodically to see if the cornbread is browning. After about 30 minutes, you’ll have an all-in-one meal for 2-4 people.
By the way, if you use powdered egg white and milk, you can keep the ingredients for this cornbread-chili-cheese bake on hand for months with no refrigeration.