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15 Recipes You Can Cook in a Dutch Oven While Camping

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If you're loading up a pack and planning a trek up a mountain or into the depths of the woods, you probably won't be lugging a heavy Dutch oven with you. But if you're doing the sort of camping where you're carrying an ice chest with you, too (you're driving to a campsite, let's say), there's a whole world of things, like biscuits and stews and braises and cobblers, that you can plan on cooking and eating in the great outdoors.

Pre-measuring and combining as many ingredients as you can (all of the dry ingredients in a bread recipe, for example) will streamline the process and cut down on the number of individual components you need to pack. You'll have to prioritize, too: Any meats or seafood should be used quickly, regardless of how much ice you have in your cooler. When it comes time to cook, here's a handy guide for getting your Dutch oven to the right temperature over the fire.

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Here are 15 of our favorite Dutch oven-cooked (and relatively camping-friendly, i.e. without too many ingredients) recipes:

Cast-Iron Skillet Cornbread
Cast-Iron Skillet Cornbread
Sambal Oelek Roasted Chicken
Sambal Oelek Roasted Chicken
Peperonata (Red Pepper Stew)
Peperonata (Red Pepper Stew)
Baked Beans

Baked Beans by Merrill Stubbs

Yogurt Bread with Molasses

Yogurt Bread with Molasses by Marian Bull

Smoky Clams for Two
Smoky Clams for Two
King Arthur Flour's Never-Fail Biscuits
King Arthur Flour's Never-Fail Biscuits
How to Make Baked Apples Without a Recipe
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How to Make Baked Apples Without a Recipe
Slightly Smoky Mixed-Bean Chili
Slightly Smoky Mixed-Bean Chili
IPA-Battered Fish and Chips

IPA-Battered Fish and Chips by tideandthyme

Blueberry Schlumpf

Blueberry Schlumpf by Marian Bull

Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans
Roasted Sausage, Chard, and Cannellini Beans
Tuscan Summer Vegetable Stew (Gurguglione di Elba)
Tuscan Summer Vegetable Stew (Gurguglione di Elba)
No Knead Country Loaf
No Knead Country Loaf
"Cuppa Cuppa Sticka" Peach and Blueberry Cobbler
"Cuppa Cuppa Sticka" Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

What's your favorite thing to cook while camping? (What's the most ambitious thing you've ever made at your campsite?) Tell us in the comments!

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