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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    SLC Utah

    Default Doing some dutch

    So I recently started cooking some dutch oven dishes, I have a small collection of dutch ovens ranging from 10 - 14", with a few deep lid camp ovens.

    I also started to compete in a couple of dutch oven contests as well.

    Dutch oven contests have a limited time to cook 3 different dishes in, the dishes tend to be a dessert, a bread and a main course.

    The dessert is turned in first, the least amount of time to cook a dessert is around 3 hours, and the most around 5, the bread is turned in 30 - 45 minutes behind the dessert and the mains 30 - 45 behind the bread.

    Competition dutch oven is a fun family event, and from setting up to awards is 6 to 7 hours total, there are food judges and walking around judges, with the walking around judges they are checking for a clean, neat, food safety consciousness and awareness. The judges that get to eat, are often championship winning cooks, and you can gain extra points for difficulty and execution.

    The only limits are on the time you have to prep and cook your food, and on your imagination!

    This was my first competition cook, July 20th.

    Dessert Baked Alaska
    Bread Everything Challah Braided.
    Mains Stuffed Pork Belly on a Ratatouille Casserole

    My dessert is the center back row with the browned top.

    Center front still in the dutch.

    Left hand end, stuffed rolled pork belly on ratatouille casserole.

    The Baked Alaska failed due to the heat of the day, the whole thing slumped, tasted great, chocolate cake, strawberry ice cream and meringue topping.

    I would have liked a little more color on the pork too, but I ran out of time, another 20 - 30 minutes would have produced a better result.

    At the end of the long hot day, we had had a great time, I think my son will turn in to a good cook, and we are definitely going to cook in some more Dutch Oven cook offs.

    We learned some worthwhile lessons, and we're going to move forward from here! :wink:
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    St. Petersburg, Fl.


    Looks interesting and sounds like a good time.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Texas Hill country


    I gained 40 lbs reading this. That would be a good time.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Magnolia/Tomball Texas


    Awesome looking!!!!
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    San Jose, California, United States


    Always amazed at the awesome food that can be cooked in a dutch oven.Thanks for sharing .

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Carthage, MO


    Family, fun, and good food experiences is what it's all about. Thanks for sharing and I hope to see more from your dutch ovens.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Northern Illinois



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Pattison, TX


    Looks like great fun and dang tasty too!!
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