14 July 2011

Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese

We like to make really simple meals on our first day of camping, I mean, there is already enough to do with putting up the tent etc. This last trip we made our inaugural dinner Mac and Cheese, Spud's all time favourite meal. Their are 2 keys to making this recipe dead easy for the campsite: one is to boil the pasta at home and bring it in a zip lock and two is to choose creamy cheeses that make a sauce naturally without having to make a roux before you even get started.

4 C. macaroni, pre-cooked
3/4 – 1 C. milk
6 T. butter
1 C. cream cheese
1 C. Cheddar, shredded
1 C. fresh mozzarella
s + p

Put 10 – 12 burning briquettes under the dutch oven. Melt the butter. Add the cheeses and stir as they melt and incorporate. Add milk to get the right creamy texture. Add macaroni. Cover. Cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

Now to take full advantage of the "oven" part of the dutch oven, one could make a topping or crust of bread crumbs or crushed potato chips and add 8 or so coals to the lid to brown the top. You might have to give it longer than 10 minutes too. This idea just may be slated for day one of our next camping trip.


Mary said...

How many servings does this make?

Jackie said...

Oh dear. That's a fine question. It would depend on if it was the main deal or a side dish, I suppose. I think, in the end, it's around 5 cups of mac and cheese so if each person was happy with one cup, then it would serve about 5. Hope that helps.
: )

Anonymous said...

I was just about to add some rounds of hot Italian sausage on top to be heated through and if the kids don't do spicy then any of the dozens of other varieties could flesh it out into a main.
Cooking and eating outdoors
is so Canadian.
Do you have a favorite drink to go with this.

Jackie said...

Sausage? Good one. I think I would use a cured version and then put them on top so they brown a little. As for a beverage ... nothing more Canadian than beer! Oh, were you talking about the kiddies? Hee. I'll have to think about that.

: )

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