Monday, July 14, 2014

Dutch Oven Curry Chicken and Fruit Cobbler

Going Camping with some friends this week. We will only be gone a couple days and we won't be far from home but it should be great fun.  We have plans to go hiking and play in the water and chill and of course eat. Here's what's on the menu:

    Dinner Pot Luck with other campers-I'm in charge of chili and cheese and some veggies
    Snacks-licorice and s'mores
    Breakfast-bagels and cream cheese, fruit
    Lunch- PBJ sandwiches, chips, oranges
    Dinner-Dutch oven Curry Chicken and rice, Salad, Dutch oven Fruit Cobbler, Aloha Drinks
    Snacks-Peanut M&M's, Fruzel
    Breakfast-bagels and cream cheese, fruit, aloha drinks

Chicken Curry

Before leaving for camping combine the following ingredients in a ziploc bag
3 cups rice
1/4 cup dried onion
1 tsp dried minced garlic
3 T dried parsley
2 T salt
1 tsp pepper
2 T curry powder
3 bay leaves

In a separate ziploc store 6 large frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts and place in cooler.

At camp about an hour before you want to eat place ingredients of both ziploc bags into 14" dutch oven. Add 6 cups water. Cover and place in fire or on top of 20 briquettes. Place 10 briquettes on top.

Fruit Cobbler

Before leaving for camping combine the following ingredients in a ziploc bag and mix together until crumbly:
5 1/2 cups flour
2 T baking powder
2 tsp salt
1 cup dry milk
1 cup shortening

In a separate ziploc combine 8 cups peaches, 1 cup sugar and 1 T cinnamon. Store in cooler.

At camp about an hour before you want to eat place fruit in dutch oven and bring to a boil over 28 hot briquettes. Add 3 cups of water to ziploc of dry ingredients and mush together until well combined. Squeeze out onto boiling fruit. Cover dutch oven and move 20 of the briquettes to the top of the dutch oven. Allow to bake for 20 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

****a note from after camping: 

It was really windy and when I opened the pot I discovered that my chicken was done but the rice was not. I think the wind blew the coals out too quickly? Anyways, fortunately we had a propane burner which we had brought to deep fry some Tako. We simply placed the dutch oven on top of the burner, with the lid off, boiled the whole thing for 15 minutes and it was perfect! The wind affected the cobbler recipe as well. The biscuit mixture on top wasn't cooked through when we opened it up. Just like the dinner we put the dutch oven on the propane burner to finish up the cobbler cooking. The top never got a golden brown but it was still tasty and more like a dumpling consistency of biscuit. Next time we will either use a fire or the propane stove from the beginning if we don't have a little culvert to hide the dutch oven and briquettes into.

Overall the reviews from the kids for both meals were great. They invited some of their friends to come over and try it, they ate seconds and thirds and we had nothing left over of either dish=success!

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