Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cabbage, Sausage and Apple Soup

I will admit, this is not my recipe. I normally cook a recipe once and then as many times as needed to boost it up and make it mine. I found this in a check stand magazine from 1995. It is not only a good soup but a good camp soup.

3 Tablespoons butter
3 cups prepared coleslaw mix
½ cup onion, chopped
½ cup celery, chopped
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
4 cups  reduced salt chicken broth
½ pound cooked, smoked sausage, sliced ¼ inch thick
2 medium apples, unpeeled, cored and diced
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Melt butter in a Deep, 12 inch Dutch oven over 8 to 10 charcoals. Add coleslaw mix, onion, celery and caraway seeds. Cook about 5 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated and flavors are blinded, stirring occasionally. serves 6. 

BOY! It's been a long time.

So sorry! I have had some real computer problems. My computer is only 8 or 9 years old. ( Haha. ) Now that I am back on, I will try to get some new recipes going. Maybe some good soup recipes. It's a little to early for Camp food recipes, but I will start to develop some of those for April. I may have a couple of Paleo recipes to post also.

Smoked some cheese and a turkey for Thanksgiving.
Didn't do so well at the State Faire, but we will do some competitions this Spring and Summer.
Please make comments and suggestions and we will answer them here on the blog. Keep those Black Pots Hot.

Ron Clanton
The Outlaw Gourmet
Don't rob yourself of good cookin'  

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great Green Chile Sauce


This is a very good sauce to put oven enchiladas, Chicken Breast, or even on chips

1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons onion, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 ½ cups chicken broth
1 cup ( or more ) green chilies, chopped ( I prefer Hatch but Anaheim’s are ok )
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
Salt, to taste
¼ teaspoon ground cumin

In a 12” Dutch oven, melt butter with oven over 10 to 12 charcoals. Sauté the onions until soft. Stir in flour then the broth until mixture is smooth. Add chilies, garlic, cumin and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Add salt and simmer 5 minutes more.  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Spiced Pecans

Thanksgiving day, our tables is adorned with a fancy table cloth, Dips and chips, crackers and cheese and some sliced veggies for any one dropping by or arriving early. This year we are adding a new tidbit. Spiced Pecans.

4 cups pecan halves
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, milted
¼cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ancho chili powder
¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat a 12" or 14" dutch oven over 14 to 18 charcoals with lid in place but no charcoal on it. When oven is hot add butter and pecans, stir to mix well. Stir in brown sugar. Mix well. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine every thing. Place lid on top and bake  4 or 5 minutes. Remove lid and stir. Replace lid and bake 4 or 5 minutes more. Test one for doneness. Bake a few minutes more if needed. Let cool completely before serving.

Thanksgiving Recipe from the Past

Over the years I have posted many Holiday recipes. If you would like to see some of the best, just scroll back to these listed below.

1. Giblet Gravy with Wine, 12-24-14
2. Stuffed Turkey Thighs, 12-24-14
3. Pumpkin Soup, 11-22-14
4. Sweet Potato Biscuits, 1-24-13
5, Raisin Cream Pie, 12-19-12
6. St. Nicks Green Beans, 12-19-12
7. Bread Dressing, 11-14-12
8. Cranberry Sauce-Merlot, 11-12-12
9. Southern Corn Bread Dressing, 11-12-12
10. Not from the Can Creamed Corn,10-29-12
11. Christmas up-Side-Down Cake, 11-24-11
12. Sweet Potato Pie, 11-15-11
13. Root Beer Candied Sweet Potatoes, 11-14-11
14.Cranberry Sauce with Marsala, Cherries and Rosemary, 11-13-11
15. Almost Pumpkin Pie, 11-16-10

Hope you try some of these and like them. Make them a Holiday tradition in your family. I would love to see some comments on these. Thank you and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Ron Clanton
The Outlaw Gourmet
Don't rob yourself of good cookin' 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Maple-Glazed Vegetables

With all those Mashed Potatoes and Yam and Turkey you need some good veggies. Here is a good verity of Fall vegetables with some seasoning and glaze. The kids MIGHT like as well. Good luck with that.

1 pound parsnips, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
1 pound carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
¾ pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
1 medium red onion, peeled and cut in 8 wedges
2 tablespoons of canola oil, divided
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
½ cup pure maple syrup, divided
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
½ cup chopped toasted pecans
Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs

In a large mixing bowl, toss together parsnips,carrots, Brussels sprouts, red onion, 1 tablespoon salt and pepper. In a 12" Dutch oven heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over 12 to 14 charcoals. Add parsnip mixture; cook until lightly browned, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, Stir in ¼ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup water, and thyme. Cover and remove some charcoals down to 9, and add 12 to 15 on lid. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vinegar and remaining ¼ cup maple syrup. Cook for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with pecans. Garnish with  thyme. Serves 8.

Yam Praline Crunch

Yams on the Thanksgiving table have been a tradition for a hundred years or more. Thar's not much you can do to change, that hasn't been done already. These are very  good.
P.S. Don't put to many marshmallows on top and hide the pecans.

1  28 oz. can yams, drained and mashed ( or you can cook fresh yams in oven or Dutch oven the day before.)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter, softened
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup sugar
marshmallows cut in half or miniature marshmallows

3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons flour
¾ cup dark brown sugar
¾ to 1 cup pecans, chopped

mix all ingredients in a separate mixing bowl until butter is mixed in thoroughly. Sprinkle over yams and place a few marshmallows around over topping mixture.

In a medium mixing bowl put mashed yams, salt, butter, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar. Mix well. Put in well greased 10" Dutch oven. Sprinkle with topping mix. ( see above ) Place oven over 7 charcoals and place lid on oven with 13 to 15 charcoals on top. Cook until marshmallows are golden brown. About 15 minutes.

This recipe serves 6 but can be dubbed and cooked in a 10" oven with 9 charcoals on the bottom and 15 to 17 charcoals on top. 

Tasty Dutch Oven Green Bean Casserole

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, so I figured I better get busy and put some recipes on the blog. I have been busy getting settled in Salt Lake. If you look back at some of the old recipes you will fine some good Holiday dishes I think you will enjoy. I have done this one many times out at The Butte Creek Mill in Eagle Point, Oregon.

2  15 oz. cans green beans, cut or french style
1  8 oz. con sliced water chestnuts
½ cup sliced almonds
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 small can French fried onions

In a well greased 10" Dutch oven, combine first four ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle top with French fried onions. Place oven over 7 charcoals and place 13 to 15 charcoals on top. Cook 30 to 45 minutes or until onions are crisp and a little browned and soup is a little bubbly. Makes 5 servings. This can be doubled and done in a 12" oven. 9 charcoals on the bottom and 15 on top.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Piña Colada Cheesecake


1 ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons butter


3 packages (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
½ sugar
3 eggs
¾ cup coconut cream
¼ cup light rum
2 teaspoons orange vest
1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple in juice, drained, juice reserved


Reserved ½ cup pineapple juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
¼ sugar

Spray a 10” Dutch oven with cooking spray. In a medium mixing bowl, mix crust ingredients. Press crust mixture in Dutch oven. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set with 6 charcoals on the bottom and 14 on top. In a large mixing bowl, Mix cream cheese and ½ cup sugar with a large wooden spoon or wire whisk until well mixed and fluffy. (use an electric beater on medium speed if electricity is available.) Beat in eggs; one at a time; just until blinded. Fold in remaining filling ingredients except pineapple. Gently fold in pineapple. Pour over crust. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes or until edge of cheesecake is set at least 2 inches in from sides of oven. Remove all charcoals from top and bottom. Set led ajar and let cheesecake cool for 45 minutes to 1 hour. When oven is cooled down to air temperature, and place in cooler at least 2 hours or longer if you can Weight. For the glaze, mix reserved pineapple juice plus enough water to equal 2/3 cups, cornstarch, and sugar in a 6” or 8” Dutch oven over all the charcoals you can get under it.
Heat to boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened. In large mixing bowl, toss glaze with pineapple. Spoon onto top of cheesecake. Garnish with mint leaves.

Taken at the Utah State Fare Last Saturday. Over all we didn't do as well as we could, but the cheesecake did very well. The season is all most oven but don't let the black pots get cold. Keep cooking under the patio or in the garage ( with the door open) I have more things coming, so keep checking out this blog. Have a great Fall.

The outlaw gourmet
Don't rob your self of good cookin'.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

End of the Trail Sourdough Biscuits

I have been searching for some good dishes to cook at the up-comming Utah State Fair in September. While I was going through some older I.D.O.S. Chapter cook books, I found one of my recipes, that is not on this blog, but it is a good one. So, here it is for you to try.
 Biscuits are always a good morning bread to go with eggs and bacon. I think, some place on this Blog is how to make your own sourdough.

The out law gourmet.

Don't rob yourself of good cookin"

2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
3 to 4 Tablespoons solid shortening, very cold
2 cups sourdough starter

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into large mixing bowl. Cut shortening in with a pastry cutter. Pour in the sourdough starter. Mix with a wooden spoon, into a firm dough ( you may need to work in more flour if dough is sticky). Grease a 12" Dutch oven. Bottom and sides. Pinch off golf ball size balls. Place in oven. Place lid on oven and put 1 to 3 coals on lid, set aside for 15 to 20 minutes to rise. Bake at 450°f, for 25 to 30 minutes with 14 charcoals on the bottom and 18 charcoals on top. After 15 minutes remove the bottom charcoals. Continue to bake with top charcoals only. (this will prevent the bottoms from burning. Check biscuits ever 10 minutes and adjust charcoals on top if needed.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mexican Hush Puppies

A tasty deep fried treat with any BBQ or Southern meal, also very good with a fish fry. When deep firing, I put my Dutch oven In an oil change pan. It helps holed the heat in and will come to temperature much faster. I do the same for boiling water.

2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1 cup self-rising flour
3 tablespoons sugar
3 eggs, beaten lightly
½ cup milk
1 (14¾-ounce) can cream-style corn
6 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups onion, chopped
2 jalaeño peppers, seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
Vegetable oil

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; make a well in the center of the dry mixture. Combine eggs and next 6 ingredients in a medium mixing bowl; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Pour oil to depth of about 2 to 3 inches in a 12' Dutch oven; heat to 375°f, about 20 charcoals under oven. (use a candy thermometer) Drop batter by rounded teaspoonfuls into hot oil; fry hush puppies, a few at a time 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.Drain on paper towels.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Ckicken Quesadilla Pie

This recipe uses a tortilla rather than a pie crust, so I call it a Quesadilla rather then a Quiche. You can call it anything you like, but I call it just Good eatin'. It is quick and simple, making it a good camping dish.

1 ( 12-inch or larger ) flour tortilla
Pan spray
3 cups chicken meat, shredded or cut in bite size pieces, cooked  *
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup pickled jalapeños, chopped
1 teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon pepper
3 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

* left overs or rotisserie 

Spray a 10" dutch oven with pan spray. Press the tortilla into the Dutch oven and spray lightly with the pan spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, 1cup of the cheese, cilantro, jalapeños, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Spread filling over over the tortilla.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together until smooth, eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt. Slowly pour over filling, then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
Bake at 450ºf. Place Dutch oven over 12 to 14 charcoals. Place lid on oven and 17 or 18 charcoals on lid and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Let cool for 10 minutes, Cut into wedges and serve.

Monday, March 21, 2016

W.C.C.O. Pictures.

To see all the pictures of the World Champion Cook Off, just click on the idos link. Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays pictures are all there.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Day 2. Semi Finals W.C.C.O.

Just a few more pictures from the 10 contestants today. To see all the dishes from today, click on the IDOS link. To cook in the WCCO, you much win an idos cook off in you local area. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016


If you are holding a Dutch oven event in your area, send me the details at and I will post it on the right side of this blog.