A few weeks ago, my aunt’s neighborhood celebrated its 9th Dutch Oven Gathering — aka pot party, aka DOG. My uncle and aunt started the event, and now everyone in the ‘hood is pretty much a professional.
A Dutch oven is a cast-iron pot that you heat with hot coals. Anything you can cook in the oven, you can cook in a Dutch oven. It’s a pretty old style of cooking, but it’s super fun — and tasty.
Here are a few shots from the day. Don’t get hungry (or do).
We started with set-up, including cleaning a huge beam taken from a dam. My Aunt Jo and I scraped dirt and tar from the beam for quite a while, but then Danny came over with a pressure washer. Thank you, good sir!
Then Jo and I decided to be over-achievers and start cooking before the event. Monkey Bread: a perfect, gooey breakfast for everyone (it boiled over a little, don’t judge, it was tasty).Let the cooking begin!We made tortilla crisps for appetizers beside Andy, who cooked up paprika chicken.There were a ton of concoctions:Good idea to put dog tags on your pots. Check out that homemade rig:Cooking away.Larry’s secret recipe.This was my first year cooking. I made chili relleno casserole and garlic green beans in a wok with a volcano.Yes, there was corned beef and cabbage.And that, friends, was a super fun day. I hope you get an opportunity to use a Dutch oven.