Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dutch Oven Lasagna Recipe


Dutch oven lasagna  - thePrairieCottage
Start your coals before prepping the lasagna… we use a charcoal chimney starter.  They work really well and only require 1 sheet of newspaper and no lighter fluid :)
Prepare coals while prepping lasagna  - thePrairieCottage
I made the meat sauce and cottage cheese layer at home and kept them in glad containers in the cooler. This makes it so much quicker to get the lasagna cooking:
Cottage cheese layer  - thePrairieCottage
Start layering.  Break the noodles to fit your Dutch oven.
Break noodles to fit pan  - thePrairieCottage
Layers finished and ready for the hot coals:
Lasagna ready for baking  - thePrairieCottage
Use enough coals to equal 350 degrees.  Here is a general temperature guide for Dutch oven cooking:

However, I don’t find that it applies well for high altitudes.  So if you are camping higher than sea level and your Dutch oven doesn’t seem to be heating up well, try adding a few more coals :)  At 7600 feet, we needed 17 coals on top, 11 on bottom to equal 350 degrees.  And I added 2 coals to the bottom for the last 10 minutes.
17 coals on top, 11 on bottom  - thePrairieCottage
Bake for 45-50 minutes.  Remove top and continue cooking 5-10 minutes more.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Finished!
Finished dutch overn lasagna  - thePrairieCottage

Mom’s Famous Lasagna Sauce:
1 pound hamburger, browned and drained
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
28 oz. can diced or crushed tomatoes
8 ounces tomato sauce
1.5 cups water (omit if you cook your noodles first)
1 cup salsa
2 tsp. sugar
1-2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. fennel seed
1.5 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil leaves
1 tsp. salt

Cottage cheese layer: 16 oz. cottage cheese
1 egg
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup grated parmesan
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. minced parsley or 1 tsp. dried parsley

4-6 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
9-12 regular lasagna noodles
Combine sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine cottage cheese, egg, salt, parmesan and garlic.  Mix well.

Breaking noodles to fit your Dutch oven, layer 1/3 of the uncooked noodles, about 1/3 of the meat sauce, 1/3 the cottage cheese and 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers twice.

Cook with 17 coals on top, 11 on bottom for 45-55 minutes.  Uncover and allow the bottom coals to continue cooking for 5-10 minutes more.  Let stand 5 minutes with no heat. 
Enjoy the view while you dine:
Half Moon Lake WY  - thePrairieCottage
Half Moon Lake  - thePrairieCottage

3 comments:

Cherry said...

Visiting from Tasty Tuesday - what a delicious looking dish to enjoy while camping!

the Blah Blah Blahger said...

Holy moly, this is SERIOUS camping food. Love it!

Nicole {WonkyWonderful} said...

Campfire Lasagna ... Awesome! Way better than roasted hot dogs on a stick :)

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