dutch oven recipes

even though their first camping trip was kind of a disaster due to youngblood, the idea of the Fentons making an effort to do family camp trips regularly warms my heart. they know that jazz is going to go away for college soon and high school probably isn’t the easiest for Danny, so Maddie and Jack would try to pull themselves from their gadgets and get outside with their kids. a portable ghost shield would make sure they could all sleep knowing they wouldn’t get attacked. Maddie would have some awesome traditional ghost stories to tell around the camp fire and Jack knows how to make some amazing Dutch oven recipes. there would be a rule that talk about ghosts would be restricted so jazz and Danny could actually talk to their parents about life and their worries. the Fentons would be able to enjoy each others’ company away from the city and do some really silly things you can only do while camping.

Apple-Cranberry Pork Loin

I just made the most delicious pork loin ever while also having a major pain flare. Keep in mind, I’m a relatively experienced cook, but I would consider this low-spoons for me & definitely one of the cheapest “fancy” meals I’ve ever made. 

I used:

- one pork loin, which was probably 2lbs? (I bought a GIANT 10lb loin on sale for 1.79/lb & cut it into 5 pieces. I often find that pork is much cheaper than beef, and on par or cheaper than chicken so if your stomach doesn’t hate it, learn to love it!)

- one apple (your choice, I used red)

- a handful of cranberries

- butter

- salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder 

- a bit of cooking wine


- one frying pan (size that will fit your pork loin piece)

- one dutch oven (or dutch oven substitute, aka a pan with tinfoil)

How I did it:

1. Cut up the apples into bite sized chunks. Washed the cranberries. Put a bit of butter in the frying pan.  Add the apples and cranberries and seasoned with a bit of salt, pepper, a bigger bit of cinnamon, a bit of cumin and a bit of garlic powder. 

2. Let the apple-cranberry mixture soften in the pan, probably 10 minutes? until the apples are getting pretty mushy and the cranberries look like they’re cooking. (You can cook it less if you want firm apples in the final result, mine ended up like a sauce which I like)

3. Rub the pork loin on all sides with the same proportions of salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin, and garlic powder as the apples. Dump the apple-cranberry stuff into your dutch oven or dutch oven substitute.

4. Sear the pork for 1-2 minutes on all sides in the pan you just emptied until it’s nice and brown. Add the pork to the dutch oven.

5. Deglaze the pan with a bit of wine (aka just add some wine to the frying pan, use a spoon to swish) and then pour over the pork. 

6. Pop the pork (covered) into a 400 oven for probably 20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 150.

7. Remove from oven, let stand 10 minutes and then slice. Spoon apple-cranberry mixture-sauce over pork and serve! 

You could totally make the apple-cranberry for other cuts of pork too, just adjust cooking style accordingly. I only used cranberries because they’re in season and cheap. Apples only would be fine, but I think raisins or craisins would work too!

I didn’t use a dutch oven because I don’t own one, so it was a frying pan and a glass pan with a tinfoil lid. You can probably make the whole dish in a single dutch oven.