I have a confession to make. I didn’t actually do the cooking. My husband did. We decided to pull out our Dutch ovens and create some really delectable recipes. I used a shortcut to minimize prep time and pulled out some freezer meals before we left home. These meals were design to go right in the crockpot frozen, but to use them with the Dutch oven’s shorter cooking time, I defrosted them.
You can chose any recipe that can be baked or stewed when cooking with these cast iron pots. It is loads of fun and you WILL make your neighbors envious. Or maybe, it will be an
For our weekend menu, I chose Shepherd’s Pie and Lemon Chicken for our dinners. Both are a Pampered Chef’s secret recipe but I know there are some very good versions found online.
I also baked Pear Ginger Dumplings for dessert. This recipe is Ree Drummond’s recipe for Apple Dumplings with a couple changes. I used pears instead of apples and ginger ale instead of Mountain Dew. I also think if you have an open bottle of a sweet sparkling wine to use for the liquid, it would make it even more amazing.
Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as life, and they pass like bubbles of a bottle of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a complete fool. ~Gioacchino Rossini
Lemon Chicken Pizza with Fresh Herb Sauce
- ¾ cup warm water
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 cups flour, I used 1 all-purpose and 1 wheat
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. yeast
- 1 tsp. dough enhancer, optional
Put ingredients into bread machine in listed order on dough setting.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ tsp. salt
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 handful fresh herbs, I used a combination of basil, oregano, and rosemary. Can also be made with dried herbs.
Process in small bowl of food processor until chopped finely.
- Leftover Lemon Chicken or any cubed or shredded chicken, rotisserie would work well.
- Red bell pepper
- Red onion
- Choose what suits you plus mozzarella cheese or a combo of cheeses.
To bake the pizza on your grill, heat to 400 degrees. Divide the dough into two pieces and roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Place dough onto grill and cook for about 5 minutes. Flip onto plates and layer the toppings onto the cooked side and slide them back onto the grill to finish baking. Keep watch so bottom does not burn. Perhaps 10 minutes more.
No grill? Simply bake at 400 degrees in your oven until done.