Dutch Oven Recipes | Making Christmas Brunch Outdoors

Dutch Oven | Christmas Brunch | Egg Strata, Baked Ham and Fruit Pizza

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dutch ovenBy now readers know that we are a bit crazy for holiday foods and Christmas is no exception. Recently we gathered the Voice of Scouting team together to make amazing dutch oven recipes for Christmas Brunch of Spinach and Cheese Strata, Pineapple Glazed Ham and a Fruit Pizza. 

This was so easy, that after just 90 minutes the team was feasting on a delicious brunch that you can try too!

Let’s begin with strata. Strata means layers and we mean layers too! Eggs, spinach, cheese all layered into bread and baked to a golden brown:

 

Egg Strata
Serves 8
This is Mom's recipe from every Christmas morning since forever! and I love it! Best of all you can make it the day before, so it can be baking while you tear open the presents.
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Barebone Dutch Oven or other brand, but this is sponsored by them
  2. One loaf sourdough bread, cubed
  3. 2 cups whole milk or half and half
  4. 10 eggs
  5. 1 medium onion, chopped, 1/2 cup
  6. 2 cups baby spinach
  7. 1/2 cup bacon bits
  8. 1 T Salt
  9. 1 T pepper
  10. 1 cube butter
  11. 2 cups shredded cheese
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If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. 1- Generously butter the inside of a Barebones Dutch-oven, using about half a cube (save the remainder)
  2. 2- Slice one loaf sliced sourdough bread, then cube slices to make 4 cups and place in Dutch-oven
  3. 3- Crack 10 eggs into a large mixing bowl and add salt and pepper, to that add
  4. 4- 2 cups whole milk or half and half, mix together well.
  5. 5- Sprinkle bread with onion, spinach bacon bits and cheese, turn this mix with your hands slightly to allow ingredients to fall between layers of bread, then
  6. 6- add pats of remaining butter across the top, finally
  7. 7- pour the egg and milk mixture over all the other ingredients
  8. 8- place the lid on the Dutch-oven and put into a medium hot bed of coals. Place twice as many coals on top as on the bottom (or bake in your oven at 350°F [175°C]) for 30 minutes until golden brown
Notes
  1. Serve piping hot from right from Dutch-oven
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Next let make a self-glazing pineapple covered ham. You, of course, can skip the pineapple, but when it makes such a nice presentation, why would you?

Pineapple Baked Dutch-oven Chirstmas Ham
A simple way to serve ham from a Dutch-oven.
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. One Barebones 10" cast iron crock
  2. 1 cooked ham
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 20 oz can of sliced pineapple
  5. 1/4 cup of whole cloves
  6. 2 T dijon mustard
  7. 1 T salt
  8. 1 T pepper
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If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. 1- with a meat knife, score the ham with diamond cuts between 1/4–1/2 deep over the top of the ham
  2. 2- stick a clove into each scoring about an inch apart
  3. 3- place ham into the dutch oven (look for a good fit and change to a domed lid if needed)
  4. 4- mix the pineapple juice from the can with the brown sugar, add salt and pepper, and mustard. Then mix well
  5. 5- Slather the ham with the juice and sugar mixture
  6. 6- Cover the ham with pineapple slices (you can keep them in place with toothpicks)
  7. 7- Cover Dutch-oven with lid and place on medium hot coals. Barebones suggests 17 briquettes on top and 8 underneath or (350°f [175°C] in a conventional oven)
  8. 8- see notes below for cooking times
Notes
  1. Estimate about 3/4 pound per person for a bone-in ham and 1/2 pound for boneless, but more than 8 lbs will challenge your 10" Dutch-oven.
  2. If you're starting with a fully cooked ham, bake it in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes per pound.
  3. If your ham is only partially cooked, bake it for 20 minutes per pound.
  4. To help keep your ham moist and juicy, place the ham cut-side down in the Dutch-oven
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Adapted from Mark's Black Pot
Adapted from Mark's Black Pot
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Last and maybe best of all is our Christmas Sugar Cookie Wreath Fruit Pizza. For the base of this we would always use our own cookie dough made with real butter, but this cookie mix turned out just fine:

Christmas Sugar Cookie Wreath Fruit Pizza
Serves 8
Fruit Pizzas are always a hit with any crowd, but the season appearence of this one is a winner
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. One 10" Barebones cast iron skillet
  2. 1 pkg Sugar Cookie Mix
  3. 3 T Flour (high altitude only)
  4. 1 stick butter
  5. 1 egg
  6. 5 kiwis
  7. 5 strawberries
  8. 1 cup blue berries
  9. 1 container cream cheese frosting
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If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. 1- combine cookie mix with flour (if using high altitude recipe)
  2. 2- add 1/2 cup melted or softened butter and
  3. 3- 1 egg (per mix instructions) and mix well (you may find hands useful for this)
  4. 4- press dough into skillet, making it as even as possible,
  5. 5- cover with lid and place on coals, adding twice as many coals on top as underneath
  6. 6- bake for 7-10 mins
  7. 7- remove from heat and allow to cool with the lid off,
  8. 8- while cookie is cooling, peel and slice fruits; wash berries
  9. 9- ice the cooled cookie, then
  10. 10 - place the kiwis in a triple ring around the cookie, place other berries on "wreath" to decorate
  11. 11- slice and serve
Notes
  1. Do NOT over bake, this should be a very soft cookie, but be sure it is cook before you ice it.
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Adapted from Hunter Family Recipe
Adapted from Hunter Family Recipe
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And there you have it, a Barebones cast iron Christmas brunch you can cook entirely outdoors. 


This recipe set is the last in our sponsored series by Barebones Living, be sure to check out all their camping products for Christmas and if you haven’t see our other recipes, check them out here:

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Skyler Hunter
Skyler Hunter is a Marketing Associate and videographer for the Utah National Parks Council. He attends Brigham Young University as an Advertising Major. He is from San Jose, California.

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