Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dutch Oven or Crock-Pot Potatoes

This has to be one of our favorite summertime meals. We have always made these in the dutch oven, but I wanted to try them in the crock pot and see how it turned out. Both ways are a huge success.

This is one of those meals that I don't really measure. I just make according to how many people I will be feeding. For our family of five this is what I used.


1 lb sliced smoked sausage, smokies, or cooked, cut up bacon
5-6 potatoes, diced
1 C sliced carrots
1/2 medium onion chopped
1 stalk celery sliced
Mushrooms (optional)
Garlic (fresh minced or powdered, season to taste)
Italian seasoning (season to taste)
Pepper (season to taste)
Grated cheddar cheese

1 stick butter sliced-for dutch oven
1/4 stick butter sliced and nonstick spray-for crock-pot

For dutch oven-
Place sliced butter, carrots and onions in dutch oven. Cover and let cook for 15-20 minutes. Add potatoes, celery, sausage/bacon, and seasonings. Cover and cook over hot briquettes until veggies are tender. Takes about one hour to one hour thirty minutes. Generously cover with shredded cheddar cheese.

For crock-pot-
Spray sides of crock pot with non stick spray and place sliced butter in the bottom. In a medium size bowl, place everything except cheese and mix well. Place in crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.
Cover with grated cheddar cheese and serve as a main dish with a side salad or serve it as a side dish with barbecued chicken.