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Dutch Oven Lasagna

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:13 pm
by toms
Here is my recipe for Dutch oven Lasagna. I plan to make this for the 2009 Borrego Fest pot luck, so I though it might be good to let you see the ingredients. This one is for meat eaters. My late friend Lion could eat half of the pot in one sitting but really it can serve 4to 8 people depending on serving size. I have added my notes and mods. This is real basic so feel free to get creative with add ons.

Dutch Oven Lasagna - Size 12 standard oven
1-1/2 lb. lean ground beef
23 oz spaghetti sauce ( basically one jar)
9 oz shredded mozzarella cheese ( as close as you can get in a package but round up)
3 eggs
2-1/4 c cottage or ricotta cheese ( tried both & can't tell difference so go cheap)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
13 lasagna noodles
1-1/2 tsp. oregano
3/4 cup hot water + ¼ cup on bottom (with uncooked noodles 1/4 cup is my modification to avoid burning & I
don't bother heating up the water)
½ tbs. ea. Salt & Pepper
Basil
Parsley
2 tsp. Garlic - more if people want


Preheat the Dutch oven.
Brown the ground beef.
When done remove the beef to a large mixing bowl.
Add the spaghetti sauce to the beef and mix well.

In another bowl, add the cottage or ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese (reserve a few ounces for later), eggs, and oregano,etc and mix well.

Place the layers in the oven in the following order:
Put ¼ cup water on bottom
1. Break up four lasagna noodles into the bottom of the oven.
Spread about 1/3 of the meat mixture over the noodles.
Spread 1/2 of the cheese mixture over the meat mixture.
2. Break up five noodles and place over the top of the preceding mixtures.
Spread 1/2 of the remaining meat mixture over the noodles.
Spread the remaining cheese mixture over the meat mixture.
3. Break up the remaining noodles and place over the cheese mixture.
Spread the remaining meat mixture over the noodles.
Pour the hot water all around the edges of the oven.

Place the lid on the oven and bake one hour or until done. Check frequently.

Hints: This recipe works well with charcoal (9 briquettes on bottom and 15 on top).
Cooking time can be reduced by pre-cooking and draining the lasagna noodles. ( note - too much work)

Tom's recommendations:
Reduce to 4 coals on bottom after ½ hour to avoid burning the bottom lay of noodles . Remove all the coals on bottom after 45 min

Re: Dutch Oven Lasagna

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:25 pm
by DaveK
toms wrote:Here is my recipe for Dutch oven Lasagna. I plan to make this for the 2009 Borrego Fest pot luck,

Man, you really plan ahead!

Re: Dutch Oven Lasagna

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 10:27 pm
by raYGunn
I like the sound of it! No goofy eggplants or other weird stuff you see people putting in "lasagna". Also it's cooked in cast iron over fire, that's about the best food cooking there is besides just meat over a fire.

Re: Dutch Oven Lasagna

Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:41 am
by toms
I might even make it for the 2008 Borrego Fest. But you are right - I have my entire 2009 schedule done. I just sent it off to all the 4WD magazines and loaded to the web site.

Re: Dutch Oven Lasagna

Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:09 am
by gon2srf
Tom, that sounds delicious. What size dutch oven are you using for this recipe?

Re: Dutch Oven Lasagna

Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 7:37 am
by toms
I am using a standard size 12 oven - I think that is 6 quart

Re: Dutch Oven Lasagna

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:13 pm
by eubi
Photos, photos!

Looks good. I'm going to try it next time I get the DO out!

My wife loves lasagna...

Re: Dutch Oven Lasagna

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:10 pm
by cruiserlarry
raYGunn wrote:I like the sound of it! No goofy eggplants or other weird stuff you see people putting in "lasagna". Also it's cooked in cast iron over fire, that's about the best food cooking there is besides just meat over a fire.
While I'm all about experimenting with food, I have to agree with you on lasagna - leave it alone !!!

I was invited to a friend's house for lasagna a long time ago - when I arrived, she let me know she had gone "vegetarian", and proudly showed me her new carrot lasagna-

yuck..... :shock:

Re: Dutch Oven Lasagna

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:15 pm
by gon2srf
cruiserlarry wrote:
raYGunn wrote:I like the sound of it! No goofy eggplants or other weird stuff you see people putting in "lasagna". Also it's cooked in cast iron over fire, that's about the best food cooking there is besides just meat over a fire.
While I'm all about experimenting with food, I have to agree with you on lasagna - leave it alone !!!

I was invited to a friend's house for lasagna a long time ago - when I arrived, she let me know she had gone "vegetarian", and proudly showed me her new carrot lasagna-

yuck..... :shock:

:lol: :lol: :lol: Image

Re: Dutch Oven Lasagna

Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:52 pm
by OLLIE
Lasagna isn't right unless it contains meat.