there are quite a few things that erik makes that i don’t and i prefer it that way because they just taste better when someone else makes them. among these items are: french toast (i’m a french toast FAILURE), twice baked potatoes (nobody but my mother in law makes them so well. mine don’t even compare), that scrambled eggs in the hole cut in the middle of the bread made on the griddle that erik does, and his mashed potatoes. his potatoes PERIOD are far better than mine. last night for instance, he made his WONDERFUL dutch oven potatoes and they were GOOD. they’re always good. it’s like the perfect dish for bbq, or even roasted chicken, or even just to eat standing at the stove. it was Erik Does Dinner night yesterday and he made his fabulous ribs and these dutch oven potatoes. i’m unclear on their origins, but if i had to guess (and think i was guessing correctly) i’d say they’re camping food …
Erik’s Dutch Oven Potatoes
potatoes, washed well and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices (you really need to make a full pot of these, so go have a bbq, and use about 5-6 medium sized potatoes). you don’t have to peel the potatoes, by the way.
1 bottle (or can) of beer, whatever the cook’s drinking (though a dark beer or something really hoppy may not be that good of an idea. we had pabst blue ribbon on hand so we used that, but we’ve been known to throw a can of Coors or Lone Star in there, too)
1/2 a large onion, sliced
5-6 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
salt and pepper
1/2 -1 cup water
layer the potatoes, onions, and bacon in your dutch oven. pour in the beer and the water. salt and pepper and mix it together. the potatoes and such don’t need to be covered with liquid. like so:
cover it with a lid and cook on medium-low for about an hour, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are super soft and yum. like this:
ohh i see 2 potato dish recipes in a row … sorry ’bout that!