Dig into a spicy hearty warming bowl of One Pot Campfire Stew with delicious Southern Flavours - my take on a popular Slimming Eats Recipe.
Whenever I think of campfire cooking, I always think of a big pot hung above a self-lit campfire and of course for that you need a special kind of pot that can handle that kind of cooking style.
One of the most popular pots used at campfires is cast iron because they can be used on the stove, in the oven, on a fire and outdoors. They retain heat really well and are perfect for dishes like this One Pot Campfire Stew.
Usually, for campfire cooking, especially this side of the Atlantic - non enamelled cast iron pans are preferred. They do take a bit of getting used to, but once you know how to cook with and look after a cast iron pan, you will love it for life.
In the USA you will find many families who have had cast iron cookware passed down to generations, it's the pride of kitchens everywhere and is a really popular and loved style of cooking, especially in the Southern states. One of the most popular brands in the USA, of course, being Lodge, made in Tennessee since 1896.
There are many who abandon a perfectly good cast iron pan because they didn't know how to cook or look after it, causing it to go rusty or lose its seasoning. In fact, I was actually one of those people years back when I bought my first cast iron skillet and failed to research how to use and cook with it correctly.
I am sure someone somewhere now has that skillet perfectly restored and in their kitchen because like me at the time, many don't realise that even the rustiest and neglected pieces of non enamelled cast iron cookware can be restored. It's actually a huge hobby of some, searching garage sales and thrift stores in search of old neglected pieces of cast iron they can take home and re-season.
Now years later, I absolutely love my Lodge skillets, they are the best piece of cookware you can own for cooking a piece of steak or similar meat because of the amazing sear and colour you get. That is just not achievable with a regular pan in my opinion.
Another popular style of cast iron cookware is Le Creuset, it's a lot easier to care for because most of the pieces come enamelled in a variety of beautiful colours. I have a couple of pieces and they are perfect for casseroles and stews because of the fact you can start off on the stove and transfer to the oven. So seemed a fitting piece to choose to cook my delicious Campfire Stew.
With cast iron and campfires on my mind, I could help but think of those spicy Southern flavours and so for my version of Campfire Stew, I add a spicy twist with some Cajun spice which packs a good bit of heat and makes this dish absolutely delicious and packed with flavour.
For a natural sweetness against the heat, butternut squash a really versatile speed vegetable is also added. It's one of my favourite speed vegetables to use in recipes.
Although I love pulled pork, I am really not keen on shredded cured pork (gammon), I prefer to have pieces of gammon so that it feels like a proper stew, so I cube up my meat and cook it in the oven in my beloved Le Creuset Casserole Pot, so that it keeps it shape and feels like a proper stew/casserole.
Of course, I am sure this would work perfectly in a Slow Cooker too if you want to throw all the ingredients in before heading to work, so you have a delicious meal once you return home.
This Campfire Stew would pair up well with so many different sides - rice, pasta or Perfect Chips. But for me, it just had to be my delicious Mashed Potatoes, because mashed potatoes are just perfect for anything with a sauce like this.
and if you love casseroles and stews, check out some of these other recipes:
- Beef and Vegetable Casserole
- Chicken and Baked Bean Casserole
- Sausage and Lentil Casserole
- Slow Cooked Chicken Casserole
- Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato and Turkey Casserole
- Creamy Pork Casserole
- Sausage Casserole
- Smoked Paprika Chicken Casserole
- Tuscan Beef Casserole
- Mediterranean Chicken Casserole
- Irish Beef Stew
- Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Brisket
or head on over to my FULL RECIPE INDEX with over 700 delicious Slimming Eats Recipes to browse, by ingredients, meal type etc.
What Kitchen Items do I need to make this Campfire Stew?
- dutch oven or oven proof casserole pot
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Jug
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Chopping Board
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WATCH FOR HOW TO MAKE CAMPFIRE STEW:
- 500g of cured pork (gammon), any visible fat trimmed
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 300g of butternut squash, cubed
- 2 cups (480ml) of chicken stock
- 2 cups (480ml) of chopped tomatoes
- 450g of canned white beans, drained (I use Great Northern Beans, but pinto or cannellini are fine too)
- 4 tbs of tomato paste
- 1 tsp of Tabasco sauce
- Cooking oil spray
- salt and black pepper to season
- For the cajun spice:
- 1 tbs of sweet paprika (not smoked)
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of onion powder
- ½ tsp of oregano
- ½ tsp of thyme
- ½ tsp of cayenne pepper
- pinch of salt and black pepper
- Preheat oven to 180c/350f (gas mark 4)
- Spray a large ovenproof casserole pot with some cooking oil spray.
- Add the onion and peppers and fry to soften, adding in a little stock to prevent any sticking.
- Add the garlic, butternut squash, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, cajun seasoning, Tabasco and stock and mix to combine.
- Add in the cured pork.
- Bring to a boil, cover and then place in the oven for approx 1.5-2 hours. The uncured pork should be lovely and tender.
- Season as needed with salt and black pepper.
- Serve with your choice of sides.
- As with any casserole or stew, this is even better on day two if you have any leftover of course.
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Nutrition InformationYield 5 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 348Total Fat 6.8gSaturated Fat 2.3gSodium 568mgCarbohydrates 41.9gFiber 11.1gSugar 8.9gProtein 32.2g