Dutch Oven Cheesy Potatoes

Dutch Oven Cheesy Potatoes

Many of the emails I receive during the summer months read something like this…

“What kind of great camping and dutch oven recipes do you have?”

To which I am forced to reply with a truthful…

“None. Thank you for asking.”

Not that I don’t love a fine meal made in the dutch oven, the plain truth is…we don’t generally camp, or even own a dutch oven. I know, a darn and ugly shame. However, I have as of late found myself in the midst of dutch oven cooking. A couple of weeks ago I went on a Pioneer Trek through the dusty (and oh so VERY hot) Wyoming wilderness with 300 youth and 100 adult leaders. No running water, no electricity, no structure of any kind for 4 days and 25 dusty miles. 🙂

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It sounds kind of strange doesn’t it? It was actually really amazing to be part of, though I have never in my whole life been so filthy dirty, tired and hot. The temperatures were record high and we felt it, baby. It was like a fiery furnace wrapped up in a dusty breeze.


But the kids were awesome, truly. They pulled hand carts the whole way and for the most part had stellar attitudes.

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This is my son Mark (ok, did I mention it was really dirty! It was…) and his cute friend Addy. Look at those smiles, the kids were so great to be with. Being with so many wonderful people, all working hard together was so cool. The best part, really.


I was assigned to work as part of the food committee and learned a ton about feeding masses of people, and doing it in the wild wilderness.  (Dutch ovens galore!) If you and I and 400 of our friends were dropped off in the middle of no where we could totally survive, man. But only if I had a propane, a camp chef, a few dutch ovens and a refrigerated trailer. 🙂 Oh, yes and food.

After MyTeenSonMark and I braved the Pioneer Trek, our family went to Bear Lake to play with some dear friends.


These kids are a little less dirty in this environment, wouldn’t you say?


Ok, maybe just those who swim in the water.


It was a great time.


You can’t beat great Bear Lake weather and dear friends to share it with.

Dutch Oven Cheesey Potatoes from Jamie Cooks It Up!

My dear friend Mike Anderson made the most fabulous Dutch Oven Cheesy Potatoes while we were at the lake. They are packed with the flavors of bacon, onions, butter, sour cream and heavenly melted cheese. Man, they are so good. He was gracious enough to let me take some photos while he was cooking them up, so I could share them with you. If you don’t have a dutch oven, these can also be prepared on the stove top (which is what I did when I got home, so I could take a few photos of the finished product for you all).

Serve Dutch Oven Cheesy Potatoes with any of these main dishes:
Grilled BBQ Chicken
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Sloppy Joes
French Onion Burger of Wonder

Now, without further ramblings (thanks for your patience) let’s make them!


Time: 1 hour
Yield: 20 servings
Recipe from the wonderful Micheal Anderson, dutch oven cook extraordinaire

8 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
10 slices bacon, chopped
1 large onion, diced
1/2 C butter
salt and pepper
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
2 C cheddar cheese, shredded



1. Peel and slice 8 pounds of russet potatoes.
2. Heat a dutch oven up over medium high heat.
3. Toss in 10 slices of bacon that have been chopped.
4. When the bacon has cooked for a few minutes and  there is a bit of grease in the bottom of the dutch oven, add the chopped onion. Let these two cook until the bacon is slightly crisp and the onions are almost translucent.


5. Add 3-4 tablespoons of butter. Stir it around and let it melt into the bacon and onions.


6. Add the sliced potatoes.


Give everything a nice stir to incorporate. Add 2-3 more tablespoons of butter and a generous helping of salt and pepper. Stir it all up again so everything is evenly distributed.



Put the lid on and let the potatoes cook through. This should take about 20 minutes, depending on the weather (cross your fingers and pray for no wind, won’t you?) Also, make sure that you lift the lid and stir things up a couple of times while they cook. Especially watch the potatoes that are on the bottom of the pan, so they don’t burn.


7. When the potatoes are fork tender add 1 (16 ounce) container of sour cream. Give it a nice stir.


8. Sprinkle 2 cups cheddar cheese over the top. Place the lid back on the dutch oven and remove it from the heat. Once the cheese has melted and sour cream is heated through you are ready to dig in.



Post a comment!


  1. 1
    Annette F.
    July 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Looks deliscious! I highly recommend Byrons Dutch Oven Cooking website. If you google that name it will come up. Great recipes, easy to follow and it actually gives you the number of charcoal briquettes to use when doing true dutch oven cooking. Can’t wait to try this on my next campout.

  2. 2
    July 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Yum! My husband camps frequently, so I am totally sharing this amazing recipe with him!

  3. 3
    July 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Love this post and the man featured cooking them–I also love that you can make this recipe in your Speedo (swim trunks that is!:)

    • 4
      February 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Just tried it. Died and went to heaven. Next time, I will cut them up a bit smlaler, and coat them with more spices, because I felt like the outside wasn’t crunchy enough, while there were still some crunchy spots in the middle. I can’t wait to put the second batch in the oven!

  4. 5
    July 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I have never missed Utah more than I do right now! We moved from Logan to California 6 years ago when my husband joined the military and this post has made me want to start planning a trip home! Nothing better than Bear Lake and good Dutch oven potatoes!

  5. 6
    July 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Our family spent many camping vacations at Bear Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. Great memories. I am unable to print the recipe, when I click on the link a blank page comes up. I would love to try these potatoes!

    • 7
      July 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks for the heads up. I have fixed the broken link, you should be able to print the page now. Thanks again,

      • 8
        July 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        Thank you, they look so good. My husband would have loved them.

    • 9
      February 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      degrees. I then placed about two and a half bolied, sliced sweet potatoes inside the pastry cups, smashed them down and sprinkled them with the spice mixture. In addition to all the spices you used, I also mixed in a large handful of finely diced Craisins. Absolutely evil goodness. A million thanks for this recipe!!!

  6. 10
    July 13, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I would love to make these at our cabin in a dutch oven this summer. Thank you for the recipe.

  7. 11
    July 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    What are the cooking instructions for preparing these on the stove top?

    • 12
      July 15, 2013 at 7:54 am

      If you are making them in the house, I would recommend cutting the recipe in half and using a large skillet. Then just follow the instructions written in the recipe. Good luck!

  8. 13
    Erin R.
    July 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Wow, you are ROCKING that sunbonnet! And don’t worry, I’d rather punch myself in the face than go camping. There’s no shame in never going, EVER. Not ever.

    Potatoes look good, though.

  9. 14
    July 26, 2013 at 12:17 am

    These potatoes and your website look as if it is down home cooking.

  10. 15
    August 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    My potatoes crumbled. It looked horrible but tasted fantastic.

    • 16
      August 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Hi Barbara,
      Try cooking the potatoes for less time next go around. Good luck! Glad they still tasted great. 🙂

  11. 17
    September 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Those are the most beautiful children allowed in one place……

  12. 18
    September 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Can’t wait to try these potatoes!

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  14. 20
    March 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I would really like to make these in the oven, Any suggestions? And what Temperture? Thank you :>))

  15. 21
    July 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Tried the recipe and loved it. Done the trek before and loved it also. By the way what are you doing using a dutch oven that was made in China? Never do that! Good old Lodge or a vintage Wagner or Griswold dutch oven is the only way to go!

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