Prepare your fire using either charcoal coals or wood. Eileen is using the charcoal coal method for her Dutch Oven Camp Cooking. Check out Eileen's article on Dutch Oven Camp Cooking for information and instructions on Dutch Oven cooking.
Fire pit with coal - using backyard fire pit to cook on. Coals being shifted around so more of them will get hot enough to cook with.
Coals being shifted around so more of them will get hot enough to cook with.
Placing cast iron Dutch oven on hot coals. Shift coals around the oven. Heat the Dutch oven over the hot coals or wood.
Pouring vegetable oil in the Dutch Oven.
Spread the vegetable oil around the bottom and sides of the Dutch Oven.
When the pan is hot (hold hand over the oven to see if it is hot). You are now ready to cook.
Ingredients for Swiss Steak. NOTE: I sometimes also add bell peppers and mushrooms to the recipe. Be creative!
Cut up meat into chunks. Depending on what you are serving with the meat, you may want to cube it into bite-size pieces. Season meat with garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Note: You can also add cayenne pepper, steak seasonings, and any other spices that you want. Chop onion into large chunks.
Add meat and onions to the hot Dutch Oven, placing onions on top of the meat.
Place lid on the Dutch Oven for a few minutes. Place some hot coals on the lid to help heat up and cook the meat.
Remove lid and stir occasionally to evenly brown the meat.
Swiss Steak evenly browned on both sides and ready for the next step.
Once the meat has browned, add the stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce. NOTE: Worcestershire Sauce is a good addition to this dish, if you so desire.
Place the lid back on the Dutch Oven and let the mixture simmer for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove lid and check for tenderness. If the meat is not tender and falling off the fork when poked, place the lid back on the Dutch Oven and continue to cook for approximately another 10 to 15 minutes.
Variation: To add to this meal, you might add cubed or sliced potatoes to the Swiss Steak while cooking or served with already cooked noodles or rice.
Your Swiss Steak is now done. Serve to your family and enjoy!
Dutch Oven Swiss Steak Recipe: https://whatscookingamerica.net/information/dutchoven/swisssteak/swisssteakrecipe.htm