Creamy Hominy Casserole & A Day On The Kansas Prairie

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Soft, chewy hominy is baked in a creamy sauce along with plenty of spices, green chile, and kielbasa to make this Creamy Hominy Casserole.

The meal comes together with about ten minutes hands-on time and then it’s tucked into the oven where it will simmer away on its own until the hominy is soft and chewy and everything is bubbling hot.

Creamy Hominy with Green Chile and Kielbasa - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel with Certified Angus Beef (C.A.B.) to visit a cattle ranch in Kansas.

It was a once in a lifetime experience complete with a chuckwagon dinner on the prairie, cowboys, cattle, and no end of laughter and conversation. The ranchers’ love for the land, their families, and the animals was evident in every aspect of their lives.

Kansas cattle on the prairie

I started writing this post with a great recipe in mind to share with you, but there is still so much on my mind that I want to tell you about more of it.

This is not a sponsored post. I simply remain overwhelmingly impressed with my peek into the cattle industry and the love of the land that was evident in everyone I met. I want to share my experience with as many of you as I possibly can. 

I’ve been home a week and I haven’t stopped running my mouth off to friends and family yet. If it were possible to repeat my time in Kansas, I would do it in a heartbeat.

You may recall that a couple of years ago, I visited C.A.B.’s culinary center in Wooster, Ohio. We worked in the test kitchen and created some mouthwatering recipes, including this Southwestern Crusted Roast Beef.

I learned a great deal about the different quality levels of beef and the standards that are required in order for beef to be certified.

Kansas - roots in boots with Certified Angus Beef

When my friends at C.A.B. asked if I would like to go along with them to visit a cattle a ranch, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve been dreaming of a ranch visit for a couple years now, so this was literally a dream come true for me.

I knew the trip would be fun, but I had no idea that my peek into the workings of the cattle ranch would be such an amazing experience.

We spent Saturday out on the Blythe ranch in rural Kansas. Debbie Blythe hosted us for lunch and then we toured Tiffany Cattle Company. The science, the technology, the sheer enormity of the operations for both the ranch and the feedyard was mind-boggling.

Kansas - prairie collage

We hear so many buzzwords nowadays, about our meat supply, and about our food supply in general; it was really neat to experience a small part of the story behind the cattle there in Kansas. The diet that the cattle are fed at the Tiffany family’s feedyard is so precise, it puts any diet you or I have ever tried to shame.

Debbie shared her definition of sustainability with us: “take care of the land, take care of the people, take care of the animals, and make money.”

Despite the fact that these ranchers obviously love what they do, in the end, if you aren’t making money, no business is sustainable. I loved seeing how much these ranchers love what they do and to hear how fortunate they feel to be able to do it.

Tomahawk steaks cooked chuckwagon-style on the Kansas prairie

We were treated to a chuckwagon dinner cooked by Cowboy Kent Rollins and his wife Shannon. There aren’t enough superlatives available to describe just how great our meal was. The dinner was centered around tomahawk steaks (a.k.a. cowboy steaks) that were cooked to absolute perfection.

There was no way I’d be leaving a bite of that meal behind. Who knows when I’ll have the opportunity to eat another steak of that caliber? So, I will tell you now that it was amazing to the last bite.

Creamy Hominy with Green Chile was one of the sides served alongside those steaks. As soon as I took a bite, I looked at Rebecca and said, “Oh yeah, this needs to be shared on the blog.”

Creamy Hominy with Green Chile and Kielbasa - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Even if you aren’t already a fan of hominy, I challenge you to try this dish. Prior to this, the only recipe I’ve ever used hominy in is New Mexican Posole. While we enjoy posole every holiday season, this dish is completely different.

My intention was to share Cowboy Kent’s recipe with you, straight from his cookbook, however, I’ve never really been one to leave well enough alone.

I’ve added a sprinkling of extra spices, doubled down on my beloved green chile and added a pound of kielbasa sausage to make a full meal of it for my crew. If you’re like me, and posole is your only point of reference for hominy, you really need to try this.

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Creamy Hominy with Green Chile and Kielbasa - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Creamy Hominy with Green Chile and Kielbasa

Creamy hominy is baked with green chile and kielbasa in this easy one pan meal. recipe adapted from A Taste of Cowboy: Ranch Recipes and Tales from the Trail
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Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 14-16 ounces kielbasa sausage sliced very thin
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or bacon grease
  • 1 29-ounce can hominy, drained
  • 2 4-ounce cans green chile
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack or cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the kielbasa as thinly as possible, about 1/8-inch thick pieces, if possible. Chop the onion. Warm the oil or bacon grease in a large stainless skillet over medium high heat. Add the sausage and the onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sausage and the onions are lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Add the hominy and green chile to the kielbasa and onions. Stir to combine. Add the sour cream, salt, pepper, cumin, and cayenne to the skillet and stir to mix well. Bake for 30 minutes, until hot and bubbling. Remove from the oven, stir well, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 more minutes until the cheese has melted. Serve hot. Enjoy!
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As we ended our day on the Prairie, complete with a beautiful sunset, cowboys in the distance, and cattle lowing nearby, I felt like I was standing on the pages of a Zane Grey novel.

The beauty of that moment and the palpable love that these people have for their world was enough to take your breath away.

Cattle on the Kansas prairie

To see what goes into getting that cattle from gate to plate was an experience that I will never forget. I spent just four days in Kansas, but I feel as if I brought part of it home. I have learned so much and I want to share as much of it as I possibly can with you.

If I was not already the world’s biggest fan of Certified Angus Beef simply for the quality of the meat on my plate, I would be now after getting to know the brand and the people even better.

The people that work the ranches and care for these animals are my kind of people. Their love for family and their love for the land defines them.

GIVEAWAY

Because I’m currently infatuated with all things prairie and cowboy cooking, I’m giving away FIVE Lodge cast iron dutch ovens that you can use on the stove, in the oven, or over your next campfire. All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment on this post telling me what you might make first in one of these dutch ovens. ~GIVEAWAY CLOSED & WINNERS NOTIFIED ~

Giveaway ends Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 11:59 EST. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S to enter. This giveaway is sponsored by Barefeet In The Kitchen as my way of sharing my cattle ranching and day on the prairie experience with you. 

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. shelby says

    It was an incredible weekend and experience! I am so grateful to Certified Angus Beef for bringing me onto their team of influencers. They outdo themselves every time! It was great to finally meet you also 🙂

  2. Annie Ferkul says

    I would make my Grandma’s homemade vegetable beef soup in my new Dutch oven !!!!
    Yummm!!!!!😊😊

  3. Bobbie Asche says

    Love cooking with cast iron skillets. In Dutch Oven I would make pot pies, cobblers and stews

  4. Megan says

    Hi! It’s a tough decision, but I would either make macaroni and cheese or smores dip (orrr BOTH!) 🤤🤤

  5. Shelley Bagby says

    We love to camp! I would love to try that hominy recipe. I don’t cook with hominy much, just in my taco soup, but I love it.

  6. Sonja Marino says

    Oh what would I not make..I think the first thing I would make would be a stew. I know it is summer, but a stew with fresh summer veggies would hit the spot!

  7. Rosemary Williams says

    I love cast iron cooking and a great big pot of chili. One of my favorite things to cook in a Dutch oven.

  8. Laurel McGilvery says

    Cobbler, of course. It is fresh peach season here and I’ve been craving fresh peach cobbler with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.

  9. Laurie Moulaison says

    Oh what a great givaway! I’d like to try it on a camping trip with friends,what the heck,if the camping doesn’t work out, I’ll use at our next potluck!!

  10. Paula Tomacchio says

    I’ve been looking for a nice pot to cook chili. Plus, I’ve seen bread recipes that use a Dutch oven that look worth trying.

  11. Diana says

    I would make the pot roast dinner-pot roast, carrots, potatoes, green beans, diced tomatoes, tomato juice. Put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 3-4 hours,

  12. Lynn Zychowski says

    The first thing that comes to mind would be a big pot of beef stew! I’ve seen shows where they also made a cobbler in the cast iron dutch ovens and with seasonal fruits in the markets now, I would also make a cobbler to go with a pot of beef stew!

  13. Christine Poskus says

    Love your cowboy style of cooking, I’m gonna try your Posole its a little different than the one I make but looks yummy. Cant wait to make it in my new dutch oven hint hint

  14. Patsy says

    The first thing I would make is Stew with biscuits on the top. My Mom use to make this for us as kids and it is still a go to make for me.

  15. Kristine Kitchen says

    I would bake my grandmas beef stew in a dotch oven. It comes out perfectly in this amazing pot! I would also make a dorch oven apple crisp.

  16. Patricia Bruce says

    We like to try different types of baked beans. This would be the first of many dishes made in this Dutch oven.

  17. Julie says

    Honestly, I haven’t a clue what I’d make. I’d probably start by ordering Kents cookbook from Amazon or checking out Dutch oven cookbooks from our library to try, but as I type this I think a pot roast might be the first thing I’d make in one! Thank you for sharing!

  18. Danielle says

    That sounds like an amazing adventure and learning experience!
    I’d love to make some beef soup with braised short ribs for my husband when he gets home from an exercise in Germany. His favorite meal would be the perfect welcome home surprise.

  19. Teri Vowels says

    I would make chicken and rice that we used to cook over an open fire at Girl Scout camp when I was a kid. Would bring back great memories.

  20. Ashley M says

    I’d make Baked Beans with Pulled Pork! Perfect side to a Pulled Pork sandwich topped with Slaw!

  21. Eva says

    I would love to win a Lodge Dutch oven! I have a lot of cast iron pieces, but not a Dutch oven. And, thanks!

  22. Gina Brink says

    Im definitely gonna try this hominy dish! Ive never had hominy before! This dish sounds, and looks delicious! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  23. Lori says

    I have never used a dutch oven or known anyone that has one. After looking at this I found all kinds of recipes for beef and vegetables, lasagna, pizza, etc. It amazes me what you can cook in one. My first try would be beef and vegetables. My husband hates it cooked in a crock pot but I bet he would love the dutch oven version.

  24. Kelsey says

    If I win the dutch oven…I’m gonna make first the CREAMY HOMINY WITH GREEN CHILE AND KIELBASA….that looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it.

  25. Pam says

    If I won one of the five dutch ovens, I would make my 91 yr old Mom’s roast beef recipe with potatoes, carrots, and onions Love the smells and tastes of home.

  26. Gill says

    I would make homemade peach cobbler…see it on here and looks awesome with some vanilla ice cream

  27. Roxana Howe says

    I would cook stew, chili, baked beans and so much more! I am glad that you were able to visit one of the many cattle ranches in our beautiful Flint Hills! Truly one of the most amazingly beautiful places in the U.S.

  28. Tawnya says

    OMG….decisions….I would probably make vegetable beef soup or stew. Whatever I make I am sure it will be amazing! Have wanted one of these for YEARS!

  29. Ashley C says

    My future in laws have many family recipes and I would love to surprise them with this great gift and spend quality time learning secret family recipes and touch up on my cooking skills !

  30. Michelle says

    Cowboy beans for sure!!! Hamburger, bacon, and beans.. lots of different kinds of beans with some ranch dressing for seasoning.. yyyuuummmmmmyyy I can taste already..

  31. Carol Gray says

    Absolutely make a thick bean stew with every summer veggie I can find at the farmers market.

  32. Julie says

    I’ve never tried hominy before and your recipe sounds awesome, especially with the kielbasa, so I would make that first!

  33. Chris lowe says

    I would give this to my husband because he does all the cooking and is isearch of a new Dutch oven. He would probably make his beef stroganoff!

  34. Kelly Y. says

    There are so many recipes I would love to try in a Dutch oven but first thing that comes to mind is short ribs! Especially when we are camping!

  35. Amina Aeberli says

    Cast iron is extremely versatile, there are quite a few options!!! I think I would go for a slow cooked pork roast or some fried chicken with extra creamy mashed potatoes ❤️❤️

  36. Hilda Moss says

    I would make Cowboy beans– a great combination of baked beans (New England style) ground beef, bacon (!!!) and some everyday condiments.

  37. Monte Lundien says

    I would make your hominy recipe in the Dutch oven and bone in pork chops in my cast iron skillet!!!! Thanks for the story and the give away!!!!

  38. Rachel Joines says

    Pretty hard to choose the very first recipe, but this hominy recipe might be the top of the list.

  39. Melissa R. says

    I would make my Summer Chicken Chilli first, then I would attempt to make bread! Yum, I love outdoors cooking!

  40. Linda Palmer says

    I would make a pot roast – like Grandma used to make on top of the stove. It was the best!

  41. Aida says

    The first thing I would cook would be Caldereta, this is a traditional Filipino stew. Also, one of my husband’s favorite dishes.

  42. Glenda says

    No idea where I would start. I don’t have a stove top to oven pan, so right now I just dream and droll over recipes.

  43. Jennifer Knox says

    What to make first in a Dutch oven? Probably an Irish style beef stew. Been craving that lately. Nobody in my family wants to eat beef stew on a steamy summer day : )
    Red curry lentils is another tasty option for a Dutch oven.
    Your creamy hominy sounds delicious!

  44. Fawn says

    I would LOVE to make a traditional Dutch dish loved by my whole family called stampot! It has potatoes, carrots, bacon, metwurst and onions all mashed together. The recipe was given to me from my mother in law and the recipe states to cook in a Dutch oven but I don’t have one. I currently make things work by cooking everything in a deep stainless steel pot!

  45. Tiffany says

    I would be making some campfire cheeseburger soup for my ten month old that’s not very good at eating too many foods yet.

  46. Erica Wiggins says

    Loved reading about your adventure. I would definitely make some stewed chicken. I hope to win. Thank you.

  47. Kathy Houghtaling says

    I just started getting into cast iron skillets, that I have cleaned up from tag sales and would love to add an iron dutch oven. I want to try making a beef casserole in the oven or when we go camping I want to try making biscuits.

  48. Paul Hernandez says

    I’m a native born New Mexican, but a long time Californian and you had me talking cattle ranches, but especially POSOLE! My first meal will be Creamy Hominy with Kielbasa and Green Chile.

  49. Catherine martin says

    I would make peach cobbler trying to duplicate how my brother made by burrying the Dutch oven under hot coals… It was yummy..hot…smothered with vanilla icecream…

  50. Tim Wilmoth says

    Great story always wanted to try a chuck wagon coo out looked tasty. I would make fried chicken and try the hominy with green chile sounds good….

  51. Carla McGilvery says

    I would be interested in making this hominy casserole in a dutch oven. I’ve never seen such a recipe and I love hominy. I love trying new recipes!

  52. Carolyn Roberson says

    Hummm, I’d probably make a roast with veggies. A family favorite even for those with delicate tummies. Then I’d go all out with your recipe about for myself. My dad used to call me pepper belly. Lol.

  53. Mary Beth hacker says

    I would fix a roast and potatoes in it…It is our 40 th wedding anniversary, would be a great gift…

  54. Angela Poat says

    I would make green chili stew ! I love that stuff and as we all know everything tastes better cooked in cast iron . all we have ever uaed . all my momma ever cooked in .

  55. Lisa Anderson says

    I would celebrate winning by trying the creamy hominy casserole you shared. It looks yummy .

  56. Courtney says

    Since I’ve never tried, let alone heard of hominy, this would be the first meal I create in the Dutch oven:)

  57. Tammy B. says

    Chicken and stuffing. My all time favorite and can be made in the oven, crockpot, and with a Dutch!

  58. Valarie says

    That hominy recipe looks awesome, and definitely worth a try. I think I would probably make a pot of chili first though. I don’t own a Dutch oven, but I’ve been wanting to try one.

  59. Catherine Mihm says

    I think a peach cobbler in the Dutch oven with some vanilla bean ice cream would be a fine finish too a family meal.

  60. Jeff Graves says

    My mom made hominy when I was a child it was delicious. I’m going to try this it also looks delicious.

  61. Karen K Kitt-Chapman says

    I grew up on a self-sufficient (grew alfalfa, corn for ensilage, grain and the straw, big 2 acre garden and orchard) a cattle ranch in NE Washington State. We had cattle drives every spring to move 100 cattle with their calves 10-15 miles away from home on several different pastures on the Game Range. One of my all-time favorites is pot roast cooked in the cast iron dutch oven. Simple food for hardworking farm/ranchers. A big roast, onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, a little bit of water and Kitchen Bouquet. The meal simmered on the back burner on low all day. A batch of biscuits baked as the meat was sliced and put on a huge platter with the veg’gies. Brown gravy was made from the pan remnants. MMMM! Good memories. Other favorites were beef stew, pork stew (using home-made hominy) and chicken pot (like pot pie but biscuits added for dumplings,

  62. Cassie says

    I have been wanting a Dutch oven since I saw a cooking show demonstrating an old recipe for pork grillades. It looks like something my granny would have made, and I’m dying to try it!

  63. Melissa Logan says

    Great post! I have always wanted to try making a peach cobbler in a dutch oven. If I win…I will get my chance!

  64. Debra Townsend says

    Ohmygoodness… I’ve actually never cooked with a Dutch oven. I do believe I’d have to go back to the western movies and make me a big pot of beans. I’m not sure if I’d cook white bean or red beans but I can’t imagine either would be a bad choice 🙂

  65. Maggie Leibhart says

    I would love to take one of these bad boys camping. I would make cakes like my dad did when i was younger. Peach cake sounds so good right now.

  66. Linda Vernon says

    I would love to try that creamy hominy!!!
    Yellow is my favorite..
    Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity to win..
    I enjoyed all the photos in this post..
    Thanks for sharing those as well

  67. Shawn says

    Thank you for the contest! If I win I will be making the Creamy hominy with green Chile and kielbasa. It looks so yummy! And then I will surprise my mom with the meal and the lodge cast iron Dutch oven. She works hard and deserves a nice surprise. 😍

  68. Debby says

    I make many loafs bread every week for a group of rehabilitated men that have just gotten out of prison. Another Dutch oven would be an amazing help.

  69. Megan Scianna says

    That recipe sounds and looks delicious! I would make my family’s chili recipe in the Dutch oven. It’s a hit with our friends and family and everyone always asks when I’m planning on making it.

  70. Mona Walton says

    I would love to have one to make a big batch of brown beans, ham, and onions. That is a big comfort food for us since we were young. Brings back good memories!

  71. Lynn H. says

    The first thing I would make? One of my favorites… ham chowder!! I’m drooling at the thought of having that first bite. 🙂

  72. Melinda larsen says

    I have never had a cast iron oven…..I really like the idea of using it in the oven.. even though cooking and baking is a hobby that makes me happy, I’m not sure what I’d start with. We have a lot of pot lucks with friends….so I think I’d try a pot luck dish…..

  73. Audrey Hoff says

    I would make stew, roast beef, and many other yummy dishes! Would try your creamy hominy casserole as well.

  74. Julie Smith says

    My mama’s baked bean recipe. Then I’d like to try your hominy recipe. A pot roast and cobbler would follow.

  75. Lisa Smith says

    When I was younger, my family was really involved in scouts and I remember getting to help cook with Dutch ovens. My favorite was the Dutch oven cobblers. So that is what I would make with one.

  76. Janice Cross says

    What a fun time! I would have to make a hearty beef stew in this Lodge cast iron Dutch Oven!

  77. Edith says

    I would make what my family calls Swiss steak. So delicious and easy. Cut round steak into individual serving sizes. Salt and pepper both sides of steak. Dredge in seasoned (salt & pepper) flour. Brown on both sides ( don’t cook through).
    Thin slice a large white onion. Add Two cans cream of mushroom soup. And onions to Dutch oven. Submerge browned steaks into the “gravy”. Cook at 350 degrees F with lid on. Bake about 30 minutes then stir. Return lid and bake an additional 30 minutes. Serve over mashe potatoes, rice or noodles.

  78. Robert Lisowski says

    Well…I am a huge fan of ethnic cooking. I love old Polish recipes. I have always wanted to make a Polish Hunter’s Stew which generally contains multiple game meats such as rabbit, along with pork and veal. Cabbage and wild mushrooms are staples to this dish, along with sauerkraut. That would be my first dish in the Dutch Oven.

  79. Sarah says

    I would make a beef roast. I’d brown the roast on high, reduce heat, then shake salt and pepper on all sides, and then cover each side with horseradish. (I use a small jar of straight horseradish.) Then I’d cook on low for a few hours. At some point I’d add my vegetables. It’s making me hungry just typing this!

  80. Katherine Herron says

    Since I watched so many cowboy movies as a kid, I had brothers, it seems right to make stew as the first recipe. It always looked so good when they made it on TV!!! LOL

  81. Diane Sexton says

    I would make a beef stew. A cast iron Du
    tch oven would be great to make it in. The one I have is an old aluminum one. Thanks.

  82. Megan says

    This would be my very first Dutch oven. I would make a pot roast with carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, garlic, fresh thyme and parsley, and of course lots of red wine! It would be accompanied with a loaf of crusty French bread.

  83. Maggie Warren says

    I would pot roast wild ducks or perhaps Cajun style smothered chicken with corn maque chou or garlic stuffed pork roast or……..

  84. Elizabeth Rogers says

    I would make a giant pot roast. My mom used one of these to cook in when I was little, but when she passed away, we couldn’t find it. Thanks for the opportunity.

  85. Jenna Tangowski says

    I would definitely make chilli on my bbq or smoker!! Or a filet mignon w herb butter on the bbq. To many choices lol

  86. Morgan says

    Amazing contest! I would either make mac n cheese or my moms stew and dumplings. Good luck everyone!

  87. Nina strand says

    I would make a roast. 🙂 and use it when camping on the camp fire!!!! Please pick me!!⛺🔥

  88. Lisa says

    I think I would either make a beef stew, macaroni & cheese or roast chicken & veggies – too tough to decide.

  89. Maya Armijo says

    Girl!! What a great post. I felt like I was there with you! I would make that very recipe you just posted. Sounds AMAZING and of course the only time I have used hominy is in posole, hahaha! Love you!

  90. Barbara Vaccaro says

    I’ve seen recipes for making bread in a Dutch oven – I think I’d try that first. Can’t use my big soup pot for the recipe. …. Needs a real cast iron Dutch oven

  91. Jennifer says

    I will be trying this recipe & would love for it to be the first thing I made in a brand new Dutch oven! I have been wanting a Dutch oven forever but have been overwhelmed by the choices.

  92. Rachael says

    Wow that’s a tough decision. Probably make a big pot of chili first but eventually I would love to make biscuits and gravy while camping.

  93. Donna says

    Chili. I would make chili first because I remember loving my mom’s best when she made it in her cast iron cookware.

  94. Brenda Littlefield says

    I would love to have one of these Dutch ovens….so many things I would make starting with braised short ribs then applesauce and then baked beans! Many other recipes as well!!

  95. Robbin says

    Sounds like a wonderful experience… I can totally see my famous beans coming to life in the Dutch oven!!!

    Thanks for always making my mouth water and the encouragement to try new things.

  96. Linda zellers says

    Planning to make this. we’re going camping in a couple of weeks. Looks so good and a easy recipe for supper.

  97. Cora says

    Thanks for the opportunity! I would use it to make crusty bread. The cast iron gives it such a different finish!

  98. Tracy says

    Braised beef and summer vegetables! I’ve never owned a Dutch oven but have really wanted to get one! They’re so versatile.

  99. Tammy Gibson-Smith says

    I would make my great grandmas homemade goulash she was the best cook I hope I can do her recipe justice

  100. JoAnn Janssen says

    The first thing I would make is baked beans!! I love all beans. I was raised on a farm and am greatful everyday for my parents giving me such a wonderful childhood.

  101. Diane Larson says

    After reading this I would definitely be trying your hominy recipe! I have never tried it but this sounds delicious!

  102. Peggy Bayer says

    I would make a pork roast with applesauce over it on a campfire. I had this once years ago at a Renaissance festival and it was amazing. Thanks for the chance to win!

  103. Connie Bobb says

    The first thing I am going to make if I should win is my mother’s gumbo. She passed in 2001 and I really want to cook a big pot and have my brothers and sisters over.

  104. April says

    I am not sure what I would make. I do not own one or have ever used one. I would have to look up what to make in it.

  105. Diane Ritzow says

    I would make something I fell in love with that was available only at a little market nearby. It is quite similar to the hominy recipe that you posted. ( I have been trying to copy ( and tweak) this to my family’s taste. It is a creamy corn and green chilies ( no sausage though… but in thinking about it that may be just what is missing !) It is made with fresh roasted corn and Pasilla (sp?) chilles… finished with 1/2 & 1/2. I tell you… it is to die for !

  106. Alice E says

    I would probably make cornbread first, and wait for dishes like ham & beans until it had been seasoned for awhile. Glad you enjoyed your trip. My Grandad was a rancher on a small ranch and my Dad also spent time ranching, but as the article says if you can’t make it pay it won’t last. I am glad so many families are still working hard to provide beef for all or us. I have many happy memories of going out on horseback to help check or move cattle. Your pictures are a wonderful reminder. Thanks for your lovely article and the memories it stimulated.

    The hominy dish sounds very interesting and distinctly yummy!

  107. Deborah Meloy says

    If I received a Dutch oven I would make a cobbler, because my husband of 40 years loves them. And sorry to say I haven’t made one in years. He loved going to boy scout events with my son, now 36 so he could have more than one serving from the mothers who were hood at doing this. Thanks

  108. Amy Stamper says

    A nice roast & veggies. I also would love to make some no knead bread in it. Very nice giveaway! Thank you…

  109. Sally Westbrooks says

    Hello, The first thing I would make would be a Pot Roast with Celery,red potatoes and onions with a Brown gravy.. can wait to own a Dutch oven ..thanks for the opportunity

  110. Danielle says

    I would love to cook my hamburger soup in the Dutch oven. This is a recipe that I have perfected over the years and my family is crazy about it!!

  111. Allison Taylor says

    I’m an avid bread Baker and I know Dutch ovens are some of the best cookware to use when making artisan bread. My specialty is sour dough and I do ok using a baking stone, but I know it would be a ton better if baked in a Dutch oven. I hope I win because I’ve been wanting one forever and I recently graduated college and I am between jobs, so it’ll be awhile before I can afford one myself.

  112. Trina Nilest says

    I would love to make the hominy casserole!!! My husband loves hominy and I’ve never been a huge fan of it but that recipe looks delicious! 🙂

  113. Stacy Barlow says

    I remember mom making peach cobbler in a Dutch oven every year we went camping. I want to start that tradition with my new family for the best memories!

  114. Katina roy says

    I’ve never owned a Dutch oven always wanted go try one . Whole chicken I would try out . K. Roy

  115. Jill T. says

    My Mamaw Truelove’s great pinto beans. When I was a “know it all teenager” I thought I would never eat another pinto bean. She cooked them everyday for the first 16 yrs of my life. Now that she has passed & I know better, I really miss Mamaw’s beans…

  116. Crystal Spangler Mital says

    I’d love to make a big ol’ pot of beef stew! This dutch oven would make it delicious!

  117. Susan S says

    Since I have a cast iron pan and Dutch oven WITHOUT lids, and need to always concoct some – sort of lid,I would cook a big roast. . Slow and low,to perfection!

  118. Stephanie S. says

    I would make my grandma’s chicken n dumplings! Then I would definitely expand to many other recipes. I’ve never had a Dutch oven so I always improvised with what I had for recipes calling for use of one.

  119. Valerie Parkin says

    Soup…I would made soup. Turkey with homemade noodles, potato, split pea, bean, beef barley, taco, lots of soup.

  120. Amanda Ziegler says

    Definitely a huge pot of chili & cornbread! I’ve never tried hominy before but… this recipe has be intrigued!

  121. Pat says

    I found a recipe, called Cowboy Stew, can’t wait to make this for a family get-together, and I believe a Dutch oven, would be the perfect pot to make it in, thank you Mary, for all your great ideas

  122. Alicia says

    I would make what I call my mix and match. Just a mix of beef, veggies, and spices. Match it with tortillas, salad, tacos, or by itself. It’s great four picky readers and those who can’t make up their minds.

  123. Karen J says

    What a wonderful experience! I just bought a few Certified Angus Beef NY Strips this morning, so reading this was very timely. The ranchers you spent time with sound like great people.

    I also FINALLY discovered where I can purchase frozen tart cherries in my area this morning. They’re actually a tart and sweet cherry blend, but I think they’d make a yummy cherry cobbler, so the first thing I’d make in a new Dutch Oven would be a cherry cobbler. The cherries are in my freezer…just need the Dutch Oven. 🙂

  124. Pam Counsell says

    I do not have a Dutch Oven, but I have always wanted one with the tripod stand to have for picnics and cookouts! I’m not sure what my first attempt would be, there are so many things I would like to try!

  125. Nancy Ramsay says

    This looks and sounds so delicious. I’m always looking for one pot meals and I can’t wait to try your Creamy Hominy w/Green Chile and Kielbasa. I have a variety of recipes for kielbasa and this truly sounds yummy. Sounds like a recipe that I might take to our family reunion. ~thanks for sharing.

  126. Heater Knight says

    I would love to try chili and corn bread in a Dutch oven! Who am I kidding, I would try cooking ALL OF THE THINGS in there. Chili, soups, stews, casseroles, breads, squash, desserts. …. I want to cook something new in there every day! Winning one would be amazing and I wouldn’t let it go to waste.

  127. Denize car says

    Popcorn,! I love my popcorn popped on the stove. It would be a great first simple dish in a my new dutch oven. <3

  128. Tammy says

    I’m thinking baked beans…
    I married into a Kansas ranching family that has been ranching since the late 1800s. It’s a rich and wonderful heritage!!

  129. Tressa McGinty says

    I’ve never owned a Dutch oven before and have always wanted one. It is hard to pick just one, best I can do is narrow it down to two: Dutch oven bread or Dutch oven peach cobbler either of which my whole family would Love. Really enjoy your blog!!

  130. Linda Fowler says

    Hi, I would love a Dutch . My Mom used hers for chili, soups, pot roast, goulash, and stew. My first recipe would be Hungarian goulash.

  131. Karri john says

    TY,, I would love to make my grandmas pot roast and all that goes in the 1 pot recipe she made in her Dutch oven we had every Sunday evening for supper…very yummmmmy

  132. Leslie B says

    I’m thinking something sweet…maybe peach or summer berry cobbler to use all of the awesome summer fruit available right now!! 🍓🍑

  133. JEAN CAGLEY says

    I would love to cook some pinto beans with ham and add a pan of buttermilk cornbread with onions and tomatoes on the side….now I’m hungry.

  134. Angela Simeone says

    I would love to own a Dutch oven . My first meal for my family would be a pot roast with vegetables!

  135. Bethany Stephens says

    I’ve always wanted to try and braise short ribs but we never seem to have the money for a decent dutch oven! If we win this, that is exactly what I would do 🙂 My 5 year old daughter is a picky eater but she loves ribs. Thank you in advance!

  136. Rick Studebaker says

    I will do what I normally do in this situation…. I have never cooked with a Dutch oven, so I will Google or You Tube recipes for using this and see what pops out!

  137. Gina Nichols says

    I was a single mom for 28 years, I finally found a wonderful man. We had been married for 2 month’s when he had a stroke. I would make my new husband liver and onions his favorite!

  138. Joyce Hartman says

    Duchess Penne is “my” take on a side dish I was served at a wedding dinner. It’s made with onion, basil, tomatoes, butter, milk, cream of cheddar soup, parm cheese and penne pasta. I make it in a large cast iron fry pan on top of the stove and always bring an empty pan home. Would love a cast iron Dutch oven so I can make more!

  139. Stacy says

    What an incredible offer, thank you!! It’s a toss up between a dumpcake style dessert or that new hominy recipe you just posted!

  140. Pam Glover says

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing them, and your adventure. The recipe looks delicious too! I would love a cast iron Dutch oven for a campfire cobbler 🙂

  141. Sandra O'Donnell says

    Sounds like your trip to Ohio was fantastic. Winning the Dutch oven would be a timely event…I would first use it for my Beef and Veggie Stew dish.
    Ii love the versatility of its use..

  142. Carol Peterson says

    First, I would make a chuck roast. The recipe is called On-Again, Off-Again Pot Roast by Margaret Fox. My second creation would be your recipe, above. It sounds magnificent!

  143. Becky Davies says

    I would make a delicious triple berry cobbler. Just love having baked desserts made out in the open and shared with family and friends. Summer days. Great times. I don’t have a Dutch oven, other than my inside baking one. Would love to have one for these get together times. Thanks!

  144. Catherine Farrell says

    The Irish in me wants a big pot of Irish stew, made with lamb and Guinness and simmered all day!

  145. Taya says

    I would make creamy chicken noodle soup, and a loaf of crusty bread! Both are fabulous in the Dutch oven!!

  146. Ivy Dawkins says

    First thing that came to mind would be my Dads stuffed pork chops or his delicious chicken and corn meal dumplings. A wonderful memory from when I was a child.

  147. Michelle Breit says

    I would love to make beef stew. My husband works long hard hours and needs something hearty to come home to. Ive wanted one for years just been battling health issues but I’m finally getting better enough to cook again which I love!

  148. Renee says

    I have a crusty bread recipe that I’d love to try in a Dutch oven! Fresh, homemade bread is the BEST! 🍞

  149. TONY SUCCI says

    The first thing I would make in the Dutch oven is my moms green chile casserole recipe. I usually make it using corningware and bet it would turn out amazing in the cast iron!

  150. Caileb Greene says

    I want to try and make a pasta of sorts! I’ll make it as cheesy as possible, and probably pretty spicy, too. I have a super tasty hot sauce called Trini Pepper Sauce, so I’ll use the slightly less hot green version. it’s still very hot, hahah, so I’ll only use a little bit. It’ll be dang good though!

  151. Melanie Glenn says

    I’d love to see be to make a whole roasted chicken for my family, or a pot roast with potatoes and all the fixings!

  152. HAWA HUTCHINS says

    I will definitely be making jollof rice it’s an African dish, very delicious! It’s a combination of rice, beef, chicken, shrimp, onion, tomato paste, mix vegetables. Then you put it in the oven to slow cook.yummy!!!!

  153. Brenda says

    I’ve never owned a Dutch oven. First thing that comes to my mind is peach cobbler! A gentleman at our deer camp used to make one in a Dutch oven. Sounds delicious 😋 🍑

  154. Jeanie Smith says

    I would cook a low and slow beef pot roast in the Dutch oven. I don’t currently have one and would love to have it.

  155. angela cook says

    Definitely would make my hubbys favorite Sunday night chuck roast with potatoes and carrots

  156. Glenn Walls says

    Well, I’m not a big chili eater but my family loves it so I would probably make them a big pot of cowboy chili guaranteed to be hot stuff!!

  157. Deanna Bryan says

    I would make beef stew first, then chili!
    Sounds like a wonderful experience that you had!

  158. Donna Maxwell says

    I would make beef stew in a brand new Dutch oven op top of our wood stove. Since I live in upstate New York we have quite a few cool days!

  159. Kim Davenport says

    We just bought a very used pop up camper, but we are excited and can’t wait to try it out…. I would think if I won a Dutch oven, it would be some kind of stew over a campfire!!!

  160. Randy Smith says

    Wow. How cool. I am a fan of Cowboy Kent Rollins from his time in Food Network competitions.
    If I win one of the dutch ovens, I think I would have to cook an Angus Beef Roast in it rubbed with a coffee and pepper rub.

  161. Jen B. says

    Ooo, I think I’d make some Bolognese sauce, or maybe a thick, hearty beef stew with some homemade sourdough bread to go with!

  162. lani says

    I would make short rib, pulled pork, chili verde, risotto, even a whole roasted chicken! so much to do with a dutch oven! i would love to try it out!

  163. Caryn Zent says

    I know it’s summer, but I have really been wanting beef stew! That’s what I would make . 😊

  164. Pearl M. Estepp says

    If I won one of the Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Ovens, I would definitely make a beef roast for dinner. When you braise meat in cast iron, it browns the meat beautifully and leaves such great drippings for making gravy. I would definitely make a beef roast with mushrooms and gravy. I think I would make the hominy recipe (minus the kielbasa) as a side dish for the roast and maybe a nice tossed salad. My mouth is watering at the thought of what a delicious dinner this would be. Thank you for sharing the hominy recipe. I will definitely try that one of these days soon.

  165. Stephanie Llamas says

    Just one? Lol
    A pot of chili on a rainy day with cornbread in a 10″ skillet.
    A pot of potato soup with crisp bacon, cheese and green onion.
    Pot Roast , baby carrots, potato and onions and yeast dinner rolls.
    Cabbage Rolls.
    Stuffed Peppers.
    Mac and cheese.
    Cobbler.
    I could go on and on

  166. Emilie says

    The first thing I would make is a farmers breakfast on the campfire! My favorite breakfast made the best way!

  167. Andrea Oliver says

    Thanks for this opportunity!
    I would love a Dutch oven to make a delicious roast with yummy pots onions carrots and turnips!
    I have always wanted a Dutch oven to bake up a delicious mac and cheese or tuna casserole!
    Or what about a taco casserole?
    Many many ideas!!! Thanks again!

  168. Larry says

    We enjoy hominy and this dish sounds excellent. You were really lucky to have a master chuck wagon cook prepare your meal. We have a friend who competes in local cooking contests. My first dish will be our beloved cowboy fried potatoes.

  169. Karen Dear says

    Our family LOVES country style ribs and sauerkraut done in the Dutch oven. At the very end, I drop homemade dumpling dough on top of the boiling liquid for a perfect finish! Thanks for the opportunity to win a new one! Have a great day!

  170. Lisa says

    I would make a big ole pot of beans with cornbread on the side. Or maybe a pot roast with all the veggies😀 I

  171. Stephanie Phelps says

    I would love to cook up some cabbage with ham in this wonderful pan first if I won one!

  172. Dolores Moore says

    love hominy, thanks, and would love a skillet and would fix a blackberry cobbler, my favorite dessert! 🙂

  173. Linda S says

    The first thing I would try is an Artisan Crusty bread. I have wanted to try the recipe but do not have a cast iron Dutch Oven! Also served with the bread would be your Creamy Hominy with Green Chile and Kielbasa dish. It sounds yummy!

  174. Lisa says

    I’ve never owned a Dutch oven but I love your blog so much that I’d be hunting for a recipe there. And after reading this , it will need to include beef! 🙂 yum

  175. Linda Bacon says

    I love hominy and have since I was a kid. I cant seem to get my grandkids to try it though. Since your recipe has meat , cheese and sour cream, I think I could get them to try it. So this would be the first thing I would make in it. I love my cast iron skillets! I would love to have a dutch oven!

  176. Debbie Rump says

    I would love to win one of these Dutch ovens and I think I would try to duplicate my grandmother’s blackberry cobbler. She had layers of berries with layers of pie crust between!

  177. Patti-Ann Kubacki says

    Thank you for this giveaway. I would probably make a beef stew in mine. The long cooking process is great for this type of pot and it adds some much to the taste. Thank you.

  178. Linda Genung says

    Love my cast iron cookware! We have a Lodge cast iron dutch oven that is used to fry fish, hush puppies, chicken wings and so much more. It is really difficult to say what the first recipe I would use in the dutch oven, but I do believe it would be a pot of pinto beans to make home made chili. Thanks so much for the chance to enter your contest. Have a great July 4th.

  179. Sue Miller says

    Zac Brown Chili. I won 1st prize at our annual chili cook-off with his recipe. Sure it would be even better in a Lodge Dutch oven. Love your site. Keep up the great work!

  180. Lisa Langsteiner says

    Sounds like your experience was incredible and definitely a memory that will always be with you.
    First thing i would definitely maje would be homemade cornbread in a cast iron skillet 👏🏻😊

  181. Kim Archer says

    Chicken and dumplins , cobbler, chili and a number off yummy foods. Love cooking in my grandmothers old dutch over………….

  182. Pam says

    Well, without a doubt I would make one of our favorite recipes of yours—Hearty Mexican Beef and Vegetable Stew. Then, I will make the Spicy Three Bean Chili with Beef and Bratwurst. I would love to have a cast iron pot in which to make these dishes that we make regularly. Thank you!!!!

  183. Laura Long says

    I love making homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup, but my current largest pot is just not quite big enough. I always end up having to split it up between two pots instead. My family loves it but I don’t make it very often because of this. Thank you for considering me for the giveaway! I enjoy your posts and recipes!! 😋😋😋

  184. Lynn Van Maaren says

    Oh yum, I can hardly wait! 5 hour beef stew, a hearty, tender, flavorful meal, with homemade bread and peach cobbler. I will be waiting for the big surprise. Thank you for this special offer, feeling grateful!

  185. Juliana says

    There are so many things that I would love to make in that Dutch oven. I am thinking macaroni and cheese, a good old-fashioned roast with potatoes and carrots, probably more like a stew, and this hominy casserole it sounds fantastic.

  186. S. Cummings says

    My mom used cast iron skillets for everything. I would love to have some fried chicken like I had then. Another favorite on an open fire was cobbler so I’d like to make one. I love reading your posts.

  187. MaryB says

    As a hominy lover, I would definitely be trying this recipe! I am always on the lookout for a new recipe using hominy.

  188. Hazel Barrow says

    If I was fortunate enough to get one of the Lodge cast iron dutch ovens, the first thing I would made in it would be Creamy Hominy with Green Chile and Kielbasa that you so lovingly shared with us! The recipe sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  189. Frances Gunn says

    I had a dutch oven and my next door neighbor wanted to make a recipe using it so I gave the oven to her. Have regretted it ever since so I would love to have another one and some cowboy stew sounds good to me. I am anxious to try the new Hominy casserole. As a child my mother served hominy for breakfast with eggs and bacon or sausage. I have never tried it any other way. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes and stories.

  190. Sharon says

    I would make a big batch of chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, spicy! I really enjoyed reading about your cattle ranch adventure. I would love to have gone!

  191. Sylvia Jones says

    I would make a pan of corn bread. My grandmother used cast iron all the time. I grew up with them. I would love to have one of the pans. Thank you.

  192. Marilyn Snyder says

    I think I would make biscuits. They are delicious made in a cast iron, but since I
    don’t have a dutch oven, I would sure enjoy the thrill of it. You know, maybe even
    make a Peach Cobbler. Ummm doesn’t that sound delicious?
    I sure am anxious to try the Hominy Casserole. I’ve eaten a version of this one,
    at the family reunion, but am anxious to put sour cream in it and lots of green
    chilies.
    Thank you for your blog, I sure enjoy the laughter and the recipes are always
    delightful.

  193. Patsy Nicholson says

    I would have a fish fry, my dad use to cook fish in a cast iron pot and they were delish, I use his recipe but don’t have a CI pot and it is not the same!!

  194. Cathy Ivester says

    I would make a hot fudge cake. I have afriend that made a cherry hot fudge cake over a fire using one.

  195. Angela Steinberg says

    Never having eaten hominy before, I think I’d like to try making your recipe for
    Creamy Hominy with Green Chile and Keilbasa in the cast iron Dutch oven! The photos make it look appealing and the recipe can’t get any easier!

  196. Sandra Davenport says

    I would definitely make what has been called fry pan apple pie in my new pan if I were to win it. these pans can be used for cooking almost any dish either on the top of the stove or in the oven or over a nice outside firepit.

  197. Phyllis Cleaver says

    I love cooking with cast iron! I’m very fortunate to have the muffin pan, 2 skillets and corn muffin that was my mothers…Bless her as she is now 97 years young! I would love to be lucky enough to win one of the Lodge dutch ovens as I have never cooked in Lodge but have heard lots of good things about them. Also, can’t wait to try your recipes for the Hominy Kielbasa casserole! Can’t wait to try it!

  198. Michelle Rezulak says

    I would definitely make the Hominy Casserole in the new Dutch oven. Your trip sounded amazing. Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope I win so I can do cowboy cooking 🙂

  199. Phyllis Schmitz says

    My choice would be hearty beef stew with lots of veggies,
    onions and garlic. Can almost smell it cooking!

  200. Adrienne Kauffman says

    First on my list to cook in my new Lodge Dutch oven would be my grandmother’s recipe for baked beans that I have modified over the years. Being able to turn out a tasty plate of beans in delicious sauce and corn bread has kept my marriage strong for 55 years.

  201. Kathleen C Dunca says

    That pot is just screaming for chili!! I love cast iron, but just use my lone skillet. A nice pot of chili, even in warm weather would go with hotdogs on the grill. Plus, I am going to be making the Creamy Hominy dish this evening. That looks great.

  202. Peg Parker says

    The first thing I would make would be your recipe for Creamy Hominy with Green Chili and Kielbasa. I have had a can of hominy for a long time and never knew what to do with it. Your recipe solved that for me and also sound delicious.

  203. Carol Query says

    This is a difficult decision to make, but I would first make bread in the dutch oven. Baked cowboy beans is my second recipe to cook in the dutch oven. I would not have a problem deciding where to store it because it would always be on the stove ready for the next recipe.

  204. sandy mccune says

    I love cast iron. It is so versatile. My first meal would probably be a chuck roast with roughly cut vegetables. Love your blog and your cookbook. YUM.

  205. Joanne says

    What a fun looking trip! When I saw the subject line with Hominy, I immediately thought of my mom. It has been years since I have eaten hominy, and would cook your recipe featured today.

  206. Roxane says

    Great story and beautifully written. Thanks for sharing both the story and the recipe with us. My first dish would be your Creamy Hominy Casserole. Hominy is one of my absolute favorites and good recipes have been far and few between.

  207. Janet Tudman says

    I would be making my favorite soups and live hominy so definitely be making the creamy hominy casserole.

  208. Sioux Fleming says

    I think the first thing is make is Lentils cooked in red wine, modified from The Savory Eay, Deborah Madison.

  209. Pam Bowman says

    cobbler or cornbread! can’t stop there, chocolate chip cookie, dinner rolls, hash browns, ok, I will not bore you with a complete list….

  210. Toni Steinbuchel says

    I really enjoyed reading about your trip to Kansas since I was born and raised there, and still consider it home even tho I have lived in Az for 27 years! Beef stew always comes to mind when I think about Dutch ovens, but I might have to wait for cooler weather!

  211. Marlys Wasson says

    As a citizen of South Dakota I know all about Prairie Life. Where I was born it is Prairie. Love you recipes.

  212. Sharon C says

    If I am fortunate enough to win one of those Lodge dutch ovens, I am gonna make some dutch oven smokehouse chicken! Or, cabbage sausage stew…..or PA Dutch chicken pot pie…..or…..

  213. Tiffany Silva says

    I have been dying to make some good peach cobbler in a new Dutch oven! With it being over 105 degrees in California we have been trying to escape by going camping! What dessert screams summer and camping more than peach cobbler!!! Hoping to win and make some on our next camping trip!

  214. Heather G says

    I would definitely cook a pot of cowboy chili. Even though it’s a billion degrees in AZ, it will be a welcomed meal for sure!!

  215. Jacqi Lovell says

    Oh my gosh, ever since I lost mine in a move I have missed my cast iron! So much can be made in it, but probably would try my baconand ham cheesy grits casserole first.

  216. Sandy F. says

    My mother made the best beef roasts in her Dutch oven. I might try that, if only for the memories.

  217. Rita Spencer says

    If I won a cast iron Dutch oven I would make the bread recipe that I just got. It says to heat a Dutch oven in a 450 degree oven and then bake the bread. It’s the hard crust outside and tender soft on the inside.

  218. Carol Owen says

    Sean’s beans. White beans, with a lot of lemon and black pepper, smoked sausage and a seasoning pack..green and red bell peppers and onions..garlic powder…layers of flavor.

  219. Mary Ann Sturdevant says

    If I win and I will probably make the Hearty Italian Vegetable Beef Soup in it. I really love this soup!

  220. Colleen says

    Hi, my dad was a cowboy and taught me a lot of what I cook. His roast was done in a dutch oven. He pierced it in several places, put garlic cloves in and then seared in the pan on all sides before cooking in the oven. Best roast ever. So a roast would be my

  221. Sharon Witzell says

    I would make beef bourguignon. I’m French and this dish would be perfect in this Dutch oven.

  222. Karen E. says

    I would attempt to make scalloped potatoes like my mom. She never used a recipe but made the best potatoes in a cast iron dutch oven. It seemed she never ran out of food as all 6 kids plus wives/husbands/kids and grandkids and friends would eat at her house on Sunday. She has been gone for almost 20 years now and I still miss her and her cooking and the wonderful fellowship of family.

  223. Kim T. says

    I have never eatten hominy but my mom loved it when I was a child. Need to give it a try and this recipe looks great.

  224. Kim Cathey says

    I’d fry up a batch of extra-crispy fried chicken…now that I’d have a nice-sized vessel to hold all the oil I’d need to deep fry the chicken in.

  225. Linda Gilbert says

    I think I would like to try your Hominy Casserole. My hubby loves anything with hominy. I don’t have a cast iron dutch oven so winning a Lodge would be great

  226. Kristi Geere says

    Hey Mary! What an awesome experience you had and what a great recipe! I would make my white bean chicken chili in my cast iron dutch oven if I won. Would so love to have that!

  227. Judy Nichols says

    Nice blog. You must have had a great time just looking at the scenery, not to mention all the food and the opportunity to meet new people.
    I think the first thing I would make in the Lodge Dutch oven might be a beef pot roast or beef stew even in isn’t cold weather season yet. I make my beef stew topped with dumplings – helps to sop up all the yummy gravy.

  228. Linda Dyer says

    I would try your Creamy Hominy Casserole first. My Mother was from No. Carolina so we had hominy quite often when growing up. She just cooked, drained and put it into bowls and we put Maple Syrup over it. Haven’t had it much since, but this sounds really good.
    My husband has several of him Mom’s Lodge Cast Iron skillets and they are wonderful to cook in. He remembers her fixing meals in it.
    Both of our Mothers have been gone 21 years now, so this Lodge Dutch Oven would add to our collection and remind us of her using it.
    The one that Bob’s Mom had, his brother kept.
    Thank you Mary, I really enjoy your website and all your recipes.
    So glad you had such a good time on the Cattle Ranch.
    God Bless, Linda

  229. Lynette Wolmarans says

    I don’t have a clue what Hominy is but I am surely going to try and bake it! Can’t wait!

  230. John Hagen says

    Old fasion baked beans is what one of these cast iron dutch ovens are for. Cooked from scratch all day slow ans easy. Or some crackling corn bread.

  231. Susan Burton says

    The best thing I can think of is hot dogs and beans for a real camping experience. Easy enough for anyone to fix.

  232. Hope Hill says

    Great insight into the story of beef from ranch to table. Your travels looked very interesting and exciting. Can’t wait to make the recipe. I live in Texas and I am surrounded by beef so to speak. The first thing I would make would be baked beans however then a good beef stew.

  233. Mary Hodges says

    I don’t believe I’ve ever had hominy…but this recipe might be the one to get me started. It just sounds really yummy! Now as to a Lodge Dutch oven, I saw a recipe a while back that baked bread in a cast-iron Dutch oven, so that’s what I’d try first.

  234. Laura Moreno says

    I would make your 5 bean baked bean casserole. Mmmm they’re actually slow cookin in my crock pot as we speak (or type)

  235. Judy Kieschnick says

    Even though I can’t stand the thought of killing animals at all….those herds of deer who go through our flowerbeds and beautiful organic garden drive me to the thought of preparing deer meat chili in my wonderful Lodge cast iron Dutch oven! No deer killed at this home….will just continue to make beef chili. Yes please!! And thanks in advance for choosing me to win it! Love from Texas!!

  236. Cheryl Sawyer says

    I just checked out the cookbook and am ordering it! The first thing I would cook in the Dutch oven would be beef stew! Love cast iron skillets so this would be a blessing!

  237. JoAnne Fletcher says

    I don’t have any cast iron cookware. I use to have a couple of skillets, but what happened in my moves, I don’t know. Thanks for the recipe.

  238. jamie schnirch says

    I would like to try making bread in it. Thanks for this chance, and all the recipes you share. 🙂

  239. Dawn L says

    oh my goodness if I was lucky enough to win I would make homemade mexican refried beans. I’ve made them before and they were so delicious but I know in a cast iron dutch oven they would be unbelievable

  240. Jenice says

    I’d try your delicious Hominy chili stew! It sounds hardy and perfect for a cold winter evening..

  241. Donna Poole says

    This recipe sounds delicious!! I’d like to make a nice savory beef stew in a cast iron dutch oven over a nice campfire.

  242. Peggy Finley says

    I would love to be entered in the drawing for a Lodge cast iron dutch oven. I would definitely try your recipe for Hominy and Kielbasa casserole.

    Loved this article and your recipes!

  243. Shelly says

    I love cast iron cooking. Can’t beat fried chicken or Braised Short Ribs and one of those will be the first thing cooking! Thanks for having this drawing.

  244. Jan says

    I couldn’t wait to try the hominy recipe, so I would make beef pot roast and vegetables or beef stew.

  245. Starla says

    Yum, that looks delicious! I would definitely attempt my Nana’s cornbread if I were to win. She passed last May and she was the most special person in my life. Cornbread was totally her favorite. She had it 6 times weekly!

  246. Linda Bailey says

    Of COURSE I would have to ‘season’ my new win by whipping up that fabulous creamy hominy cassoulet!! I have always wanted one. Then I would try the famous Brown Betty but I think peaches would be good!

  247. Debra Croft says

    So many choices, yet since summer, I would do a meal layered.
    Would place stock with onions, garlic, on meat after browning in hot dutch, with thin slurry for gravy, adding additional h2o, or stock as needed.
    Bottom meat -roast & seasoned. Top is potatoes, next corn on cob (buttered).
    In aluminum foil, sprayed with non-stick, biscuits.
    Next, I would make a heavy duty dish, & make a thin layer pineapple upside-down cake.
    If done correctly, this can be made in 1 pot.

  248. Gail Cope says

    I’d make sherry braised short ribs in my Dutch oven. if you’ve never eaten short ribs you must try them made in a Dutch oven. They’re melt in your mouth delicious.

  249. Linda Hinkson says

    I would make every recipe that I can find that calls for a Dutch Oven..(maybe even some that doesn’t ).. This recipe sounds amazing… It would be my first choice…

  250. Karen says

    I have a recipe that also includes Kielbasa, potatoes and onions that would really work well in the Lodge cast iron oven. All of the food you had on this blog makes me drool! Going to a ranch looks to be a great experience. Living on the East coast is so different. Maybe someday I will get a chance to see a cattle ranch.

  251. Glynda Hannah says

    Really enjoyed your latest newsletter. Have always wanted to go on a trail ride. As to what I would cook. Definitely would be Angus steak.

    Thanks again for keeping in touch. Can’t wait for your newest book on Family and your monthly newsletter. They are both great.

    Glynda Hannah

  252. Pearl Bulach says

    I love not only your recipes but how you describe everything leading up to the recipe, very interesting.. I love them all. Will eventually get around to making them all.

    Thanks Mary..

  253. Sharon says

    1st on my list would be a large loaf of rustic bread with a pot of chili to follow. Now thats a meal to enjoy!

  254. Susan Walter says

    I would definitely try you Creamy Hominy with Green Chili in that pot. I enjoyed reading about your trip to Kansas. I am new to your blog and I look forward to reading more.

  255. Kathleen Guevremont says

    Well…I would make a peach cobbler dessert in that cast iron oven…with fresh Georgia peaches, and a sprinkling of chopped candied ginger added to the buttery pie crust. I can see the peach juices bubble around the edges of the crispy islands of crust, and the aroma is “woo-able”- it has a hint of cinnamon, ginger, and roasted peachs on a sweet, summery breeze and is mouth watering…mmm mmm mmmm

  256. Marie Kollmeyer says

    My favorite thing to make is a large pot of beef stew. My recipe uses red wine as it’s secret ingredient. A family favorite!

  257. Cheryl says

    Your hominy recipe sounds so good. I have never tried it. I think I would do white chicken chili.

  258. Angie Freeman says

    I would cook me some pinto beans in my Dutch oven. I would love to win it. I have a friend that has one & she loves her!!

  259. ML Carter says

    I might try the recipe for Creamy Hominy Casserole. I have honestly never used a “Dutch Oven” before!

  260. Karen Molinari says

    Bourbon peppercorn roast beef that my husband has perfected from his grandma’s recipe.

  261. Vicki says

    I would give the dutch oven to my daughter since she does not have one. We would cook together whole chicken in a pot. Its so moist and a easy dinner.

  262. Julie Owen says

    I would make a roast of some kind with all the vegetables with it..I’ve always wanted to use one to cook some kind of meat..Love your emails btw ,and beautiful pictures.. Thanks for sharing with us.

  263. Jeanie says

    Oh my gosh, Mary, I grew up in Wooster, Ohio, and my longtime childhood friend has worked at CAB for many years. What a delightful surprise to read your post today! My first meal in this Dutch oven would be a hearty stew for my beef loving husband who is from Texas and probably cut his baby teeth on beef 😉 I only buy CAB beef because it truly is so far superior to others.

  264. April was in CA now MA says

    I’d probably make this hominy dish, my mouth is watering! I love hominy, but realize reading your post I don’t use it nearly enough. This is going on my “to make soon” list. Your pictures are beautiful, what an amazing trip that was.

  265. Patricia VanHavermaat says

    I would “make” a friend happy and give her the Dutch oven with a copy of your cookbook. 😀

  266. Nora Boch says

    I am not sure what I would make in the dutch oven… there are so many choices! I believe it would be a soup, or something with fruit… or maybe even some type of casserole. The possibilities are endless!

  267. N Rogers says

    I’ve been wanting a Dutch oven for many years so I don’t know what I’d make first if I won one. Maybe your hominy casserole–it looks delicious!

  268. Chiska says

    We have a 7-up dutch oven chicken recipe that we love. Although we’ve been talking about trying to make a pie in one. So fun to read about your trip. I live on the outskirts of another cattle ranching part of the world and it’s still as amazing to me now as it was when I was introduced.

  269. Tammy Strasser says

    I have never used a Dutch oven before, so this would be a new experience for me. But I think I would research meals to make in them and find the tastiest meal, and try my hand at it!

  270. Carole says

    I think I’d make my gramma’s pot roast! She used a Dutch oven and it always came out mouthwatering perfect. I’d
    Ike to give it a try!

  271. Nancy Nielsen says

    The first thing I would try and make is your yummy looking recipe for Creamy Hominy with Gren Chile and Kielbasa, which sounds reallydelicious. I would also love to try a broccoli soufflé that a friend of mine make in her Dutch oven and was so good. I would be so excited to be the winner of one!

  272. Patricia Lafuente says

    What an exciting time you must have had on the cattle ranch! If I were to win the cast iron Dutch oven I would fix your creamy hominy with green chile and kielbasa as well as make peach cobbler when camping with my grandchildren. Sounds soooo good! I think they’d love it.

  273. Michele Moore says

    Dear Mary,
    One of the first things that I think that I would make would be homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch. Something about fresh roma tomatoes, onions, garlic, EVOO, basil and spices to remind me of when I was a little girl waiting for the sauce to be done enough for us to dip the heals of the Italian bread into it. I’ll be 71 and it seems like yesterday to reflect on Sunday dinner.

  274. Pam says

    This Dutch oven pot would be great for cooking two of my favorite dishes gumbo and red beans and rice.. 😋

  275. Carol says

    I would love to try a no knead bread recipe to go with an amazing beef goulash soup both cooked in the Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven.
    Thank you,
    Carol

  276. sharon koons says

    I love hominy, so the first ting I would made is your new recipe creamy hominy with green chile and kielbasa.. This recipe just might get my girls to eat hominy if not the more for me. Thank you.

  277. Ruth Ann Ryan says

    Oh boy!
    I’d love to win one. Had a great dutch oven, gave it to my oldest boy when he moved out.
    I’m a chicken lover, I’d start by browning a mess of chicken parts, add cut up potatoes, carrots, some small onions, and a can of chicken broth, season to taste, set it on the back of the stove and simmer away till the veggies are tender. Thicken the broth or not, your choice. ENJOY!

  278. Christine says

    This is a perfect time of year to make a big pot of baked beans for summer cookouts. And in this Dutch oven, they could be cooked on the stove top, the oven, or on the campfire! Thanks for this great giveaway, Mary!

  279. Micki Farino says

    Our family loves camping in the mountains, we have made wonderful friends over the years & often share meals with them all, we all camp together during the summer, our children have grown up together camping & now their children are making the same wonderful memories together. I would be making a huge pot of ranch beans over the fire in this pot. Enough to serve 20 friends & family.

  280. Jimmy W. Moore says

    Damn, a day late and a dollar short, or so they say! I’ve been following Kent Rollins and his videos about cast iron cooking. Today is October 31st, Halloween night, 2017 and I’ve just finished eating and cleaning up Rollin’s Hop-along Hominy. This is the first time I’ve made it and I used bacon and smoked sausage as my meat source. The rest of the ingredients, I followed his recipe. I used a 5 quart, deep cast iron pot with a lid and after browning the bacon on the side burner, placed the rest of the dinner inside of my Wilmington Grill. 350 for 25 minutes. Made my tongue slap my brains out!!!! My wife was really impressed. The next house I build, will not have an inside kitchen. Everything cooked outside. Sorry about missing your contest

  281. Erno Toth says

    Definitely want to cook the creamy hominy while out camping.It just sounds like good comfort food while in the outdoors