scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: One Pot Meals
Dan O'Canna (Dan.O'Canna@MAIL.STATE.KY.US
Wed Mar 29 2000 - 12:38:21 CST
Kevin Woods asked about 1 pot meals.
I'll give you two variations on a theme, and one extra
Chicken and Dumplings
In a 3 quart pot mix up 2 quarts of chicken soup. I prefer
to use a noodle mix like Lipton's (1 package and 2 quarts
water) or Knorr brand vegetable soup mix plus some bulk
noodles. The Lipton mix is designed to be with only a couple
of cups of water and served as a side dish, but it can make
a good soup base. To this add canned chicken. When back-
packing we have each person bring their own 5 oz can to
toss in the pot.
While the soup mix and chicken come to a boil mix up some
biscuit dough in a zipper type plastic bag. Mix it with a
bit less water than you would use when making biscuits, but
it should still hold together. When the soup mix boils add
the biscuit dough by spoonfulls to the top of the soup.
Reduce heat to simmer and cover.
Cook for 15-20 minutes, and don't peek. The dumplings may
fall if you do. It is still edible, but the dough is
No Bake Cobbler
Rehydrate dried fruit (apples, peaches, apricots or a mix
as you desire) by placing fruit in a 3 quart pot adding
sugar as desired and covering with water. Stew the fruit
on low heat, stiring often, untill it is rehydrated and soft.
Experiment to see how much sugar the fruit requires. I start
with 1 cup sugar to a package of dried fruit. You may need to
add additional water to keep the fruit from sticking.
Mix up standard biscuit dough with sugar and cinnamon. I use
a cup of sugar to two cups of Bisquick. When fruit is cooked
add the dough by the spoonful to the top of the fruit and
simmer on LOW heat for 15 minutes. Since there is a lot of
sugar in the fruit it can scorch if the heat is too high.
This makes a great dessert or breakfast treat.
Our troop does a lot of backpacking and 1 pot meals get kind
of boring. Dumplings can make the dish more interesting and
can be cooked on top of just about any 1 pot meal. They make
any dish more hearty and are a great source of carbos. They
will rise up about 2.5 to 3 inches so you have to leave
enough room for them.
Now the Extra:
On of my good buddies, Gayle Robinson, tells of the guys in
his troop planning Alfredo noodles and sauce for the dinner
meal. One of the Scouts, Bob, suggested adding a can of
peas to the mix. It was done, and the peas became "one" with
the noodle mix, leaving no sign of themselve except for the
most disgusting color one can imagine. The boys loved it, of
course. Alfredo Bob was a troop staple for years afterward.
Yours in the spirit of Scouting,
Dan O'Canna Lexington, Kentucky