Monday, March 28, 2005

Gathering of the Blogs and Carnival of the Campfires

I have to make a post for each and I thought to myself, "I'm a Scottish re-enactor, I can do both on the same post." This was a favorite in our group for a long time. However to feed a group of 16, you need to make a lot of this. This is some of the most delicious and filling dishes I've ever had. So much to my wife's chagrin I'm giving up a much sought after Highland Recipe.

    Minced Callops

  • 1 pound beef, minced
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups beef stock or broth
  • 2 cups Oatmeal, plain. (do not use any flavored oatmeal, if you decide to add flavored oatmeal, eat it at your own risk... Mmmmm Beefy, oniony maple and brown sugar. Drool)
  • Worcestershire Sauce, to taste
  • Salt
  • Pepper

In a well seasoned and oiled Dutch oven brown the beef and onions together. While browning sprinkle with Salt and Pepper to taste. Once browned, pour in beef stock, Sprinkle in oats and add Worcestershire sauce. Simmer slowly until oatmeal is cooked. If more liquid is needed, add it a little at a time. Stir frequently to avoid sticking. (Yes this will stick, think about it, you're making beef flavored oatmeal in a pot). Serve with a bottom layer of Mashed potatoes, colcannon, slices of toast or hard boiled eggs. Personally I recommend colcannon or Mashed potatoes. Serves 4

Clean up:

For quickest and easiest clean up. Scrape and wipe out as much of the left over Minced Callops out of the Dutch oven. Use wooden spoons and paper towels. Get it as much extra out as possible. Then turn the Dutch oven face down and throw on top of a well burning fire. Walk away for 2-3 hours. Pull off of fire using a Dutch oven tool or welders gloves. Using a straw whisk brush ash off of cooking surface. Re-oil, preferably with canola or vegetable oil. Try to avoid crisco as it will fester. Instead of using oil, try using bees wax. It's perfectly edible, it wont harm the metal AND it is completely tasteless. Make sure it is real pure bees wax and not synthetic/artificial.

I hope you all enjoy! Later this week Colcannon!

If you have Scottish blood, or just want to support your local Scotsman. Go join the Gathering of the Blogs! Duna' be a whussay l'il Anglishman. Gew gawther oop yer kilt 'n claymore and answer yon' fiery cruss. (No offense meant towards any English that visit. I know you're nice people. I can't blame you for your ancestors! :) j/k. )