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Ham and Cheese Gratin

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Ham and Cheese Gratin is simple and delicious.

Ham and Cheese Gratin

This was one of the very first Dutch oven campfire recipes I tried. I was still learning about how to cook in a cast iron Dutch oven over the campfire, and I wanted a recipe that couldn't fail.

I was delighted when it turned out perfectly! Every member of the family devoured the meal and asked for more.

This is perfect dish to make when you are first learning to use a Dutch oven. Since ham is precooked, it just needs to be warmed. When the potatoes are ready, you know that your meal is ready to eat.

You can do some of the prep work at home, as described below, or you can just bring everything to camp and do the chopping at your campsite.

At home

To do

  • Dice and package 1 onion.
  • Cube and package some cooked ham. You'll need 2 cups.
  • Grate and package 1 cup Cheddar cheese.

To pack


In food box

  • flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 large potatoes
  • bread crumbs

In cooler

  • butter
  • the diced onion
  • milk 
  • the cubed ham
  • the grated cheese

Pots and utensils

  • sharp knife
  • Dutch oven
  • wooden spoon
  • oven mitts

At camp

Get ready

  • Build a campfire and let it burn down to coals.
  • Meanwhile, dice the 4 potatoes. 
  • If you didn't prepare the rest of the ingredients at home, do that now.
  • Put the lid on the Dutch oven, place it in the coals and heat it to medium.

Get cooking

  • Remove the Dutch oven from the fire.
  • Put a couple of tablespoons of butter in the Dutch oven and let it melt.
  • Add the diced onion and stir.
  • Put the oven back in the fire. Cook and stir. 
  • When the onions are translucent, take the oven off the fire. Add 3 Tbsp/45 mL flour and some salt and pepper to taste.
  • Gradually add 2 cups/500 mL milk. Put the oven on the fire.
  • Cook and stir until the sauce has thickened.

stirring sauce in Dutch oven

  • Add 2 cups diced ham and the diced potatoes. Stir.
  • Cook and stir until the potatoes are almost as soft as you like them.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup/250 mL grated cheese and 1/4 cup/60 mL breadcrumbs over top.
  • Cook until the potatoes are soft, and the cheese has melted.
  • Spoon into bowls.

Ham and Cheese Gratin in bowl

  • Serve immediately.


  • When it's time to stir the ingredients, take the oven out of the fire and set it on the ground. Those coals are hot!
  • Next time I will make a double batch! I think that the leftovers would be tasty reheated for lunch the next day - but we didn't have any leftovers!
  • For a complete meal, serve with some raw veggies.

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Dutch oven campfire cooking is fun! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

I have lots more easy Dutch oven cooking recipes that I want to try. I'll let you know how they turn out!

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