By Carol Cowan
Cooking over an open fire is easier than you might think, says Johnny Nix, cowboy cook extraordinaire. “A lot of people tend to over-think cooking over the fire. The main thing is just to relax, enjoy your meal, and when you’re picking dishes to cook outside, keep it simple. Our cookbookis great because we have a lot of real simple, one-pot dishes that are easy to throw together.”
The cookbook Nix refers to is All Time Favorite Recipes, featuring close to 100 dishes readers can cook outdoors. It also offers tips on building a fire, estimating temperature, baking in cast iron and adapting Nix’s methods for use with charcoal.
His two-hour DVD Cookin’ With Wood takes the process a step further and actually shows viewers how to build a fire pit, choose the right wood, set up the equipment and cook everything from biscuits and coffee to Tuscan roasted chicken, stuffed peppers, crescent apple tart and more.
The cookbook, DVD, campfire cooking set and Lodge cookware are available through Johnny’s website, www.yalleatyet.com. Register to find out about cooking clinics and demonstrations and receive his monthly newsletter. Private demonstrations are also available.
Peach Cobbler in Johnny Nix’s own words:
“The peach cobbler is one of our most highly recognized dishes, and a lot of people ask to have us do it because it’s a real simple recipe and it’s really hard to mess up. All you do is take two large cans of peaches, dump them in the pot, sprinkle some cinnamon on top of the peaches, and then dump a cake mix on top of it. Then pour a stick of melted butter on top of the cake mix and just let it boil. Once it boils, it mixes the cake mix into the peaches. Then you just put top coals on top of the lid and let it brown. Once it’s browned, it’s done. It takes about 45 minutes.”
Contact Johnny Nix
To contact Johnny Nix, please visit www.yalleatyet.com or call 256-561-3409.