Campfire Recipe: Easy Dutch Oven Garlic Rolls

Nothing beats freshly baked bread at camp but……….do not start sweating and saying it cannot be done.  Yes, it can and with a little help from a hot roll mix you too can have homemade hot bread to go with your dinner.

Campfire Recipe:  Easy Dutch Oven Garlic Rolls


Liquid or spray oil

1 package of hot roll mix


1 stick of butter

Fresh Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning



  1. Start a fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Grease the inside of a 12 inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Set out your butter to soften.
  4. Grate 1 cup of fresh Parmesan cheese and set aside.
  5. Take the hot roll mix and prepare as directed.
  6. Sprinkle a little flour on a board and dump your prepared hot roll mix on top of the flour.
  7. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough so that it is about 8 by 18 inches.
  8. Place the butter in a bowl and soften it so that it can be spread.  Once soft, spread on dough.
  9. Top the butter layer with 1 cup of Parmesan cheese and the spices.
  10. Roll the dough like a cinnamon roll, starting at the long end.  Gently push the dough together when you get to the end.
  11. Using a knife or dental floss, cut the dough into slices that are 1 ½ inch thick.
  12. Place in Dutch oven and top with lid.
  13. Allow to rise until the dough has doubled.
  14. Once that has happened, move the 12 inch Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface.
  15. On the heat resistant surface, make a circle of 12 hot coals.
  16. Top the lid with 22 coals and cook for 18 minutes.
  17. After that time period has passed, remove the coals from the lid of the Dutch oven and then remove the Dutch oven from the coals.
  18. Serve.

As delicious as this recipe is, I have changed it up a bit to go with certain dishes.  While the recipe above is wonderful with stews, and pastas the flavor just does not seem to fit with dishes like chili.  To accommodate this type of dish, I do a few substitutions.  This includes adding chili powder in place of the garlic and Italian seasoning.  I also use cheddar cheese in place of the Parmesan.