The Udder Potatoes

The Udder Potatoes

The Udder Potatoes



½ pound of bacon, chopped
2 30-ounce packages frozen shredded hash browns
4 large green onions, chopped
½ teaspoon Morton Nature’s Seasons Seasoning Blend
2 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
3½ cups heavy whipping cream
11 tablespoons butter, cut into slices
Set out package of frozen hash browns for about half an hour before baking. Allow them to thaw slightly. Fry bacon in Dutch oven until crisp. Pour off grease. Add hash browns, green onions, and seasonings. Mix gently until evenly distributed.

Pour cream over potato mixture and place butter slices on top. Bake in a 12-inch Dutch oven at 350 degrees (16 coals on top, 10 coals below) for 45 minutes. Remove pot from bottom heat. Put bottom coals on top of lid and tilt the lid slightly open for 15-20 minutes until browned on top.

I guarantee once your Scouts get a taste of this dish, if you ever ask them if they want scalloped or cheese potatoes again, they will all cry out, “No! We want the udder ones!”

Serves: 15-18

Recipe by H. Kent Rappleye, an Eagle Scout and the International Dutch Oven Society’s president. Photograph Pat Haverfield; styling by Angela Yeung.


  1. We were looking for some new dishes for a cooking camporee. We made this dish for breakfast, and our scouts loved it. When you serve this as a breakfast it really only serves about 10 at the most. It’s a good thing we made two dishes of this!!

  2. That probably tastes delicious, but how about the the scout law in that the scout needs to keep his body fit? Nothing against a little fat and grease but I think this is way over the top. With obesity going rampant I think we need to pay attention to that. You can make that dish just as delicious with less cream (or use half and half?) and butter and add some eggs or so. You can also shred your own potatoes. A lot better for you. My cooking is outside the box without a lot of grease and yummie

    • The amount of fat that is in this will get used by the scouts as they run, play, work up a sweat doing their achievements or working on their advancements. When camping the boys are not just sitting around. They need the energy to go and do the things that need to get done.

  3. As far as the fat goes it’s a big energy boost for the boys. Especially if they are hiking right after breakfast! But I myself add some cheese in the mix makes the cream more saucy and less runny! It also works great in a crock pot on low for 4 hours ! Sometimes we add sausage or chorizo instead of bacon! Its a great camping recipe thanks for sharing!

  4. our troop leaders make a similar dish for breakfast but also add scrambled eggs to hash brown potatoes and grated cheese on top. We also find that we need to double the recipe to feed the required people (never seems to be enough!)

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