One common thread you will find in just about all of our camping recipes is they are cooked in a Dutch Oven. Dutch Ovens are available in many sizes, from 1 quart to 8 quart. Figure about 1/2 to 1 quart per serving and you will be able to determine how large of a Dutch Oven to buy. And my advice - only buy the best... and that means a "Lodge" brand Dutch Oven. Dutch Ovens can be used over the campfire, or for rainy days or when you need to accurately control the heat, they can be used in a conventional oven.
So I suppose these could be called "Dutch Oven" recipes. However, if you don't have a Dutch Oven, don't let it discourage you... however, I highly recommend one for the best results. For example, our Lodge Dutch Oven has indentations in the lid that allow moisture to drip back into the food. This results in very moist cakes and other dishes.
So what are Prairie Dog Potatoes? If you consider Scalloped Potatoes are made with Milk, and Potatoes AuGratin are made with Cheese, then I suppose Prairie Dog Potatoes are both Scalloped and AuGratin as they contain both milk and cheese.
Remember that when you are camping, you are on vacation. All of you. So guys, give your wife a break and you do the cooking on your next camping trip.
Like all of our Dutch Oven dishes, preparation is easy. Simply cut the potatoes into thin strips - the thinner the better as thin potatoes cook faster. Add the milk, onion, ham, flour and salt/pepper to the potatoes and mix. Finally, put the cheese on top and cover. Cook in a 350deg oven for an hour or over coals in the campfire.
The potatoes are done when you can poke a fork into them without any resistance.
Serve as a main dish or side dish if you wish. Garnish with a bit more cheese, hot sauce, or sour cream if you wish. Corn bread or other breads also go well with this dish. Serves 3~4 as a main dish, more if a side dish.