Cream Can Dinner Recipe

Here is a basic recipe for a delicious cream can supper that will feed 30-40 people. This is perfect for the 10 Ĺ gallon Ogallala Cream Can available from

Originally, rocks were used in the bottom of the can to keep food out of the liquid since we are steaming, not boiling. However, we have found the rings used on canning jars will work great! For the 10 Ĺ gallon can, 2 dozen of those rings just tossed in the bottom of the can will work nicely. After you are done, just put the rings in the dishwasher and you are ready for the next meal.


  • 10 cans of beer. Some people prefer the taste of chicken or beef stock instead of beer. You can also use water if desired.
  • 24 ears of corn on the cob with husks removed
  • 1 large green cabbage
  • 4 lbs of potatoes. Use smaller potatoes Ė or cut in half or thirds
  • 6 lbs sweet potatoes (trust us on this, even if you think you donít like sweet potatoes). Cut in chunks about the size of small new potatoes
  • 3 lbs carrots cut in pretty big chunks
  • 2 stalks celery (not two sticksÖ2 stalks) cut in pretty big chunks
  • 4 bell peppers, maybe one green and one other color, cut in pretty big chunks
  • 4 large onions, you guessed it, cut in pretty big chunks
  • 4 small squash (zucchini, yellow, etc.) cut in pretty big chunks
  • One large head of cauliflower, cut in pretty big chunks
  • 2 medium bunches of broccoli, cut in pretty big chunks
  • 10 lbs of sausage (brats, german sausage, smoked sausage, Italian sausage, etc.) Mix it up. Donít just use one kind and donít be afraid to add at least some spicy sausage as it will add some nice flavor. It is not absolutely necessary to cook the sausage before adding to the can, but we find it does taste better if you grill it beforehand (if it is not already cooked when you buy the package). We recommend the Johnsonville Sweet Italian brats, especially if you grill Ďem first. Cut all sausage in about thirds after cooking. Also especially tasty are Hillshire Farms hot and spicy Italian Sausage.


  1. Slice the cabbage and place on the rings you have in the bottom of the pan. This keeps the food out of the liquid. We are steaming, not boiling the food.
  2. Break the ears of corn in half and throw them into the pot.
  3. Add all the other vegetables to the can
  4. Add the sausage to the top of the can. This allows the juices from the sausage to drip down over the vegetables and make for a wonderful flavor.
  5. Put one small potato on the top of the can. You will see why later.
  6. Add your liquid (beer or chicken/beef stock). If using beer, donít worry, the alcohol will burn off.
  7. For heat, we recommend a propane heater like you use with a turkey deep fat fryer. Put the cream can on the fire.
  8. Note Ė make sure that food is not blocking the steam hole on the top of the cream can.
  9. It will probably take 30-45 mins to work up steam from the top of the can, but when you see steam coming from the top of the can, let it cook for 30 minutes
  10. After 30 mins, turn off the heat and let the can sit for 5 minutes. It should be ready to eat!
  11. Remove the lid carefully by tapping it from the side.
  12. Make sure when the lid is removed that you donít have your face (or any other body parts) sticking over the top of the can as the steam could burn you).
  13. There are several factors that will vary the cooking time (i.e. altitude, heat from the turkey fryer, etc.), so poke the potato that you put on top of the can with a fork. If it is soft, you are ready to eat. If it isnít quite done, put the lid back on and put the can back on the heat for another 10 minutes or so. Let the can sit for another 5 minutes after turning off the heat and then do the tater check again. Repeat as necessary until the potato on the top is done.
  14. Use gloves to pour your wonderful meal into a large clean tote or something like that. A wheelbarrow lined with a clean trash bag works great.
  15. You can easily remove the rings with a fork
  16. Now your hungry crowd can fill their plates. They are bound to ask where the heck you got such a great cream can. Please tell them the Ogallala Cream Can Supper Company

Cooking hints:

  • If you like, shut off the fire 20 minutes into cooking, let sit for 5 minutes and then add some ingredients that cook a little quicker, i.e. asparagus, sugar snap peas, or green beans. Then restart the fire for another 10 minutes to cook what you just added. Remember to shut off the heat and let things sit for 5 minutes before taking off the lid
  • Do not cut the vegetables into too small pieces as they may turn to mush as you cook them.
  • You may want to throw a few cloves of garlic in the bottom of the pan as well. It adds some great flavor to the steam. If you put the cloves in the microwave for about 7 seconds they pop out of the peels a little easier.
  • For a little heat, remove the seeds from a few jalapeno peppers, cut in strips and place on top of the food before cooking. It wonít make the food hot, it will just give a little zing. Make sure you wear gloves when handling the peppers and donít rub your eyes or skin as the oils will burn.

Do not overcook. You will find recipes on the internet that will say insane things like cook for 1-2 hours. Do NOT do that, it will cook the flavor right out of the meal. 30 minutes after you see good steam coming from the top of the cream can is just right. The can doesnít need to be spewing steam like a locomotive, just nice steam output. You want some good pressure, but not enough to blow the lid off.

WARNING: For those of you who didnít read the warning above, never have your face or any body part above the can when cooking or taking the lid off. The steam is burning hot and the can is hot as well. Always use gloves when handling the hot canÖ.and by the way, donít run with scissors.

Enjoy your meal and please share your recipes in the comments below.


  1. Wendy In Orlando says:

    Just ordered the small one of these and can't wait to use it for a steamed seafood supper. Thanks so much for posting this article. I'm sure we will be using this when camping this summer too!

  2. This is one of our favorite camping recipes! I hadn't heard the potato trick though, we're definitely trying that this next time! We have also used country style pork ribs (that we sear on the grill first) and they were very good! The first time they fell apart, but the second time we put them in a CLEAN lingerie bag and they were perfect!

    Thank you for the potato trick!

  3. Let me know how things turn out next time you cook!

  4. Lee Ann says:

    This should be on your Pinterest. Would love to save this recipe.

  5. Thanks Lee Ann - Great Suggestion!

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  6. This was a big thing when I lived in Cheyenne Wy. Boiled dinner cooked over an open fire.

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