Camping Cuisine, A Family Affair
Food brings people together, camping brings people together - sounds like a good match to me if you're needing some quality time with friends and family. Here are some delicious, easy, family friendly ideas, recipes and tips for cooking over the campfire.
Here are some ideas for making breakfast, lunch and dinner outside over the fire, you can pretty much have anything you would eat at home while you're camping! You can cook so much in a cast iron skillet, and tin foil is your BFF while cooking outside, you can boil water in a pot over the fire, roast hot dogs or cinnamon buns on sticks, and muffin tins work great for cooking eggs! We recommend to prepare as much as you can ahead of time, such as mixing the pancake batter and storing it in a bottle for easy pouring, or prepping all your veggies and wrapping them in foil, or making a pot of chilli ahead of time.
Breakfast Ideas: On the campfire
-Eggs on the campfire: Get a muffin tin, grease it with butter, crack an egg in each tin, season with salt and pepper, place on a grill over the fire! Only takes about five minutes
-Cinnamon rolls on the campfire: Place store bought cinnamon rolls in a muffin tin covered with foil and cook over the fire. Or place a whole cinnamon bun on a roasting stick with two prongs and cook directly over the flames.
-Bacon over the fire: in a cast iron skillet, or on a grill rack over the campfire. Be careful of the grease! You can even roast it on a stick, thats the best way in our opinion.
-Pancakes: Premix pancake ingredients in a plastic bag, store in a cooler, then snip a corner off to dispense when the griddle is ready. Or you can use a plastic water bottle and just pour them right onto the griddle or pan. You'll have pancakes in minutes!
Lunch Ideas: On the campfire
-Tin Foil Hotdogs: Cut a slit in the side of the hot dog, don't cut all the way through. Stuff hot dogs with cheese, wrap them in bacon and cook them in foil packets right in the campfire. Don't forget to rotate the packets.
-Ham and Cheese sandwiches: Make a regular ham and cheese sandwich, cut into quarters. Place each quarter on a roasting stick (easier with a two prong stick) and roast over the campfire. The bread gets toasted and the cheese gets melted. Yum!
Dinner Ideas: On the campfire
- Steak and chicken: Cut steak and chicken into bite size pieces, season with whatever you like, skewer onto roasting sticks and roast over the fire.
-Tin Foil packets:
Potatoes sliced or the french fry kind seasoned, wrapped in tin foil and roasted. Add cheese, onions or fresh garlic to make it even tastier.
-Veggies like zucchini, onions, mushrooms, peppers all cook well in tin foil packets.
-Nachos! Just lay down a sheet of tin foil pile on chips, cheese, cooked ground beef, onions, beans, peppers and jalapeños. Wrap foil over and around it and place over the fire or in the coals.
- Foil wrapped Salmon:
Dijon mustard + herbs + lemon + olive oil + fish = a 15-minute campfire dinner that's equal parts easy and delicious.
-You can make pasta and meat sauce a head of time, put them in foil packets or individual pie plates covered in foil. Sprinkle cheese on top, wrap it up and warm over the fire or in the coals. Works good with mac and cheese too.
- Shrimp and corn:
In a large bowl, combine shrimp, corn, zucchini, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, and cilantro. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss together.
Lay out four pieces of foil. Divide shrimp mixture between foil and top each with a pat of butter and lime slices. Seal packs. Cook in campfire for about 10 minutes.
"We found a great alternative to the regular s'more! Arrange marshmallows over a layer of chocolate in a cast iron skillet, and cook over the campfire for a sweet, fluffy marshmallow dip. Dig in with yummy graham crackers (or other cookies) while it’s still warm!"
Dessert Ideas: On the campfire
Skillet brownies: Next time you go camping grab your cast iron skillet and don't forget the brownie mix! (We recommend to prep the brownie mix ahead of time and store it in a bottle for easy pouring into a skillet.) Prep the brownie mix, pour into the skillet, place on a grill over the fire and follow the cooking time on the box. (may not take as long depending on fire temperature) You can also do this with cookie dough!
Simply stuff a waffle cone with some chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, peanut butter chips, candies, mini Oreos, berries and what ever else you feel like. Wrap in foil and toss into the campfire until everything gets melty and gooey. So good!
Simple. Get a banana and cut a slit in the side pull back the peel slightly to create a space to stuff full of marshmallows, chocolate chips, graham crackers, cookies, and other chocolates/candies. Wrap the entire thing in foil and place in the coals or over the fire until its hot melty and delicious!
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Easiest Cooking Methods:
-The first, is to wrap food items individually in aluminum foil and place them in hot coals. It requires frequent checking, but is very effective for foods that require high heat. Hot coals will also boil water or warm up soup when the pot is placed on top.
-The second, method is to place a grate over an open fire and grill your food like you would with a BBQ. However the heat source is less direct, so it will take a little longer to cook.
We hope these tips and ideas will help keep your belly full on your next big camping adventure!