A night sitting around the campfire wouldn’t be complete without roasting s’mores. Yet campers can’t exist on just melted chocolate and marshmallows alone. Feed your family, and have fun doing it, with this collection of campfire recipes ideal for cooking while camping.
No need for a frying pan when outdoors. Bring along a lightweight muffin tin to cook up some breakfast staples over the fire. Grease the muffin tin cups well, crack an entire egg into each cup, and grill over a medium high heat for at least two minutes. Top with a piece of bacon, ham or some veggies for variation. Spoon onto a plate, or serve up in between an English muffin.
Save space over the flames, and use fewer pans, by cooking bacon on metal skewers over the campfire. Thread pieces of bacon like an accordion onto a skewer (it will resemble old-fashioned ribbon candy). Leave a tiny bit of space in between each layer of meat to allow for even cooking. More than one piece of bacon can be added to each skewer. Suspend the skewers over the flames, resting the ends of the skewers on logs or rocks, and cook until desired crispness.
Almost anything can be slow-cooked in an open fire when you enclose it in layers of aluminum foil. Use your imagination, and your family’s preferences, to create packs containing meat and vegetables that will turn into a hearty meal. Here’s one suggestion:
- 1 pound skinless chicken breast
- 2 onions
- 8 ounces mushrooms
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 lemon, juiced
Mix meat, vegetables and garlic together. Add olive oil, salt and lemon juice, coating well.
Divide the mixture between four large sheets of aluminum foil. Top with another large piece of foil and roll up the edges tightly into a packet. Wrap each packet in another sheet of aluminum foil again to prevent burning while cooking.
Cook directly on hot coals until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, around 40 minutes.
Banana Boat S’mores
Growing tired of the same old s’mores every night? Why not try skipping the graham cracker sandwich concept and using a banana instead? Try this recipe adapted from Tablespoon.
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons miniature marshmallows
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons graham cracker or oats cereal
Peel banana and slice banana lengthwise. Slightly open the banana and place on a large piece of aluminum foil. Place marshmallows and chocolate chips inside the banana, and wrap up in the foil. Place in the campfire for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, carefully unwrap the foil, and top with cereal.
Feature image courtesy of Greg Morgan