We are in the middle camping season and I’m sure some of you are getting ready for your camping trip. Aside from the tent, sleeping, bags and camp chairs, you are going to need to pack food. That typically consists of burgers, hot dogs, and chips, but if you are sick of just doing the basics there ARE some more tasty options. We’ve put together a list of some awesome recipes that will be easy enough to cook at the campsite and will impress your taste buds!
1. Campfire Quesadillas
There is no particular recipe for this because each person can customize their own, so it’s perfect if you have a group of picky eaters. Here’s what you need:
A grate to go over the fire
Foil to go over the grate
The rest is completely optional. You can get a variety of sliced vegetables like onions, peppers, and mushrooms along with different meat. The grocery store has the pre cooked sliced grilled chicken and steak that would be perfect for this. Just have each person make their own and throw them on the grate. Cook them long enough for the cheese to melt and to get some grill mark and Voila! You have campfire quesadillas! Super easy to make and easy to store all the contents in a cooler.
If you have been looking for a twist to the traditional s’more then adding strawberries should do the trick and you could consider it a more “healthy” option. You probably know all the ingredients, but here’s how you make one:
1 Graham Cracker Sheet
2 Large Marshmallows
Half of a Hershey Bar ( or you could do half of a dark chocolate bar)
1 Large Strawberry cut into slices
Banana Slices (optional)
Break the graham cracker in half and layer the chocolate of your choice with the strawberry slices. You can add banana slices now if you want. Then it’s marshmallow time! Cook them to your liking. Some people like them lightly browned while others, like myself, need to have them burned crispy. Once you have the marshmallows cooked perfectly, put the marshmallows on top of the strawberry layer, then place the other graham cracker half on top of it. This seems simple, and it is, but it is super delicious and it is a nice change from the norm.
3. Breakfast Potatoes
Breakfast potatoes has been a staple in my breakfast routine for as long as I can remember. My mom would typically make them on the weekends and they are easy enough to make on a camping trip as long as you bring a skillets. The recipe provided is just a basic recipe and can be customized with different vegetables and seasonings. Breakfast potatoes require about 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cook time. Also keep in mind this recipe makes 4-6 servings so you can adjust according to how many people you are cooking for. Here’s what you need:
A grate to place over the campfire
About 5lbs of russet potatoes, cubed ( This is typically about 6 potatoes depending on their size)
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
1 chopped onion
2 chopped bell peppers of any color, just use the one you like better. I prefer red.
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 Teaspoon of seasoned salt, I use Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
Salt and Pepper to taste
Place the skillet on the grate and coat the bottom of the skillet with a thin layer of olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until tender this should take about two minutes. Then add the potatoes, peppers, and remaining olive oil, stir make sure everything is coated. Let the potato mixture cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add a little water, about 3-4 tablespoons, cover with foil and let the potatoes steam for about 5 minutes. Take the foil off, add all the seasoning, and stir. Let the potatoes cook until they are brown and tender in the middle. This dish is great alone or along side other breakfast dishes.
These are just a few recipes to switch up the traditional camping menu. You can do a simple Google search and find hundreds of easy recipes for camping trips. Feel free to share any on your favorite camping recipes and if you need any new camping gear before you trip Harry’s has got what you need. Stop in or order online to get backpacks, survival gear, sleeping bags, and more!