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August 10 is National S’mores Day! For me, s’mores evoke a sense of nostalgia, taking me back to those childhood memories of summer and camping. This Saturday is a great time to bring back those memories and create more. In a previous post, I had talked about adding fruit or dark chocolate to your s’mores to jazz them up, but in honor of S’mores Day, I have found some awesome recipes that will blow your mind. Even if you aren’t camping or can’t have a bonfire, there are alternatives ways to celebrate!
1. Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores
This decadent treat is sure to please. To make this, you are going to need chocolate wafers or chocolate graham crackers, peanut butter ( smooth or chunky, it’s up to you), and of course, marshmallows. Toast you marshmallow to your liking, I like mine burnt a bit. On one wafer place a glob of peanut butter, then take your toasted marshmallow and place it on top of the peanut butter. Place the second wafer on top and there you have a peanut butter chocolate s’more. I would have some napkins or paper towel on hand, as this could get a little messy.
2. Ginger Caramel S’mores
Looking for a s’more with a little kick? This is the s’more for you. Aside from the marshmallow, you are going to need two gingersnaps and caramel filled chocolate square. My brand of choice would be Ghirardelli. Place your chocolate square on top of one of the gingersnaps then take your toasted marshmallow and put it on top. Place the other gingersnap on top of the marshmallow and you have a s’more with a little spice. This is my personal favorite…chocolate, caramel, marshmallow, and ginger….what more could you want?
3. Nutella Banana S’mores
Love Nutella? Love s’mores? Then what could be better than combining the two to make a delightful desert? This s’more is definitely one you are going to want to try. You can use regular graham crackers or if you are looking for something more unique ( and more calories ) you can use peanut butter cookies. Toast your marshmallow as usual, and on one peanut cookie place a gob of Nutella on the flat side. You can use as much or as little as you want, just have some napkins on hand since Nutella tends to melt quickly. Once you’ve got your Nutella on there place a 2-3 pieces of sliced banana on top. Then comes your marshmallow and second cookie. This is a pretty over the top s’more, but here at Harry’s we believe in trying everything at least once….especially when it involves desert.
If you’re not going to be outdoors Saturday or can’t have a bonfire look up recipes for s’mores bars or s’mores brownies. There is even something called s’mores dip! Whatever you pick, just make sure a marshmallow is involved. If you need a fire starter to get that bonfire going or camp utensils Harry’s has what you need. Have a sweet weekend!
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!