For a foodie, one of the most important decisions about any camping trip is what to eat. With limited resources—let’s face it, nothing but a campfire—options are typically limited as well. But that doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying stellar meals each morning, afternoon and evening.
Get your supplies together, tie your gear down with items from Vault Cargo and hit the open road. Don’t hesitate because, with these special camping meals, you’re going to be the talk of the campground.
Cooking bacon over a campfire may sound difficult, but all you really need to do is weave each piece onto a skewer. This will ensure you cook the bacon evenly and that it doesn’t slip off the spoke before it’s crispy. If you leave some logs of wood raised on the sides of the fire, you can rest the skewers on them so you don’t have to hold them. The whole ordeal takes about a half hour.
Eggs and Potatoes
While you can grab a skillet to cook eggs and potatoes over the fire, this new take on the dish will leave you drooling. Hollow out a potato—sweet or Russett—and add some melted butter to the inside. Then crack an egg within, mix in some bacon bits and cheese and cook it over the flame. Your tastebuds will thank you—and you won’t need dishes since it will all be within the potato!
This is an easy way to make a quick set of nachos for lunchtime. Grab a large skillet and layer tortilla chips within. Then, add either shredded cheese or nacho cheese. Continue to add any ingredients you want to heat up—vegetables, beans or meats. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the ingredients for that extra cheesy taste and warm the skillet over the fire. When finished, you can add sour cream or other cool ingredients and voila.
Chicken or Fish
Campfire cooking requires a lot of foil, especially if you’re looking to make something like fish or chicken. You can experiment with these types of dishes, combining the meat in a foil packet with things like vegetables, olive oil and seasonings. You can also throw in some wine to flavor the meat—just don’t pour so much it starts coming out of the foil. Throw it into the flames for 10 or 12 minutes and you’ll have a savory meal just like one you’d prepare at home.
Using skewers while camping can be very helpful—especially when cooking veggies. While you can toss them in the foil (with or without some meat), they taste even better cooked over the open flame. Use things like Brussels sprouts, potatoes, bell peppers or onions. You can toss on some sauces or spices to add some extra flavor, but the smoky fire flavor is also delicious. Just let the skewered vegetables cook for a few minutes, rotating them every so often, and you’ll have a healthy meal, snack or side dish.
Use a Dutch oven to create this fun campfire recipe. Take along some pre-made pizza dough, which you can press into the bottom of the pan. Spread tomato sauce over the dough then begin to layer your toppings—onions, pepperoni, olives and more. But don’t add the cheese just yet. Allow the oven to sit over the flame for 10 minutes or until the dough is baked, then add a layer of shredded cheese. Put it back over the flame until the cheese is melted. Bet you never knew you could make pizza while camping, did you?
Whenever you go camping, s’mores are a must. They typically camping staple is a delicious dessert that perfectly blends rich chocolate, sweet marshmallows and savory crunchy crackers. But make a grown-up version of this sweet treat by soaking the marshmallows in Baileys Irish Cream after toasting them.