Camping is one of America’s favorite pastimes.
Not only does it give family a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, it allows them to spend time together.
Camping is not for everyone and people will have their own ideas about how much “stuff” to bring with them.
Some will want to bring everything but the proverbial kitchen sink, while others will only take the absolute bare minimum.
One aspect of camping that can either be a lot of fun or can be a huge headache is cooking. Approach it with the right attitude and everyone involved should have a great time.
There are some essentials that will make campsite cooking easier. Aluminum foil is invaluable when camping. A skillet can also be helpful. Of course, it will also depend on if someone is backpacking or not. Here are some camping recipes that are quick, easy, and very tasty.
Considered the most important meal of the day, breakfast will give the body the necessary energy to get through the morning. If there is access to a frying pan, breakfast burritos are easy to make and can serve several people quickly.
8 eggs, beaten
1-8 oz bag of shredded cheddar cheese
½ medium onion, minced
½ pound of bulk sausage
8 flour tortillas
Cook the sausage until no longer pink, stirring frequently to avoid sticking. While the sausage is cooking, wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and place on rack above fire. Watch carefully; it doesn’t take long to warm the tortillas.
Carefully drain all but a small amount of grease from the pan. Add eggs and onion. Cook until the eggs are no long runny. Remove from heat.
Build the tortilla by placing a spoonful of the egg and sausage mixture in the middle of a tortilla. Top with cheese.
Roll up the tortilla and enjoy. (Hint: Keep extra packets of taco sauce from Mexican fast food restaurants. They don’t take up much room and can add a lot of flavor to the burritos.)
Baked Fish and Vegetables
This is a great recipe to use for cooking the day’s catch. Simply clean the fish as you wish, and then grab your aluminum foil.
2 fish fillets
3 potatoes, peeled and cut into one-inch chunks
½ of a thinly sliced onion
½ of an onion cut into chunks and separated
1 green pepper, cleaned and cut into chunks
2 tbs of butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Pull off three pieces of foil. If it’s not heavy duty aluminum foil, then fold it in half before use. Place one fish fillet in two pieces of foil. Add one tablespoon of butter on top.
Add a very small quantity (1/2 tsp) of lemon juice on top of the fish and a couple of the slices of onion. Wrap in foil and place on grill. While the fish are cooking, place the potatoes, pepper, chunked onion and some salt and pepper in the other foil packet.
Wrap and place on the grill above the campfire [Campfire Cooking]. Check the fish often. It’s done when it is white and flaky. The vegetables will cook quickly and can burn to the foil, so be sure to keep an eye on them as well.
When both are done, remove from heat and place on plate. Clean up is a breeze. (Hint: prepare the vegetables at home and place in zip lock bags to save time.)
A Final Thought
Many people have campfire recipes that have been passed down for generations. Keep the cooking simple and remember that everything seems to taste best outside!