One of my favourite things about summer is trying out some new camping recipes during my many summer camping trips. I'm always looking for a new way to spice up an old classic or just a shortcut for making camping meals easier. Today I’m going to share 5 of my favourite camping recipes with you. I hope you'll give at least one of them a try this summer!
Skewered Cinnamon Rolls
This is a super easy and delicious breakfast treat that requires just 4 ingredients. Bigger kids will love helping out with this one!
- Mix a tablespoon of cinnamon and ¼ cup of sugar in a bowl.
- Open a package of crescent rolls and wrap each individual roll around a wooden skewer.
- Roll the pastry in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- Cook over the campfire for 5 minutes or until the rolls turn golden brown.
This doesn't really count as a recipe because it’s so simple! If you can't live without bacon (who can?), then you need this recipe in your life.
- Take a strip of streaky bacon and thread it onto a long metal skewer. You want the bacon to form layers of waves. Weave several strips onto the skewer until it’s full.
- Balance the skewers on rocks or logs across the fire (or BBQ, which makes this even easier).
- Rotate the skewers every 5 minutes for 30 minutes or until the bacon is crispy on all sides.
Campfire Potatoes & Fixings
This dish makes the perfect accompaniment to any dinner. Heck, it could even be a dinner in its own right. I love it because there is almost no clean-up required afterwards. Who wants to do dishes after dinner when they’re on holiday?!
- Lay out a large sheet of aluminium foil.
- Slice 6 white potatoes to roughly 1cm thick and layer them on the foil. Sprinkle on top: ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons of bacon bits, 2 tablespoons of chopped green onion, and 2 teaspoons of butter. Wrap tightly in foil, using another sheet or two if needed.
- Place the packet on a rack 5 – 7cm above burned down coals and let cook for 45 minutes.
- Once the potatoes are soft, the dish is ready to eat. Chuck some salt and sour cream on top and enjoy!
Campfire Mac & Cheese
This camping twist on the American classic makes dinnertime a breeze. Do the prep at home before you go and store it in your chilly bin until ready to use. You’ll have dinner ready for your family in just 10 minutes with the handy recipe!
- Oil the inside of a disposable aluminium pie tin (use one big one, or four small ones).
- Cook 1 ½ cups of elbow macaroni (or any type of small, shaped pasta) until soft and then drain.
- Add 2 cups of ready-made Alfredo sauce and ½ cup each of mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar cheeses to the pasta. Add up to a ½ cup of milk until you get the desired thickness of sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour the macaroni and cheese into your pie tin(s) while it’s still warm. Wait for it to cool and then cover with aluminium foil. Seal well. Place inside a plastic food storage bag and store in your chilly bin.
- When you’re ready for dinner, place the tin(s) of mac and cheese on a rack positioned 5 – 7 cm above burned down coals. Allow to cook for 8 – 10 minutes or until hot. Remove and serve immediately.
Apples a la Campfire
For dessert (or maybe a warm afternoon snack), we’re making campfire apples! Of course, there will be marshmallows and s’mores galore, but I’m assuming you already know the recipe for those classics.
- Core the apples.
- Fill the centre with trail mix.
- Wrap tightly in a layer or two of aluminium foil.
- Place the apples on a grill just over burned down coals and let cook for 30 – 40 minutes until soft and delicious.
Share your favourite camping recipe with me!
I’d love to make this list longer next year, so please share your classic camping recipes in the comments below so I can try them out when I’m on the road this summer. Check back to see if your recipe made the cut!