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5 Delicious recipes for your next camping trip


 

5 DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR YOUR NEXT CAMPING TRIP

 

Gone are the days of dreaded camping food; from tinned meals to freeze-dried desserts, camp meals were more necessary than luxury. But no more, eat in style with five delicious recipes that are easy to prepare on the campfire or cooking stove.

 

 


Before we get started, here are a few quick notes:

 

With options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and of course, dessert) you're sure to find a delicious meal but if you have any specific dietary requirements, be sure to adjust the ingredients to suit you.

 

These recipes can be used exactly or as inspiration but we understand that when you're camping it's not always as simple as cooking for one, two, or three, as friends and family join you along the way, and with varying hunger levels, so we have left out quantities to allow you as much freedom with your food as you feel in the outdoors.

 

Finally, don't be put off by the shopping list, most of this can be prepared at home before you set off for a quick and easy cook.

Breakfast: Bushcraft Breakfast

INGREDIENTS:

  • Potatoes, diced
  • Eggs, mixed for scrambling
  • Chorizo, diced
  • Onions, diced
  • Chillies, diced
  • Cheese, grated
  • Mix seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, oregano and balsamic vinegar)
  • Flour torillas (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Frying pan (like the MSR Quick Skillet)

METHOD:

  • The night before your trip, roughly dice the potatoes into small cubes, rub with olive oil and generously coat with your mixed seasoning.
  • In the oven, bake the seasoned potatoes with chopped chillies for 20-25 minutes at 450°F/230°C. Once they are golden brown, allow them to cool and then seal in an airtight bag.
  • While the potatoes are cooking chop the onions and place them in an airtight bag. Similarly you can dce your chorizo and grate your cheese for easy cooking on site. 
  • When you are cooking breakfast, heat the frying pan on your camping stove and then add the oil, onions, and potatoes before pouring the eggs over the top.
  • You can then add the chorizo and grated cheese.
  • Once your breakfast is sizzling, serve as is or wrap in heated tortillas.

Long Lunch: Coal Pit Potatoes

INGREDIENTS:

  • Potatoes, for baking
  • Bacon, diced
  • Cheese, grated
  • Butter
  • Black pepper
  • Tin foil 

 

METHOD:

  • Before you leave the house, evenly stab your jacket potatoes on all sides with a fork, smear with butter and sprinkle with salt. Tightly wrap in two layers of tin foil so that they are ready for the campfire.
  • Use metal tongs to carefully bury your jacket potatoes in the embers of the campfire. Leave for 30-40 minutes.
  • Press a fork into the potato to check that the skin is crispy and the inside is soft and fluffy.
  • Once cooked, slice a deep cross into the top of each potato and add cheese and bacon. Reseal the foil around the potatoes and return to the campfire for 5-10 minutes until the cheese melts and the bacon is sizzling.
  • Season with cracked pepper before eating.

Dinner: Crispy Campfire Pizzas

INGREDIENTS:

  • Tube of pizza dough
  • Jar of tomato pizza sauce
  • Cheese, grated
  • Precooked and chopped toppings
  • Olive oil
  • Dutch oven or non-stick cooking pot with lid


METHOD:

  • Grease the bottom and sides of your Dutch oven or cooking pot with olive oil before evenly spreading the pizza dough to make a thin base. Fold the edges slightly thicker to make your crust.
  • Spread the sauce over your pizza base before adding generous amounts of your chosen prepared toppings. Toppings such as chorizo, mozzarella, onions, olives, mushrooms, peppers, grilled chicken are ideal.
  • Place your pot or Dutch oven on hot coals and cover with lid. Cook for 10 minutes until your pizza is crispy.
  • Add plenty of grated cheese and replace the lid. Carefully placing coals or embers on the lid will melt your cheese faster.

Dinner: Camping Quesadillas

INGREDIENTS:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Chicken breasts, pre-grilled and sliced
  • Tin of black beans
  • Cheese, grated
  • Tin foil and cooking pot or campfire grill

 

METHOD:

  • Using either your cooking pot or campfire grill, spread your cheese over the tortilla.
  • Add the black beans (rinsed first) and sliced chicken to one half of the tortilla.
  • Fold the tortilla in half and seal in tin foil, leaving the ends open.
  • Cook on the stove or grill until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese has melted for the perfect camping quesadillas.
  • Using the same technique, mix up your quesadilla by using different ingredients. Try egs and bacon for cooking epic breakfast burritos.

Dessert: Baileys S'mores

INGREDIENTS:

  • Fluffy marshmallows
  • Pack of Oreos
  • Cubes of chocolate
  • Hipflask of Baileys
  • Wooden skewers

METHOD:

  • While you're roasting your marshmallows over the campfire, carefully twist the tops off of some oreos and pour a shot (or two) of Baileys into a mug.
  • Once your marshmallows are charred and gooey, dip it into the Baileys and pull it off the skewer between two halves of the Oreo with your cube of chocolate.
  • When all of the ingredients inside have fused and melted together, eat your tasty S'moreos.

5 Top Tips for Making Cooking In-Camp as Easy as Possible

Now that you're armed with a few recipes, here are some essential tips for safe and fuss-free campsite cuisine:

  • Plan your menu for the whole trip well in advance
  • Pre-chop and organise your ingredients into re-sealable, labelled bags
  • Precook sauces like soup, chilli, and bolognaise to reheat
  • Food like cheese, chorizo, eggs, fruit, and veg last longer unrefrigerated
  • Freeze fresh food before adding it to your cooler so it lasts longer