Sick of s'mores? Bored with hot dogs? Camping is all about
enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends, without
cooking or clean-up hassles. Maybe you just don't feel like packing
an array of utensils and pans, or you haven't been camping since
you were 8 and don't know what to cook over a fire... but a camper
can't live on trail mix alone. Pull a chair up to the fire and try
our simple and creative ideas.
1. Orange Peel Omelette
Start the day with a breakfast that will impress your fellow
campers. Cut an orange in half and scoop out the flesh, saving it
to snack on while you're cooking. Crack one egg into each half of
the orange peel. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Place peel
and egg mixture onto a camping grill over the fire. Using a grill
helps keep the orange peel from burning. The egg will cook in 10-15
minutes (depending on the heat) with a fresh hint of citrus
flavour. Try sprinkling a few dried cranberries on top.
2. Make-Ahead Muffins
Muffins made at home with fresh, nutritious ingredients are an
easy camping breakfast or snack. Try Anna's Blueberry Muffins or
vegan Pumpkin Oat Muffins.
3. Foil Packet Dinners
This campfire dinner is all about the ingredient pairings, which
can be as simple or sophisticated as you want. Use either a foil
loaf pan or a double layer of heavy-duty foil for each serving (lay
your ingredients in the middle). Cut up your ingredients at home
and bring them in bags or the foil pans. Try pieces of cooked
kielbasa, bacon or sausage with potatoes, peppers and onions. To
retain moisture you can add a small amount of water, stock or apple
juice. Seal the pans or the edges of the foil into packets, and set
them on a grill over the fire for about 40 minutes depending on the
heat. Rotate the packets frequently to avoid burning. Let them cool
before eating, they will be hot! Packets can be made ahead and
frozen, just thaw them in the cooler over a day or so. Veggie-only
packets don't need to be kept as cold if they're used by at least
the second day.
4. Picnic Potato Salad
If you're packing condiments like mayonnaise, relish or mustard
for burgers and dogs, they can also be combined into a quick
dressing for a side potato salad. Salads can also be made ahead and
kept chilled in the cooler. Try Michael Smith's Potato Salad with
Dill and Mustard, or this Warm Potato Salad.
5. Vegetable Kebabs
Wash and cut up a variety of veggies such as peppers, cherry
tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini, red onion and eggplant, and pack
them in containers or sealed plastic bags along with wooden
skewers. Soak the skewers for 30 minutes before grilling to prevent
them from burning. Everyone, including the kids, can load skewers
with the veggies of their choice. Turn kebabs frequently until
veggies are tender, 10-15 minutes. Bring a jar of pizza sauce or
pesto for dipping, or better yet, make your own! Try our Grilled
6. Catch of the Day
Freshly caught grilled fish, bursting with flavour, makes for a
memorable family feast! Take the requisite photo proudly displaying
your catch and then try Rob Rainford's recipes for Grilled Lake
Bass Packages and BBQ'd Stuffed Lake Trout.
7. Caramel Apple
Partially core one apple, and fill the center with a pat of
butter and a few individually-wrapped caramels. Wrap the apple in
foil and heat it over the fire.
8. Ants on a Log
This is a camping classic and a snack that kids can make
themselves. Spread peanut butter over washed and cut celery stalks,
and sprinkle with raisins.
9. Cream Puffs
All you need for these bite-sized delicacies is a container of
store-bought biscuit dough and a bag of marshmallows. Flatten out a
portion of biscuit dough and wrap it around a marshmallow. Pierce
it on the end of a camping fork or stick and roast over the fire
until the dough is golden. I dare you to stop at one.
10. Campfire Banana Splits
Spray sheets of aluminum foil, large enough to wrap around a
banana, with cooking spray. Strip the peel back on a banana,
leaving it attached. Slice the banana lengthwise and fill with
chocolate chips. Fold the banana peel back over, wrap it in foil,
and set it on a grill for about 5 minutes to let the chocolate
melt. Unwrap the banana and eat with a spoon.