Campfire cooking has a lot of appeal on all fronts. It’s an easy, low-stress way to cook for a crowd. It’s a lot of fun. And, it’s a pretty healthy way to cook as well. Whether you want to cook a hamburger on the campfire or a pot of beans, camping foods are a good way to get your family into the kitchen. That’s because the great thing about camping food is that it’s not just about cooking. Campfires provide a great social experience. When you gather around the campfire with your loved ones, you get to talk and laugh and share stories. It just feels good.
If you’re looking for an awesome place to add some flavor to your summer getaway, pack up your gear, and head to the great outdoors, then a camping trip is for you. Of course, there are plenty of great places to camp, but in most cases, you may not have the amenities for a respectable dinner. Thankfully, there are some cooking options that work with even the most basic of camping gear.
- CAMPING FARMERS’ BREAKFAST
FARMERS. You have to love them. They’re loud, loud, loud, and yet they’re one of the quietest and humble groups of people. They work the fields and the land, going through the same routine day after day, year after year. Things change in farming. You don’t have to manually turn the earth anymore. You couldn’t even if you wanted to. The rows of corn or potatoes never change. The season and weather might, but the crops always grow the same.
- CARAMELIZED ONIONS GRILL
Campfires are a common summer activity, but can you make a mean grilled meal in the woods? There are so many variations on grilled foods. You can grill nearly anything and everything. Grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza, burgers, steaks, corn on the cob, chili, hot dogs, and even desserts are all possible. You can make even your own gourmet fireworks with a grill. Caramelizing onions is a technique that’s surprisingly simple and easy to accomplish on a grill. With a little practice, you can make a meal out of this simple but delicious recipe.
- GRILLED SWEET POTATO FRIES
Sweet potato fries are a great low-carb, high-fiber side dish. They are low in calories but high in fiber and are a great replacement for potato chips. Sweet potatoes can be steamed, baked, boiled, or grilled, or even microwaved. They can be made into chips, fries, or wedges.
- CORN AND CORN FRITTERS
I remember my mother making corn fritters when I was a little kid. It was one of those favorite meals that I crave but just can’t seem to find the time for. I was lucky enough to inherit the recipe from her, and now I make them as often as I can. The best part about these is they can be made ahead of time, frozen, and reheated in a skillet when needed. You can even add them to your favorite recipes.
On a recent camping trip, the group was up late, and the only thing they had was a can of corn. They ate some but wished to savor the rest. So, they decided to make some corn and corn fritters for breakfast. For later, they made some cornbread. The entire trip was a success. They got back to camp late and with full bellies.
Camping is the best way to get in touch with the wilderness and its untamed beauty, but you don’t have to be a hardcore wilderness survivalist to appreciate the thrill of getting to know that space. The ability to feel the wind on your face, the sun on your back, the cool breeze of the night, and the smell of the woods. Its as if nature has designed a way for us to reconnect with our primal selves.
Campfire cooking isn’t usually considered a “fancy” way to prepare meals, but campfire cooking is a lot of fun. It’s a great way to enjoy all those foods you normally would cook in the kitchen, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little creativity, you can easily craft delicious meals that taste not only great but also look amazing.