Ideas and Tips for Campfire Cooking

Posted on: 19 December 2015

Camping is a popular, inexpensive American pastime. Whether you rough it in a tent in the wilderness or go "glamping" in a recreational vehicle at an RV park, most people enjoy cooking over a campfire. After all, who wants to cook and clean in a tiny RV kitchen when you're on summer vacation? Here's some campfire cooking ideas and tips to help make the most of your outdoor culinary adventures.

Hobo Dinners

With aluminum foil, you can make just about anything in these self-contained foil packages. Take a 12-inch square of heavy-duty aluminum foil for each person, and layer a single serving of sliced potatoes, onions, and ground beef in each one. You can add mushrooms, green peppers, or whatever you have laying around. Season them with salt, pepper, and butter, and fold the foil over to make a nice, tight package to keep the steam in. Place them on the grate over hot coals and allow them to slowly cook. When you're ready to serve, simply place each packet on a paper plate and carefully open. No need to wash pots and pans when dinner is over. This method is also great for quick-and easy breakfasts, like potatoes, bacon, and scrambled eggs or freshly caught fish fillets with steamed vegetables and lemon.

Shish Kebab

What could be easier than chopping and skewering? You can even use whittled sticks in a pinch if you forgot the shish kebab skewers. Marinate beef tips or chicken nuggets for a few hours or overnight to tenderize and season. Chop chunks of onion, peppers, and tomato. When you're ready, simply thread the alternating pieces of meat and vegetables and cook over a low, slow fire. You can serve with a baked potato, or wrap a flour tortilla around the skewer and slide off for an impromptu fajita. Just add cheese, sour cream, and salsa for a festive feast.

Campfire Sandwiches

You can use iron sandwich makers that are two-sided, hinged cast iron squares on a long rod. It fits a piece of bread perfectly. The filling ideas are endless, and children love making their own, which means less work for Mom or Dad.

Spray the inside of each pan with vegetable spray, then build your "sandwich." Mini-pizza are always a hit. Buy the pizza sauce in a squirt bottle for easy, mess-free application, and then add pepperoni, cheese, mushrooms, or whatever your favorite combination is. Hold over the fire, alternating sides occasionally, and then open the maker and pop it out. When you're ready for dessert, open up a can of pie filling, put a little bit of cinnamon sugar on the bread, add a dollop of filling, and you have an instant "fresh from the oven" personal pie. Cooking doesn't have to be a messy chore someone gets saddled with when cooking; it can be fun and easy for the whole family to participate.

If you plan on doing some campfire cooking for your next trip, be sure to call various campsites, such as Windemere Cove, to check if they allow campfires in the area.

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