We all have a friend who considers cooking an art and loves being by the stove and mixing the pot. We say it is time for him (or her) to leave the house and show him that there are other ways to enjoy his hobby, for example, cooking delicious recipes for camping. In this way, you will enjoy your hobby (go out to nature) and your friend will complete the experience with a delicious meal, cooked at the campfire.
Camping is an incredible experience from many points of view. These are only some of them:
- In reality you manage to escape from your daily routine.
- You get in touch with nature and explore new sensations.
- you learn about plants, mushrooms, food that you can find in the desert
- You can also have the incredible luck of seeing animals in their natural habitat.
- You can bond with friends and family (a night under the clear sky, in the forest is a good time to tell stories and have fun)
- You can relax and have fun without technology and gadgets.
- You really learn to see the world around you and you understand its meaning.
If these arguments are not convincing enough, food cooked on a campfire should convince you.
There are many easy camping recipes that can transform a boring camp day into an incredible one. Just think about it: cooking in camping is an activity that involves everyone. It’s not like you’re at home, in the kitchen where only your mother or your wife intervenes. Here you have to help because you do not have sophisticated machines to take care of some of the loads. This is probably one of the reasons why we found that camping food is more delicious, because everything is done manually and everyone works together.
Camping kitchen equipment that can be useful
To cook the best recipes for camping, you will need a special camping equipment. Why so special? Well, if you camp with only one backpack on your back (actually, it is recommended if you want to have the whole camping experience) you will not be able to take pots, pans, porcelain plates, cups and all kinds of things you find. in the kitchen. There are special items created by experienced campers and athletes who will not occupy all the space in your backpack and will not add too much weight.
If you decide to take the car, you can take almost everything you want with you, but you will miss much of the actual camping experience. We know that comfort is important, especially when you want to relax, but it is not changing much. It’s just like being at home, you just stay in a tent, this experience will not allow you to be in touch with nature.
Let’s see now what kind of kitchen equipment you should have when you camp:
- The first on your list should be a Camping stove and the necessary fuel. There is a full range of stoves, especially designed for camping, but we recommend a small tank with the stove that comes on top. A small stove is easy to pack and will not take up much space. If you are not completely sure of what kind of stove you need, here is a video review on various types of camp stoves;
- Thermos – As much as you want to keep technology away, you will feel the lack of a thermos. You can keep the coffee there or any other hot liquid such as tea or milk. In the morning, you will need that hot coffee and the thermos will always be there for you;
- A large jug for water., with water. Be sure to drink enough water from the house. Consider all activities that will require water, such as washing hands and face, washing food, drinking, cooking and others. You may be lucky enough to find a water source nearby, but in case you do not have it, you should have enough water. In case you find a water source, you can use the jug for transport and storage.
- A cooler It will also be a great help (if you travel with your car). You can store meat, cheese and anything that needs cold temperatures to stay cool. If it’s hot outside, you can store your drinks there.
- Grill of the campfire The grill is amazing for the entire camping experience we talked about. There is nothing more delicious than a good grilled sausage or a good piece of meat, smoked by the fire.
- Dutch oven – If you plan to cook something that needs heat everywhere, this will be a great help. It’s amazing for cooking beans, potatoes, vegetables and more, and it gives food a special taste for the outdoors. So if you can take it, take it.
- Dishes, crockery glasses – If you are not planning to eat with your hands, you will also need these items. Look for specially created camping kits made of durable plastic. These items are designed to take up as little space as possible and do not break easily, which is a great advantage when camping.
- Firewall, charcoal, matches – If you do not plan on making the fire with the woods you find on the site, you will need these items. The campfire is the main character when you go camping; You need it to stay warm at night, to cook and to feel as if you are really in the desert. That is why you need to make sure you have the necessary elements to carry out the fire.
- Other elements Like paper towels, bowls, tongs, anything you consider necessary.
Now that we’ve established the basics you’ll need to cook when you camp, let’s talk about some of the best camping recipes that will make your experience truly incredible.
Easy camping recipes for cooking at the campfire.
The recipes for camping can go from very simple (for example, grilled mushrooms) to very elaborate (roasted to the pot). We will discuss some easy recipes for camping, for beginners and some not so easy but extra delicious for those who dare to try more.
Recipe # 1 – Casserole of green beans in aluminum foil
This is the kind of recipe you make with what you have left in the fridge. So if you want to clean your refrigerator when you go camping, put one of these on the menu. It is also a kind of spring meal, but you can also do it in summer.
The main ingredients for this camping recipe:
- Green beans: here you can choose between frozen, canned or fresh. If you have the possibility of obtaining fresh green beans, it is always the best option;
- New potatoes: about 3 or 4 with respect to the size and quantity of green beans you will use;
- Mushroom soup;
- salt, pepper and paprika;
- A little butter or anything else that can replace it.
These are the basic ingredients, but you can add more vegetables like mushrooms, green pepper, onion and others.
How to cook:
- Take an aluminum foil, large enough to form a pocket;
- Wash the vegetables (if you have not already done so at home) and prepare the beans and potatoes for cooking;
- Cut the potatoes into medium cubes and also cut other vegetables that you consider adding
- Grease one side of the sheet with butter or another type of fat to make sure the food does not stick to it;
- Mix all the vegetables and place them on the sheet (make sure there is enough space on the sheet so you can make the pocket);
- Put some mushroom soup and butter on top and add seasonings;
- Bend and seal the aluminum pocket, but be sure to leave some space for the air to flow back and forth.
- Place the resulting package on the grill or directly on the hot charcoal. Add an additional layer of aluminum foil if you place it directly on the coals;
- Wait about 15 to 20 minutes and remove it from the heat;
- Open the pocket carefully (it is very hot and there is a lot of steam) and enjoy a delicious meal.
The secret of this recipe is that mushroom soup and butter melt and cook the vegetables inside the foil, making them delicious and ready to eat. It is a healthy recipe since it does not require frying and is absolutely delicious. You will have to make a pocket for each member of your group because in an aluminum sheet you can only place enough beans and vegetables for one.
Recipe n. ° 2: roasted to the pot with a Dutch oven.
As we said earlier, the Dutch oven is a miracle when it comes to cooking at the campfire.
The roast to the pot is amazing cooked in this way and you can include it in your list of the best recipes for camping. To cook this delicious dinner you will need the following ingredients:
- 0.5 to 1 kg of roast beef at the supermarket (if you do not plan to hunt some kind of buffalo);
- 4 medium-sized potatoes;
- 2 onions of medium size;
- 1 large bunch of celery;
- 3 carrots (choose some large ones) or 4.5 small ones;
- Salt, pepper, garlic (you can use garlic powder or real garlic);
- some oil;
- Water to cover the ingredients.
Now that you have the ingredients and the fire is strong enough to heat the Dutch oven, it’s time to start cooking. Wake up your lazy friends and put them to work: someone needs to wash the ingredients very well and someone has to cut the meat and cut the vegetables. After all, you do not need the vegetables to be super cut. You are cooking in the forest.
How to cook:
First, put some oil in the Dutch oven to make sure all sides are covered and then place the pot on a good bed of hot charcoal to have constant heating. Cooking will take a while, so be sure to have another fire nearby to offer you a steady supply of hot charcoal.
Now that your pot is warming pleasantly (3 to 5 minutes), take care of the meat. Season with salt, pepper and garlic everywhere. When the Dutch oven is hot (the oil starts to sizzle) put the meat inside the pot and let it burn on all sides (approximately one or two minutes on each side). This action is necessary to seal all the juices inside the meat. When you have finished browning (the meat is golden brown on all sides), stir the vegetables and stir for a few minutes.
The last step is to add water, enough to cover everything, but not too much so you can see the meat and vegetables. After all these actions, cover the pot with the lid and stack some hot charcoals on top. You can also heat some rocks in the fire (during cooking and stirring) and stack them on top of the Dutch oven. The rocks release heat slowly, allowing the pot to take it.
If you are very hungry, this is not the food to wait. The cooking usually lasts between 3 and 4 hours, so start roasting the pot once you finish having lunch. Make sure there are hot coals around and on top of the pot all the time. If you forget this aspect, your food will be raw and, honestly, not so tasty.
This recipe is for approximately 4 or 5 servings and it is recommended to serve it hot, so if you do not have so many people to feed, you may want to reduce the ingredients. However, be careful, the end result is so tasty that you can end up with some life-long camping partners!
Recipe # 3 – Grilled chicken wings and legs
This is one of the best recipes for camping because it is easy to cook and it is not heavy to eat. You can also combine it with all kinds of secondary foods such as salads, rice, beans, etc.
The main ingredient in this incredible recipe for camping is chicken meat. Of course, if you want to use chicken breast instead of wings and legs, you have the freedom to do so. We chose wings and legs because they are less pretentious and go very well on a campfire grill.
To make sure the meat is still fresh when you are ready to cook it, it is best to buy it frozen and stick it in the cooler. In this way, it will keep the temperature of the cooler low and its meat will thaw slowly, keeping it cool.
For this type of grill you need a medium fire. Chicken meat is tender and burns easily, so make sure the fire is not too strong. When the necessary temperature is reached, place the grill on the hot charcoal and carefully place the wings and legs on it. Before this, you should clean and wash the meat and then season it with salt, pepper and maybe some garlic. Also make small cuts in the meat to make sure the heat reaches the inside. A leg of chicken that looks cooked on the outside but that is raw inside will not be so delicious.
If you do not like the idea of placing the meat directly on the grill, you can use an aluminum foil. The heat of the grill will be dispersed in the foil creating a flat, hot surface for the meat to cook. Make sure you turn the meat around and keep the fire alive. The chicken does not need much time to cook, around 30 to 60 minutes according to the fire.
Meanwhile you can prepare the salad or heat the canned beans. You can also add mustard, sauce or other sauces to this incredible dish. The reason why you should include it in your menu is that it is extremely versatile. With a little imagination you can transform this recipe into something you only eat at luxury restaurants. It is easy to cook and very easy to eat!
We know you’re already hungry after reading about these delicious camping recipes, but you absolutely need to cook them in a bonfire. Only there you can capture the taste of the smoke that gives the food of the campfire a different flavor. There are thousands of easy recipes for camping and if you like to cook this should be a piece of cake.
As you can see, there are many advantages when you go camping: you can eat healthily, breathe fresh air, forget about stress and take your nose off computers, phones and tablets. You can really live as we should live: in harmony with the environment around us! Equipped with these easy recipes for camping and lots of energy, who would not want to go camping?