Tuesday, May 29, 2012

10 Things to Try to Cook While Camping

In June and September, Sophia, Olivia, and I are going camping. We'll be headed to two state parks - one in southwestern Minnesota and the other where the Missippi River begins in north-central Minnesota.

The last time that we went camping, the girls enjoyed cooking over an open fire. This time, I wanted them to learn some different things to cook for all the meals - including breakfast.

So, I have found ten things to try while camping: 

1. Campfire Cones - I already told the girls about this one. Needless to say, they are thrilled. I think they like the fact that they can create their own cones with ingredients that they want.

2. Bannock - This is a bread that could be made at any meal.


2-3 cups flour
1-2  tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
2-3 tablespoons oil, butter, or lard
2/3 cup warm water


Put everything but the water in a bowl and mix with your fingers until crumbly. Slowly add water and mix until dough feels soft. It may seem that you don't have enough water, but keep working the dough until it holds together. Don't add more water!

Take a small handful and wrap around the end of a green stick, like a marshmallow roast. Knead it so it stays together. Cook over coals for about 10-12 minutes, rotating to cook evenly. Eat as is, or add a bit of jam or honey.

3. Steamed Carrots - Both the girls like carrots, so this would be a good vegetable to have for dinner one night.

4. Cheese and Cracker Bread - Something simple for lunch or before dinner while we are waiting for it to cook. From the picture below, it looks like the cheese is melted so it spreads easily on the bread.

5. Campfire Eggs - I'm hoping for eggs without ashes in them. However, they can always be picked out, I guess. This will be nice if it works - no need to carry a heavy fry pan to make eggs in.


1 orange
2 eggs
Salt and pepper


Cut the orange in half and eat the fruit, leaving two orange peel “bowls.” Crack one egg into each half of the orange and salt and pepper to taste. Carefully place the “bowls” on the edge of the campfire and cook for about 5 minutes, rotating the oranges with sticks as needed. Then eat your eggs right from the orange!

6. Hobo Hashbrowns - These potatoes would be made for breakfast.


1 potato
1/8 cup chopped onion
1 sprig of rosemary
Salt and pepper


Chop up potato and onion and place in center of tinfoil. Salt and pepper to taste and add rosemary. Wrap contents tightly in tinfoil and place on hot coals. Let cook for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes have softened. Add a little ketchup, if desired.

7. Campurritos - We've made breakfast burritos and sandwiches at home, but never camping.


16 eggs
1 pound sausage (optional)
1 yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon olive oil
6 medium potatoes, chopped
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
4 green onions, chopped
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
8 or 9 tortilla shells (16-18 for smaller campurritos)
Salt and pepper to taste
Tin foil for wrapping
Optional: salsa and/or hot sauce


Chop potatoes and boil until soft. Chop green onions and set aside. Crack 16 eggs and cook over low heat until you have soft, scrambled eggs. Salt and pepper to taste. Saute yellow onions and garlic in olive oil until fragrant. Add sausage to onion mixture and cook all the way through.

In large bowl combine sausage mixture, scrambled eggs, potatoes, cheese, green onions, parsley, and salt and pepper. Divide ingredients into 8 or 9 tortilla shells. Roll and wrap in tin foil - ready to throw on the fire. Heat for about 20 minutes.

8. Summer Sausage Hobo Packets - I remember making a hamburger and vegetable version of these packets when I went camping with my family as a child. We may modify the following recipe based on what the girls and I like to eat.

1 pound summer sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced
1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 small yellow summer squash, sliced
1 pound chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup butter, cut into eight cubes
1/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing

In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Gently stir in the chicken and tomatoes. Divide mixture among eight double thicknesses of heavy-duty foil (about 12 in. square). Top each with a butter cube.

Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Carefully open foil to allow steam to escape; drizzle with dressing. Yield: 8 servings.

9. S'mores Pops - These seem like an easy alternative to traditional s'mores.

S'mores Pops Recipe


3 chocolate bars, melted
12 large marshmallows, toasted over a campfire
1/4 cup crushed Golden Grahams® cereal
12 paper lollipop sticks or round wooden sticks with one pointed end


In small pan, melt chocolate until it can be stirred smooth. Dip each toasted marshmallow halfway into melted chocolate. Insert stick into chocolate side of marshmallow; sprinkle with crushed cereal. Place on plate; let stand at room temperature until chocolate hardens, about 1 hour. (OR...skip the lollipop sticks and eat right away while the marshmallow and chocolate are still warm.)

10. Grilled Pizza - I have wanted to make homemade, wood-fired pizza for a long time. Camping is an excuse to do that. 


Frozen pizza dough, defrosted
Spaghetti sauce
Grated mozzarella cheese
Toppings (such as chopped peppers, onions, black olives, or pepperoni)

Set the grill rack about 5 inches above the coals, which should be white-hot when you start cooking. For each pizza, take a fist-size piece of dough and roll it out thinly. Prick the crust with a fork before placing it on the rack.

Grill the crust on both sides until lightly browned (about 3 to 7 minutes per side). Flip the crust once more and spoon on sauce, cheese and the toppings of choice. Grill another few minutes to heat the toppings.

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The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

Yum! We're going camping for five days in August like we do every year. One of our fun favourites is bacon and eggs in a bag. Lay strips of bacon in the bottom of a brown paper lunch bag, then crack an egg on top. Fold the bag over, then pierce a stick or toasting fork through the top. Hold over warm coals, being careful not to set the bag on fire (the grease in the bottom will prevent it from sticking!)...check for preferred "doneness" and peel bag away...yum! Have a great trip...I'll send a link to your blog to my sister who shares the food planning with me!

Sarah Small said...

Those cones at the top look very interesting! My daughter likes to do something similar to that with a banana in foil, topped with a milky way bar, but this looks much less messy!

Jenilee said...

this is great! thanks for the recipes!

Aadel Bussinger said...

That cheesy cracker bread looks amazing! Great ideas!

Rebecca said...

We just went camping...these look great, but for the eggs....hmmm...I say take your pan....it works great on an open fire. We cooked our entire breakfast, eggs,bacon and potatoes right over the fire!

Sue said...

Hi Ann, Wow, your work is beautiful! I'm curious what type of camera you use. I just use my phone and a small digital and I'm wondering if I "should" get a better one.

I see you adopted two children. We are in the process of adopting from Child Protective Services.


Rita said...

We never had anything that good when we went camping when I was a kid. My parents were more the hot dogs and beans kind of campers. This is like gourmet camping to me--wow! Everything sounds delicious!!

I think the girls will love seeing the start of the big river! ;)

Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

This all sounds so good! We need to make a better meal plan the next time we go camping. Thanks for the great ideas!