Who says campfire cooking means roughing it? There's no need for your palette to take a hit just because you've only got an open flame. Put away the hot dogs and Jiffy Pop and get ready to cuddle up around your roaring fire for some tasty campfire cuisine. For quick and easy campfire cooking, and more importantly, quick and easy cleanup, foil packets can't be beat. And as an added bonus, they can be customized to include almost any ingredients. Just make sure to use heavy-duty foil to avoid rips and tears while cooking.
Hamburger and Veggie Foil Packets
- 1/2 lb. ground hamburger
- 1/2 can of mixed vegetables
- 1/2 can of cream of mushroom soup
- Spices and seasonings of your choice
Mix together all ingredients and place the mixture on the center of a sheet of foil - you'll need a sheet of foil about twice as long as the food you'll be wrapping up. Wrap tightly in tent pack by bringing long sides of the foil together in the center and tightly folding them together toward the food. Stop folding a few inches before you get to the food, leaving a pocket of space and creating a tent so food can steam. Tightly roll up the shorter sides, leaving an inch or so of space between the end of the fold and the food. Then simply cook on hot coals for 25 minutes.
Catch of the Day
- Fresh fish (any type)
- 1/4 cup of onions
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
Mix melted butter with salt, pepper, parsley, dill, and a dash of lemon juice (to taste). Place the onions on the foil sheet, place the fish on top, and sprinkle with paprika. Wrap the foil in a flat pack and place on top of hot coals. Scoop hot coals on top of the packet and cook for 15-20 minutes.
Campfire Breakfast Burritos:
- 16 eggs
- 1 lb. sausage
- 1 yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 medium potatoes, chopped
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Tin foil for wrapping
- Salsa and/or hot sauce
Cut potatoes into bite-size pieces and boil until soft. Chop green onions and set aside. Crack eggs and cook over low heat until you have soft, scrambled eggs. Salt and pepper to taste. Saute yellow onions and garlic in 2 Tablespoons of 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 tortillas and roll up securely. Wrap rolled burritos in tin foil and reheat over your campfire when you're ready.
S'mores are a campfire standby, but there's always a way to spice up an old favorite. Rather than sticking with the usual graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallow combo, try out these twists:
- Caramel S'mores: Take your traditional s'mores to the next level by adding caramel ice cream topping on top of roasted marshmallows before topping it off with your graham cracker.
- Peanut Butter S'Mores There's nothing more delicious than chocolate and peanut butter … unless you put that combo on s'mores of course. Rather than using plain chocolate bars, use peanut butter cups for an extra treat next time you make s'mores.
S'mores aren't the only delicious dessert that can be cooked over a campfire. Try a healthy and nutritious fall favorite with this fruit-based treat.
- Roasting sticks
Skewer an apple on a cooking stick and hold the fruit over hot campfire until the apple peel splits and sizzles. Carefully peel the skin away from the apple, and roll the apple in cinnamon-sugar. Enjoy!