Delicious, Easy Recipes For Campers
— Guest post by outdoor enthusiast and blogger at HikingMastery.com, Rebecca Crawford.
What’s not to love about camping?
And if you’re all set with the right ingredients for savory meals, you can add food to that list. So if you think it’s really messy, irksome or a waste of time to cook when you’re camping, you couldn’t be more wrong. If you have the best recipes, you can prepare extremely delicious meals in no time, so read along.
Campfire Cinnamon Roll-ups
These are a great way to start the day. With some much-needed carbs, you’ll have tons of energy for the rest of the day. Or you can use this recipe for an afternoon snack or as an easy-to-make dessert after the main course; the kids will love it, and so will everyone else.
• Cinnamon: 2 tablespoons
• Crescent rolls: 2 packs
• Sugar: 0.5 cups
• Wooden skewers
• Wooden spoon
1. Mix the cinnamon and the sugar in your bowl.
2. Take the crescent rolls out of their pack and cut small portions so you can wrap each skewer. Make sure you don’t overlap them, nor leave empty spaces.
3. Drizzle as much of the sugary spices as you want over the skewers.
4. Rotate the skewers over the campfire, until they become a light brown. Don’t keep them too much though, a few minutes will do.
If you’re not sure what you can have as a nutritious snack, these campfire nachos are a great idea for one of those days when you’re too tired to do much cooking.
• Cheese dip: 8 ounces
• Red pepper
• Shredded cheese: 3 ounces
• Tortilla chips: 2 bags
• Iron skillet
• Place the chips inside the skillet, making sure you’re making even layers.
• Add some cheese dip on top, covering them well.
• Now place the shredded cheese on top.
• Place the iron skillet on the campfire, but don’t rotate it.
• After about 10 minutes, you can check if the cheese has melted.
• Add the red pepper, ketchup, and mayonnaise or other spices, and enjoy.
Blueberry Banana Pancakes
The best idea for a quick brunch, these campfire pancakes are not only easy to make, but they’re nutritious as well as a low-calorie meal. You can even use this as a breakfast idea, the fresh fruit you’re using are definitely delicious and a great source of carbs. And if you have a soft-sided cooler, you can even save some batter for later, that’s a terrific idea for left-over breakfast the next day.
• Baking powder: 1 teaspoon
• Banana: 1
• Blueberries: 0.5 cup
• Butter: 6 teaspoons
• Egg: 1
• Flour: 1 cup
• Maple syrup: 8 ounces
• Milk: 2 cups
• Salt: a pinch
• Campfire/ camp stove
• Iron skillet
• Measuring cup
1. Grab a bowl and pour the dry ingredients: inside.
2. Add the egg and the milk, and mix until you get a sour cream-like consistency.
3. Cut the banana into thin slices.
4. Heat your skillet over the campfire.
5. Coat the heated skillet with about 2 teaspoons of butter.
6. Pour about a third of your batter into the skillet.
7. Place a third of the banana slices and blueberries.
8. Cook for 3-4 minutes and turn the pancake with your spatula.
9. Repeat the 5-8 steps for the rest of the pancake batter.
10. Pour some maple syrup on top of your pancake and let your taste buds revel in that taste.
Chickpea Breakfast Hash with Veggies
This is another delicious breakfast that can double as a lunch or dinner, and the best news is that it’s intended for vegetarians who love themselves some protein. With the preparations and cooking done in about 20 minutes, you can get a nutritious, delicious meal ready for the road or for a rainy day in the camp.
• Chickpeas: 4 pounds dry
• Cinnamon: 0.5 teaspoons
• Coriander: 1 teaspoon
• Cumin: 2 teaspoons
• Eggs: 8
• Oil: 4 tablespoons
• Onion: 4
• Salt: 2 teaspoons
• Sweet peppers: 3 large ones
• Zucchini: 4
• Iron skillet
• Measuring cup
1. Cut the onions, sweet peppers and the zucchinis in large enough slices.
2. Pour a tablespoon of oil into your skillet and heat it.
3. Place about a fourth of all the vegetables inside the skillet until they become softer.
4. Add the chickpeas and all the spices and cook for approximately 10 minutes.
5. When these vegetables get brown, it’s your cue to add the eggs. So make some room in the middle of the skillet, add a teaspoon of oil and place two cracked eggs in this space.
6. Cook the eggs for another 5 minutes along with the vegetables and the chickpeas.
7. Repeat steps 3-6 for the remaining ingredients and delight your palate.
Camping Hot Dogs
How can you possibly miss America’s favorite snack when you’re camping? To quench your desire, read the recipe for making campfire hot dogs, which you can use as a lunch idea. You don’t need a lot of ingredients, this food doesn’t go bad, and you’ll have packed some great protein and carbs under your belt.
• Crescent rolls
• Enough hot dogs for the group
• Your favorite toppings
• Aluminum foil
• Long metal skewers
1. Put each hot dog on a skewer, but not all the way in.
2. Roll each hot dog in a crescent roll triangle, starting with a triangle side.
3. Wrap each of these in aluminum foil, but make sure they’re not too tight.
4. Rotate these skewers over the campfire for about 20 minutes.
5. Take the aluminum foil out.
6. Add your favorite hot dog toppings and enjoy each bite.
What Will You Cook? With so many delicious recipes to choose from, which ones sound more appealing to you? Which sounds the easiest to prepare and which seems like too much of a hassle? What sort of meals do you generally eat when you’re camping? Leave your comment below.
Author Bio – Rebecca Crawford
Rebecca lives in USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for HikingMastery.com.