Your taste buds do not have to be content with bland and uninteresting food when you’re camping in the wilderness, miles away from a decent restaurant. You need not miss out on your favorite dishes. You can easily prepare gourmet meals to enjoy with your camping buddies, especially if you have the right camping equipment, kitchen tools, utensils, and ingredients.
Here are 5 gourmet meals you can cook while camping:
1. Campfire Beer Pancakes with Choice of Fruit
- 3 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour;
- 1/2 cup toasted almonds or pine nuts;
- 2 cups of beer, preferably pale lager so that the pancake is fluffier;
- 2 large eggs;
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil, and a few more for cooking;
- Maple syrup for serving; and
- A choice of fruit or berries
- Mix the dry ingredients together before you leave home and pack it in a sealed container.
- At the camping site, preheat the grill and set a cast iron on it.
- In a bowl, pour the mixed dry ingredients and make a well at the center.
- Put the eggs, beer, and vegetable oil and fold the dry ingredients.
- Mix everything until it is properly moist and has the right consistency. Pancake batters should not be lumpy.
- Test the pan’s heat by pouring cold water. If the water evaporates quickly, it’s too hot. If the water sputters, the pan is all set for cooking.
- Put a tablespoon of oil on the pan to coat it.
- Using a ladle, pour about 1/4 cup of the batter per pancake.
- Flip the pancake when it starts to bubble to cook the other side.
- In between cooking the batter, add oil to the pan as needed.
Serve the pancakes with a helping of favorite fruits like bananas or berries and maple syrup.
2. Garlic Sausage and Asparagus with Lemon Garnish
- 2 packs of garlic sausages;
- A bundle of fresh asparagus;
- Minced garlic or granulated garlic;
- Sliced purple onions;
- Olive oil;
- A lemon, wedge for garnishing;
- Salt and pepper; and
- Sheets of aluminum foil
- Prepare your camping grill and heat up the coal.
- Rinse the asparagus and cut off the ends.
- Lay out the sheets of foil on a table to create your packets.
- Put four to five pieces of asparagus on each sheet.
- Add two sausages per foil.
- Add onion rings.
- Add minced garlic, depending on your preference. You can use granulated garlic if desired.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Drizzle at least two tablespoons of olive oil per packet.
- Crimp the foil packets on all ends and make sure that it’s airtight.
- Place the packets on the grill and cover it.
Cooking time for this gourmet dish is around 20 minutes. You’ll hear it boil a bit, which means it’s cooking well. The asparagus should be soft when cooked. Don’t open the packets until it is time to eat so that the steam won’t escape. Squeeze lemons on top or garnish your dish with it.
3. Bacon Ranch Grilled Potatoes
1 and 1/2 lbs. of potatoes;
- 7 to 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled;
- Your choice of salad dressing;
- 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese;
- 2 tablespoons of parsley;
- Salt and pepper;
- Cooking spray; and
- Sheets of aluminum foil
- Prepare and preheat the coal on the grill.
- Clean and slice the potatoes in even rounded shapes.
- Set the foil and use cooking spray so that the potatoes won’t stick during the cooking process.
- Mix the dressing with the potatoes and layer these on the tin foil.
- Top with bacon and cheese, salt and pepper, and parsley.
Grill for 15 minutes on one side and another 15 minutes on the other, until the potatoes are tender when you prick it with a fork. The dressing will be absorbed during the cooking process, so you might want to add more before serving.
You may also use this recipe with chicken or fish.
4. Campfire Lasagne
- 1 table spoon of olive oil;
- 2 and 1/2 cups of pasta sauce or at least 25 ounces of pasta sauce in a jar;
- 12 oz. of lasagne noodles;
- 3 cups of baby spinach;
- 1 and 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, shredded;
- 1 tbsp. of dried basil or oregano or both; and
- a sheet of foil for covering
Preheat the grill.
- In a 10″ cast iron pan, assemble the lasagne noodles.
- Coat the pan with olive oil.
- Add half a cup of pasta sauce and spread it out evenly.
- Place the first layer of lasagne, baby spinach, and cheese.
- Add the additional layers of sauce, pasta, spinach, and cheese, then top it off with sprinkles of basil and oregano.
- Cover the lasagne with foil and let it cook on the grill.
This gourmet campfire dish will cook for at least 30 minutes and can serve four to five people.
5. Campfire Apple Crisp
- 3 tbsp. of coconut oil;
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats;
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon;
- 1 tbsp. of maple syrup;
- 2 tbsp. of chopped almonds;
- 2 tbsp. of hemp seeds; and
- 2 apples
- Preheat the grill and when it’s hot, use a 10-inch cast iron skillet to cook the dish.
- Add the coconut oil first and let it melt. Toss in the oats to be coated with the oil. Toast for two minutes.
- Add and combine the cinnamon, salt, hemp seeds, chopped almonds, and maple syrup.
- Slice the apples into chunks of about a half-inch thick. Mix it well with the other ingredients and let it cook for about five minutes with regular stirring, or until a bit crispy.
Serve this warm on a bowl. It will go perfectly with a cup of coffee.
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