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Campfire Recipies for Wowing Your Family and Friends

Campfire Recipies for Wowing Your Family and Friends

“What’s for dinner?”

You hear the repeated question from the back of your rig as you pull into the campground. Your mind is awash with a gaggle of other items that you need to take care of before you can even think about dinner. Do you go out and set yourself back another hour from getting set up in your campsite?Do you just give your family chips and lunch meat to tide them over? No. You love your family and you’re in need of some quick and delicious campfire recipes.We’re here to help. First, you’re going to need some campfire gear.Here’s the minimum list to get you started:

  • Campfire
  • Skillet
  • Cooking grate or stump stove
  • Aluminum foil
  • Spatula
  • Extra-long tongs
  • Dinosaur taco holders
  • RecPro 10 oz. tumbler

Once you have your fire safely started and grate, stump stove, or suspended cooking surface securely in place, get ready to whip up these delicious recipes that will have you and your family asking for more!

1. Traveler’s Dinner – Once known by its less PC name, the Hobo’s Dinner, this meal is a campfire classic. If you’ve not heard of this staple from the outdoor world, you’re missing out. It’s tough to nail down the exact original recipe because this was a dinner that “Hobos” would make when they stopped for the night and would cook with whatever ingredients they had on hand. We’re going to give you the basic recipe:

  • Corn cobs – 2 to 3 (cut 2” long)
  • Sliced carrots – 1 cup (baby carrots are best)
  • Onion – 1 cup (diced)
  • Sliced potatoes – 1 cup (pieces cut to the size of a large grape)
  • Your choice of chicken, hamburger, or steak (one 6 oz. piece)
  • Salt – 1 tsp.
  • Pepper – 1 tsp.
  • Optional – Rosemary or thyme
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 2 tbsp.

You will need to cut eight squares of aluminum foil that are 12” x 12” square. Take your vegetables (and optional seasonings if you have them) and toss them into a bowl. Drizzle the oil over the veggies and spices until they all have a light coating of the oil. Now, take two of the foil squares and stack them on top of one another (dull side up.) Pour your vegetable medley onto the foil and then take your selected meat and put it on top in the center of the pile. Sprinkle on salt and pepper and pull up the sides of the foil to create a pocket and then crimp the top and sides closed. Always use your extra-long tongs to put the packets in and remove them from your cooking surface above the fire. Put the packets (make three more with the remaining foils) on your cooking surface and wait at least 45 min to check the meat and see if it is done. A cooking thermometer is best for this (see cooking guides to get exact temperature guidelines for “doneness”.) Make sure you turn the packets at least three times over the cooking period.Once meat is done and vegetables are fork tender, you’re ready to eat!!

2. On the Road Tacos! – There’s an exclamation point because they’re just that good. When you’re on the road there’s simply no reason why you and your family can’t enjoy some flashy flavor. Instead of the basic staples of meat and potatoes that you normally cook because they’re easy to store and manipulate into multiple dishes, why not treat yourself? You can do just that with some spicy On the Road Tacos! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Whole kernel corn – 1 ½ cups
  • Canned black beans – 1 cup
  • Taco seasoning (your choice of brand) – 1 packet
  • Ground beef – 2 lbs.
  • Pre-cooked Mexican rice – 1 packet
  • Onion (diced) – 1 cup (optional)
  • Medium-sized bags of corn chips (1 per guest)
  • Soft/hard taco shells – 1 pack

Brown the 2 lbs. of ground beef in your skillet (along with the onions if you choose to add them.) Once cooked, add the packet of seasoning, beans, corn, and Mexican rice.Add a half of a RecPro tumbler of water (or 5 oz.) to the mix and stir thoroughly. Once cooked, open your bags of corn chips, and get your taco dinosaurs ready! You can either put your tacos in your taco dinosaur holders (which is great for kids) and fill them with your taco mix or, if you want to wander around the campground, put the mix (after it has cooled to warm) in one of the bags of corn chips. Grab a spoon and get going with your walking tacos!

3. Saucy Spicy Apple-Sass – We can’t leave you without some type of dessert! Our SSAS is a sure-fire way to cap off a great campfire dinner. You’ll only need a few ingredients to get this dish put together:

  • Medium to large apples sliced thin (wedges) – 5 to 7 (Honeycrisp preferably)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Karo syrup – ½ cup
  • Butter – 1 ½ sticks (unsalted)
  • Cayenne pepper – 1 tsp.
  • Graham cracker cups – 6
  • Ground clove – 1 tsp.
  • Whip cream
  • In a bowl combine the sugar, clove, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and Karo syrup until apples are completely coated. Put butter into skillet and wait until stick is partially melted. Add apples from mixing bowl. Cook (stirring occasionally) until apples are fork tender. Take skillet from cooking surface and let apples cool. After cooled scoop into graham cracker cups and top with whipped cream. Serve to your guests and family and you’re sure to be labeled the doyenne of the camp cooking world!

Jul 26th 2018 SD Shank

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