5 Favorite Camping Recipes

by | Jul 6, 2019

Early morning coffee is my favorite part of family camping trips. Quiet and peaceful, you can see and hear the world waking up around you. The air is a little crisp and hopefully, the kids are still sleeping away in the tent.

But as soon as they wake up, you know they’ll be clamoring for food! Everything tastes better cooked over the open fire! But sometimes, we get a little stumped for easy and delicious campfire meals.

Over the years, we’ve collected a nice little arsenal of campfire meal ideas. It took me a while to realize that not everything at the campsite has to be as strictly made-from-scratch as it is at home. So sometimes, I’ll use a packaged item when I’d make my own at home, but usually we are still pretty healthy and homemade, even when camping!

Before we leave, I bake a TON of bread. I can scale my sourdough recipe up pretty high, so bringing ten loaves isn’t unheard of. Anything more than that and they aren’t fresh when we are ready to eat the bread. The bread will make sandwiches for lunch and toast for breakfast, but one of my favorites is Campfire Garlic Bread!

Campfire Garlic Bread

Delicious, buttery garlic bread right on the campfire!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Sarah

Equipment

  • Campfire

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf bread round or boulle loaf works best
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 cloves garlic

Instructions

  • Take a loaf of bread and cut slits – almost all the way through, but not quite, going vertical across the loaf. Then turn your loaf 180 degrees, and repeat the cuts.
  • Spread out the openings and fill with slices of butter and bits of garlic.
  • Wrap the bread tightly in foil and place on the fire for about 5 minutes.
  • Unwrap and tear apart delicious chunks of buttery garlic bread!

When I pack food for roadtrips, I tend to use frozen items as ice packs and then plan in at least one grocery run, if our trip will be over a couple days long. I will pack frozen burgers or pork chops, to be eaten as our first evening meal at the campsite. The meat will be about thawed when we are ready to use it and then we have an easy, filling meal. Grill the meat and serve with foil veggies and potatoes.

Campfire Foil Veggies and Potatoes

Sarah
Delicious, perfectly tender veggies and potatoes make a great side dish for any campfire meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Campfire

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sliced onion
  • 2-3 sliced sweet peppers
  • 6 sliced potatoes

Instructions
 

  • This can be prepped and packed ahead of time or quickly put together at the campsite! Wash and slice all of the veggies and potatoes.
  • Cut six generously sized pieces of foil.
  • Place 1/6th of the onions and peppers along with one potato on each piece of foil.
  • Salt and pepper each foil packet and add a dollop or two of butter.
  • Tightly seal each foil packet by rolling two edges together, all the way around.
  • Place packets on fire for about 15 minutes. Be CAREFUL when opening, as they'll steam and be very hot.

Notes

Variations: Use oil in place of butter or add any veggies of choice. Mushrooms and asparagus are excellent, too!
Keyword Campfire Meal

Another perfectly frozen option are my Hot Pockets for a Crowd. Make a huge batch of these ahead of time and freeze. Pop them into the cooler to act as an ice pack and then you’ll have perfect sandwiches on your second day. You could also wrap them in foil and heat over the fire for a hot sandwich option.

Hot Pockets – for Freezer or a Crowd

Sarah
This huge batch of Homemade Hot Pockets with keep the crowds happy and fed! Perfect for a party or a the freezer.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 35 mins
Course lunch, on the go, Snack
Cuisine American, Hot Pockets
Servings 32 sandwiches

Ingredients
  

  • 1500 g water room temperature
  • 2000 g all purpose flour
  • 20 g dry yeast
  • 20 g salt
  • 96 slices salami or meat of choice
  • 32 slices cheddar cheese or cheese of choice
  • 2 egg whites

Instructions
 

  • Put 1500 g of room temperature water into a large bowl (allow for the dough to rise. I use my HUGE bowl!)
  • Sprinkle year over the water and allow it to activate.
  • Add 2000 g of all purpose flour (I always use King Arthur).
  • Add salt, after the flour.
  • Mix well, cover with a clean cloth, and allow to rise about 2 hours.
  • Once the dough has risen (about double in size), turn it out onto a floured surface. Note that the dough will be quite hydrated and may be sticky. Sprinkle with flour, if needed.
  • Divide dough into four parts with bench knife. Divide each of those four parts into four more parts. Continue until you have 32 small dough balls.
  • Allow the dough to rest fifteen minutes.
  • Take one dough ball and roll into about a six inch round. Place meat (I used 3 pieces of salami per hot pocket) and cheese (one slice per pocket) on one half of the dough round.
  • Fold the dough over and pinch the sides with a fork.
  • Brush each pocket with egg white and place it on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 450 for about 25 minutes or until nicely browned.

Notes

These hot pockets freeze beautifully and are a breeze to reheat. Put frozen pockets on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.
Keyword Freezer Meals, Hot Pockets, Quick Snack

What’s a campfire meal without a dessert option? When we were camping in Wisconsin a few years ago, Bella made us these campfire orange muffins and they were amazing! This is such a fun campfire option for the kids to make and the results are pretty delicious.

Campfire Orange Peel Muffins

Fun and creative muffins over the campfire!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Campfire Meal
Servings: 8 muffins
Author: Sarah

Equipment

  • Campfire

Ingredients

  • 8 oranges cut in half and cleaned out
  • 1 batch muffins

Instructions

  • Cut each orange in half and scoop out the fruit {don't waste it! Eat it!}
  • Prepare a batch of muffins – here's where those box mixes come in handy!
  • fill half of the orange peels with muffin mix, replace the other {empty} half and wrap the sphere in foil.
  • Repeat until you have eight foil wrapped peels.
  • Put the foil wrapped, muffin mixed filled peels in the the fire and try to surround them with coals – carefully!
  • After 15 minutes, CAREFULLY pull them out of the fire and allow to cool.
  • Carefully open the foil, being mindful of steam, and enjoy the amazing muffins inside!

Notes

Bella added fresh blueberries to her muffins, which was delightful! Chocolate chips would be another great option.

It’s always good to plan a few meals with ingredients that can survive in the cooler for a few days. We have meatless meals on those middle days – when we’ve been on the road for longer than a day or two, but aren’t quite ready to hit a grocery store yet. On those days, we may have polenta and red sauce. This is super easy to make and filling. Here again, those store bought items you may never use at home come in pretty handy! This can be served with a salad or the foil packets posted above.

Polenta and Marinara

Easy and delicious, this is a great meatless campfire option
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • Campfire

Ingredients
  

  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1-2 tubes polenta

Instructions
 

  • In a cast iron skillet, heat oil and fry up slices of polenta
  • In another pot, saute onions and garlic and then add the marinara to warm up.
  • On each plate, place 3-4 slices of fried polenta and cover with sauce.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve with veggie foil packets or a salad!
Keyword Campfire Meal

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4 Comments

  1. Mel

    I am actually bookmarking this to try on our next camping trip! The muffins especially!! Yom

    Reply
    • Sarah

      Awesome! Let me know if you try the recipes! Have fun Adventuring!

      Reply
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