The warm weather is here, which means it is time to gather around the campfire. Whether it is a weekend adventure in the woods, or a late-night gathering in your backyard, you’re going to want to keep these recipes in your back pocket! They are simple, delicious, and require minimal ingredients.
It is important to keep in mind what materials and appliances you have to work with. Some campsites may provide some sort of grate or flat surface above a fire pit for campers. Other campgrounds might even provide a grill! You need to think about what utensils you have to offer as well. There are many different campfire materials to buy. This includes pans, pots, campfire stakes, griddles, sandwich presses, and anything else that could pop up on Google!
Pizza Mountain Pies
Have you ever had a pizza combined with a grilled cheese sandwich? Well, that is essentially what this recipe entails. This make-shift pizza is a great meal when camping. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, and the preparation time is super quick. To create a pizza mountain pie you will need only 6 ingredients: 1 tablespoon of butter, 2 slices of bread, 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce, 4 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella cheese, 4 slices of pepperoni, and chopped green pepper. This recipe is easy enough that you can totally just eye-ball the amounts and end up with a delicious sandwich! Keep in mind that these ingredient amounts are meant to create one “pie”. If you are with a large group or have worked up a larger appetite, just know you will need to add additional ingredient amounts for each sandwich. The directions say to use a sandwich iron to press the sandwich down, but you can use a griddle or pan as well. You are going to start by spreading the butter onto the bread slices. Place the bread piece, butter side down, onto your pan/iron. Spread the pizza sauce onto the slice of bread, sprinkle the cheese, add the pepperoni, and place a few green peppers if you choose to. Place your second piece of bread on the top – the buttered side should be facing up. At this point, if you are using an iron, press it down. Place the sandwich over your fire for around 3 to 6 minutes, or until there is a golden brown color. Flip the sandwich when needed. At this point, your pizza mountain pie is ready to eat! Enjoy!
Here’s the full run down of the pizza mountain pie recipe: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/pizza-mountain-pies/
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a Midwest staple. There is an easy way to create that same delicious food while out by a fire. This recipe is created for 8 ears of corn, so plan accordingly for the number of people you have with you. The ingredients include 8 ears of sweet corn, ½ cup of softened butter, 1&½ teaspoons of grated lime zest, 1 teaspoon of fresh minced cilantro, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of ground chipotle pepper, and optional sea salt. The soaking time is 30 minutes, the preparation time is 5 minutes, and the grilling time is approximately 25 minutes. The first step is to soak the corn in a pot with cold water for 30 minutes. After draining the water, it is time to grill over the fire or grill. Turn the un-shucked corn occasionally over the heat when you feel it is needed. While they are being grilled for around 25 minutes, you can proceed with creating the seasoning mixture. Take all of the ingredients besides the corn, and combine them together. You will end up with a seasoned buttery mixture. Once the corn is done grilling, peel back the shucks on the corn, and apply the butter mixture. Then enjoy your delicious corn on the cob – campfire style!
This recipe was found at: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/easy-grilled-corn-with-chipotle-lime-butter/
Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
This recipe will teach you how to make your own fries – on the fire! The ingredients consist of 2 sweet potatoes, 2 tablespoons of vegetable or olive oil, 1 chopped clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, and 1 packet of dry ranch seasoning. If you have any other spices available that you think would blend well, go ahead and try them out! The directions start with washing your potatoes and then slicing them lengthwise so that they look like fries. Take all of your ingredients and mix them together. You want the potato slices to be covered in the seasoning mixture. Once they are covered, spread the pieces out on a baking sheet that is covered with tin foil. You are going to want to set up a grate over your burning fire or use a grill. Let the fries sit until they begin to get crispy, and flip them when needed. If you prefer a crispier fry, it is recommended to soak the potato slices in water for 30 minutes and then let them dry for an hour before mixing them into the spice mixture. After they cook over the fire, let them cool and dig in!
For an in-depth explanation of these fries, and to view many other recipes, visit: https://www.eurekacamping.com/blog/article/25-easy-camping-recipes-using-5-ingredients-or-less
Pot of S’mores
We couldn’t write an article about campfire recipes without including a sweet marshmallow treat! S’mores are a classic, but the Pot of S’mores is a creative twist on the original. This recipe is great for a large group of people that want a quick and easy dessert. The recipe calls for 1 package of graham crackers (that will eventually be crushed), ½ cup of melted butter, 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips, 1 cup of butterscotch chips, and 2 cups of mini marshmallows. For the Pot of S’mores, you want the fire to have low heat so that nothing burns. It says to use a cast-iron Dutch oven, which is fairly common for campers to own. Mix together the crushed graham crackers and melted butter, and press them into the bottom of the container. Pour the condensed milk over this crust mixture, sprinkle the chocolate and butterscotch chips, and then finish it off by placing the marshmallows along the top. Cover the Dutch oven with the lid and place it over the fire. It will take about 15 minutes for the marshmallows to melt, which is when it is time to take the mixture off of the heat. Once the sweet creation has cooled off, it’s a free-for-all! People can eat it using spoons, sectioning it out onto plates, or using graham crackers to scoop it out!
Check out: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/pot-of-s-mores/ for the full recipe and details!
All of these recipes consist of very minimal ingredients, have very simple and quick preparation times, and are guaranteed to make all campers happy! The next time you know you are going to be out by a fire, try out one of these recipes. Whether you are feeling like making something healthy or want a sweet treat, there are options for both! Take time this summer to sit around a campfire with friends and family, and indulge in some delicious foods!
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