Heading out for a weekend of camping with canned Vienna sausages and a dry cornbread recipe? Not on our watch. We’re about to add excitement to your campfire experience with four of our favorite, most flavorful meal recommendations. Here are the four best meals to make over a campfire.
We’ll kick off this list with the very simple yet quite delicious breakfast sandwich. Its easy-to-follow instructions and ability to transport ingredients make it one of the best meals to make over a campfire. We appreciate this one for its customizability and minimal clean-up requirements. You’ll want to grab your cast iron pan or griddle and a good spatula.
6 slices of cheese
Bacon, ham, chicken, or any other preferred protein. At least 6 servings worth
6 Brioche buns
Butter and honey are two optional ingredients for added aroma and flavor.
Heat your cast iron griddle over your campfire and thoroughly cook your protein. Whether you go for savory sausage patties, thick bacon strips, or chunky ham slices, you’ll want to prepare your eggs right in their grease. Once your egg yokes are cooked to your liking, place a slice of cheese on each one. Then you can put all your cooked ingredients in between those fluffy brioche buns to complete your breakfast sandwich. Return your assembled sandwich back to your cast iron and flip once, allowing each side to reach your desired toastiness.
Shrimp Boil Foil Packets
This next recipe will take a little more prep beforehand, but it comes together very quickly at the campfire, providing the maximum time for relaxation and enjoyment. As the name implies, all ingredients are sealed in heavy-duty foil and placed over the fire. An essential element of this meal is ensuring that all of the ingredients finish cooking at the same time. That being said, be mindful of the size of the ingredients as you prepare them (smaller pieces cook more quickly), and of their placement within your foil packet as some ingredients take longer to cook than others. We also suggest heat-resistant gloves or a good pair of tongs for handling hot foil bags.
1 ear of corn, cut into 8 pieces
1 medium zucchini, sliced about ¾’’ thick
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ lb uncooked shrimp
2 andouille sausage
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
4 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley
Begin each packet by piling your pre-chopped corn and zucchini onto the center of an 18” piece of heavy-duty foil. Continue building your pile with the shrimp and the sausage, and then top everything off with the minced garlic, spices, and butter. Stack an additional 18’’ piece of foil on top of your campfire-ready goodness. Then bring one of the short edges of the foil to meet the other, crimping around all the edges to secure your ingredients inside. Toss each packet right onto a grill grate over your campfire for 8-12 minutes, depending on the intensity of your fire. Flip occasionally, listening for when the liquid starts to steam, and, once the packets puff up with air, remove them from the grill and let them cool slightly. Carefully unwrap the foil to reveal your savory campfire meal and top with fresh parsley.
Does this one even need an introduction? Who needs to be convinced to eat pizza around the campfire? Hopefully not you. Grab your dutch oven and let’s dive right in.
1 ball of pizza dough
1 jar of pizza sauce
Your favorite pizza toppings
1 cup of asiago cheese, shredded
1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
To create a base to build on, start by cooking your pizza dough for about five minutes in the bottom of your dutch oven before adding the rest of the ingredients. Next, layer on your sauce. Use marinara, Buffalo, Barbeque, or white sauce depending on what toppings you choose. Just remember that a little goes a long way due to our means of cooking. Evenly cover the sauce with the fragrant asiago before evenly distributing the rest of your favorite pizza toppings. Lastly, top off everything with your cup of mozzarella. Place the lid on top, set your dutch oven on the coals, and throw a handful of coals on top of the lid. Lastly, start a short ten-minute countdown to the most delicious dutch oven pizza.
Let’s wrap up by indulging our sweet tooth with another filling breakfast. Here’s the only french toast recipe you’ll ever need and some pointers to cook it to (insert chef’s kiss here) perfection.
½ lb loaf bread, cut it yourself
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, optional
8 tablespoons butter for pan
Maple syrup & berries to top
Begin by cutting your loaf into ¾’’-1’’ thick slices. Next, beat your eggs and add milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and sugar to the mix and stir until everything is thoroughly combined. Now that you’ve prepped the two main components of this recipe go ahead and heat 4 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over a medium fire. Soak each slice of bread in your egg and milk mixture for about 10 seconds on each side. Allow excess mixture to drip off, and sprinkle a bit of sugar onto each side of your bread before frying in the skillet. Each side will require about 3 minutes to reach that beautiful golden color and perfectly crisp texture. As you work your way through the rest of the slices, add butter to the skillet as needed. Finally, top your perfected french toast with maple syrup and fresh fruit.
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