It’s always fun to hear about what others like to cook when they camp. Here are a few camping recipes sent in by readers…
Stovetop Egg Bake
This hearty breakfast or brunch dish was sent in by Krista Erickson of Duluth, Minnesota. You can use as many or few fresh veggies and toppings as you and your crew like.
- 12 eggs*
- 2 bell peppers, chopped OR 2 cups leftover cooked meat
- 1/2 sweet vidalia onion, chopped
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 4 oz. colby jack cheese, split
- 1/8 cup millk
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil (or butter)
- 1 Tbsp Chicago Steak Seasoning
- 1-1/2 tsp Season All
- Cilantro (optional)
- Salsa (optional)
- Sour cream (optional)
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the coconut oil (butter). Add bell peppers (or cooked meat), minced garlic, onion and steak seasoning and saute to desired consistency. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk and Season All. Whisk lightly. Pour egg mixture over the sauteed veggies. Mix occasionally until eggs are almost done. Mix in 2 oz. of cheese until melted. Reduce heat, gather mixture into the middle of the skillet and sprinkle on the rest of the cheese. Add a bit of water to the edges to keep the eggs from burning. Cover until cheese on top is melted.
Serve and enjoy with optional ingredients!
*So you don’t have to worry about breaking your egg shells when traveling: Crack and put the dozen eggs in a gallon-size Ziplock bag ahead of time.
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagels
A favorite breakfast of Alison Givand’s family, these hearty breakfast sandwiches “fill you up a long time when you’re out being active.”
- Bagels of choice, sliced
- Bacon (pre-cooked to make it even simpler)
- Eggs, 1 per person
- Sliced cheese of choice
Fry the eggs hard in a skillet. Heat up the pre-cooked bacon in the same skillet. Lay the hot egg and bacon on one half of a sliced bagel. Top with a slice of cheese and allow to melt a bit. Put the top half of the bagel on and you’re good to go.
Chili Mac Dinner
This was also sent by Alison. This super easy recipe is a favorite camping meal of her family of 6.
- Spaghetti, other pasta or boxed mac & cheese
- Chili, either pre-made from home or canned
- Grated cheddar cheese
Cook & drain pasta or make mac & cheese. Top with heated chili and sprinkle with grated cheese.
We (the Brodin family) invented these on a camping trip once on our last morning, with leftover breakfast food. It then became a breakfast staple!
- Flour tortillas
- Ham or pre-cooked sausage or bacon, crumbled/diced
- Eggs, one or two per person
- Diced and cooked onion, broccoli, hash browns or other veggie if you like
- Grated cheese (cheddar or pepper jack, or other you prefer)
Cook any veggies if you’re using them. Add pre-cooked meat to heat. Add eggs and scramble all together, cooking until the eggs are done. Add grated cheese just until melted. Spoon into the middle of a tortilla, roll up and enjoy.
This derivative of the Breakfast Tortilla ended up being a favorite lunch at home for our kids for many years, too. It’s something kids can easily make themselves once they’re old enough to use the stove.
- Cooked Italian sausage and/or pepperoni
- Grated mozzarella cheese
- Pizza sauce
- Flour tortillas
- Any other pizza toppings you like
Add a small amount of oil or butter to a hot skillet. Place a tortilla on the hot skillet. Place a small amount of sauce, meat, any veggies and cheese on half the tortilla. Fold in half and let heat up, being careful not to burn the tortilla. Flip it over to heat up the other side until cheese is melted. Serve hot.
Campfire Foil Dinner
Foil dinners are a great way to cook without having to wash dishes afterwards! This recipe was sent in by Sally Ackermann:
Ingredients (per person):
- One hamburger patty
- Bacon (2-3 slices)
- Sliced potatoes, carrots, onion and green pepper (or your favorite veggies)
- Salt & pepper to taste
Spray a piece of heavy aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray. Wrap burger in bacon and place in foil with veggies. Season. Wrap it up and place in the campfire coals, turning often as it cooks. It’ll take a half hour, give or take, so check them every so often. When the hamburger’s done and the veggies are tender you’re good to go!
Do you have any favorite easy camping recipes you’d like to send in? Email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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