Camping Recipes
Campfire Cooking

Sure, these are camping recipes but you can cook them on any stove using the same method. Whether your idea of camping is in an RV or a tent, you can whip up these camping recipes in about 30 minutes. The key to properly cooking over a campfire with ease, lies in nestling your oven rack on top of the campfire rocks to sit level over the fire pit. Leave space on one side for stoking the fire with small pieces of wood. Once your oven rack is stable over the pit and your fire is built, your ready to cook!

You'll want to have a nice selection of camping recipes on hand too! I found that by storing my camping recipes in a small 3 ring binder along with my camping gear, it keeps me from leaving home without it! Then assemble your cooking supplies and utensils and let’s have breakfast!

To make camping recipes easy to cook, assemble everything you need ahead of time. That means not only should you have your campfire recipes, skillets, cooking utensils, and your fire ready but you should have your food prepped as well. Slice, dice and chop ahead of time and gather ingredients and spices to make your campfire recipes a breeze at cooking time.

Breakfast Frittata

4 medium russet potatoes, diced
4 hot dogs, coin-cut
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons dry powdered milk
6 eggs
2 tablespoons oil for cooking
Tabasco sauce (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Place large skillet in center of oven rack at the hottest part of the campfire. Add oil and heat for 2 minutes. When oil is hot, add diced potatoes and cook until brown. Do not stir. Turn potatoes over to brown on other side and add sliced hot dogs, cover with lid. Again, do not stir. Cook until browned.

In medium mixing bowl, add dry milk and water. Mix until milk is dissolved. Add eggs and Tabasco sauce. Stir vigorously until well combined.

Pour eggs over potatoes and hot dogs. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Cover with lid and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes or until eggs have set. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4.

From my many experiences, my opinion on camping recipes is that they should be easy to assemble, cook within an hour (or not need steady attention) and be fairly easy to clean up. The camping recipes here will be just like that. As long as you are properly prepared to cook using campfire recipes, it'll be a breeze. You'll quickly be able to serve delicious meals that rival restaurant quality!

If you have a folding skillet, they're great for camping recipes of all kinds! But a cast iron skillet is king! You can make great campfire meals and quite a few desserts too. But let's start with breakfast! You can make pancakes of course but did you know that you can make delicious stuffed french toast, Donuts, huge omelets and crispy quesadillas? I love campfire cooking!

You can make fried potatoes, bacon, sausage and scrambled eggs all in one skillet! With so many campfire recipes to choose from, I think you'll enjoy cooking outdoors. You can make strawberry crepes, chili, stews and soups and a long list of meals! I'll keep putting recipes here for you that are fairly easy to make on an open fire. You don't have to limit yourself to burgers, hot dogs and S'mores! Camping recipes have evolved!

Fried Bologna Sandwich

4 slices bologna, diced
4 eggs, well beaten
4 slices cheese
½ tsp hot sauce (try Tabasco)
8 slices bread, (can be toasted)
Mayo to taste

In medium frying pan, add bologna and cook for about 2 minutes. Add hot sauce to eggs and mix well. Pour egg mixture into bologna and cook, stirring constantly until eggs are set.

Divide cooked egg mixture among 4 slices bread. Top with cheese. Spread mayo on remaining bread slices. Place on top of cheese, mayo side down. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then in foil. Remove wrapping to reheat in microwave for 20 - 30 seconds. Can be made the night before and taken to work or school.

Fried Peanut butter and Banana sandwich

½ medium banana, mashed
2 Tbs peanut butter
2 slices bread
1 tsp margarine

Spread 1 Tbs peanut butter on each slice of bread. Spread banana on top of peanut butter on one slice bread. Gently press together. In small skillet heat margarine. Fry sandwich to golden brown on both sides.

Breakfast Muffin sandwich

1 English muffin, biscuit or 2 slices toast
1 slice cheese
1 scrambled egg
Salt and pepper to taste

Scramble egg with salt and pepper in microwave. Place scrambled egg on bread. Top with cheese slice. Wrap in plastic wrap and foil until ready to eat.

Share this Campfire Roasted Veggies with Cranberry Chicken for a simple yet delicious dinner! Need a scrumptious dessert? I gotcha covered! Cinnamon Carmel Cake. Fast, easy and melt-in-your-mouth-good.

Roasted Veggies with Cranberry Chicken

4 chicken breasts
4 medium potatoes, quartered
4 large carrots, trim ends
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
1 fresh lemon (optional)
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
heavy duty foil
cast iron skillet with fitted lid

Place carrots, rosemary, salt and pepper in covered skillet.Cook 10 minutes, turning as needed to brown all sides. Add potatoes and continue to cook, turning as necessary until carrots and potatoes are tender. Set aside covered to keep warm.

In heavy foil, place 4 chicken breasts that you have seasoned with salt and pepper. Squeeze lemon juice onto chicken and top with a thick slice or two tbs cranberry sauce.Place another foil of equal size on top of chicken and fold all sides creating a sealed package. Set into hot coals (not flame) or place in center of grill. Cook for 20-25 or until no longer pink and juices run clear. If using frozen chicken, allow longer cooking time, about 35-40 minutes.

1 Campfire Recipe=Many Fabulous Desserts!

This campfire recipe is one of my family's favorites! It doesn't take long to whip up even if you have to use a whisk. This sweet little campfire recipe is also very versatile. You can use any cake mix. Just follow directions on the box. Then decide what would be great with it! Yes, Campfire recipes are this easy! If they weren't, I would never leave my house!

Cinnamon Carmel Cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 Tbs cinnamon
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup margarine
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1/3 cup milk
Folding skillet or cast iron skillet with lid

In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, cinnamon, eggs, oil and water until thoroughly combined. Set aside. In hot skillet, melt margarine. Add brown sugar and stir for 2 minutes. Add milk and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in nuts.

Pour enough cake batter into your folding skillet to just cover the bottom about an inch or so. Pour entire mixture into large (14 inch) cast iron skillet, filling no more than half full. Cover and set on cooking rack away from flames. Cook for about 15 -20 minutes in folding skillet or 20-25 minutes in cast iron skillet. Test done with wooden pick.

Place a large platter on top of skillet and invert carefully to avoid spattering hot carmel. Serve warm.

Here's 3 cake mix ideas for camping recipes in a jiffy!

1. You can add the butter and brown sugar (leave out the milk) to the skillet, then add pineapple slices and spoon the yellow cake batter on top for Pineapple Upside Down cake! Test done with toothpick.

2. Use chocolate cake mix and add chocolate chips to batter and smother cooled cake with canned icing for an easy camping recipe that you can mix up in less than 5 minutes! So decadent!

3. Use a white cake mix and instead of using just the egg whites, use two whole eggs and continue mixing as directed on box. Pour a can of blueberry or cherry pie filling into the skillet and pour cake batter on top! It'll turn your campfire recipe into a scrumptious dessert! Seriously...a campfire recipe hero...YOU!

Old Fishing Tale

When I turned nine years old I had been helping my mom Cut-N-Gut fish for more than a year. I was also, finally, old enough to fish by myself. After all, I'd been fishing since I was seven. In my opinion, it was well overdo! We started fishing just before sun-up. Dad handed me a fishing pole, some Limburger cheese, meal-worms and night-crawlers and probably thought I would be out of his hair for hours. And so did I!

In less than an hour I came back with a Rainbow Trout dangling from my holding line. Mom had taught me how to cook the fish in foil but we decided to fry it using an old camping recipe that dad loved. By mid-morning, we had caught 3 nice sized fish and cooked them all with the same campfire cooking recipe. It was plenty of fish for dinner and it was so delicious! It was spicy, crispy and golden on the outside and flaky tender white meat inside. I'm sorry, did I get drool on you? I'm SO embarrassed.

Let me make it up to you with another camping recipe!

Campfire Fried Fish

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cups oil for frying

Use a dry cloth to hold the slippery fish. Remove fins from fish by cutting underneath and toward the head. Discard. Remove scales from fish by holding a knife blade against the skin and scraping toward the head. Remember to use a dry towel to grasp and hold the tail while cleaning (gutting) fish.

Insert knife point just above tail fin on belly and slide knife towards head, opening the belly. Remove internal organs and discard. Remove tail fin and head if desired. Rinse in cold water and place in bowl of fresh cold water.

Heat oil in large skillet to 375°F. Combine all ingredients in a plastic or paper bag. Drop wet fish in bag and gently shake until fish is well coated. Inside belly should be well coated too. Place fish in large frying pan and cook until golden brown. Turn fish over and brown on second side. Enjoy!

Learn how to cook what you catch with this

Freshwater Fish Cookbook,

a downloadable e-book.

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