Camping is a fun and adventurous activity, but fireside dinner can be even more enjoyable. Supper in the great outdoors may seem daunting, but these simple recipes are a surefire way to fill your bellies and satisfy yourselves after a full day of outdoor excitement!
1) Hearty Chicken and Potatoes
Ingredients: 4 peeled and cubed potatoes, 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts cut into cubes, 2 chopped red bell peppers, 1 diced white onion, 3 diced celery sticks, 2 cups of barbecue sauce.
Materials: 4 one-foot squares of aluminum foil, resealable plastic bag, grill or fire.
Directions: Take the aluminum squares and fold in half. Fold two of the sides three times each to create a border of 1/4 inch with an opening on the third side. This creates a pocket. In the plastic bag, combine and mix the potatoes, chicken, bell peppers, onions, celery, and barbecue sauce. Split the mixture evenly between the four aluminum pockets and seal the open ends. Place them on the grill or over the coals of the fire to cook for about 25 minutes. Your meal is finished when the potatoes are tender and the chicken has no more pink.
2) Classic Cowboy Casserole
Ingredients: 1/2 pound bacon, 1 pound lean ground beef, 1 chopped onion, 2 cans baked beans, 1/3 cup barbecue sauce, 1 package biscuit dough, 1 drained can whole kernel corn.
Materials: Skillet or dutch oven
Directions: Cook the bacon in the skillet or dutch oven over medium heat until evenly browned. Drain the grease. Cut the bacon into bite-size pieces and set aside. Add the ground beef and onion into the skillet. Brown the beef and cook until the onion is tender. Drain the grease. Stir the bacon, baked beans, barbecue sauce, and corn into the skillet with the beef and onion. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and place biscuits as one layer over the top of the skillet. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until biscuits are baked. Serve biscuits with the mixture over top.
3) Filling Grilled Potatoes
Ingredients: 4 medium potatoes, 4 tbsp softened butter, 4 tbsp coarse salt, 2 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp pepper.
Materials: Grill, aluminum foil squares, fork or knife
Directions: To prepare, heat the grill to medium-low heat and section out four foil squares large enough to wrap around each potato. Butter each foil square enough to cover each potato. Sprinkle the buttered foil with the salt, garlic powder, and pepper evenly. Roll each potato in the foil squares and puncture with the fork or knife. Grill for about an hour or until potatoes are soft, turning the potatoes every few minutes.
4) Easy Banana Pepper Turkey Burgers
Ingredients: 1 pound ground turkey, 1/4 cup of seeded and chopped banana peppers, 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles, salt and pepper to taste
Materials: Grill, bowl
Directions: Bring the grill to high heat. In the bowl, mix ground turkey, banana peppers, feta cheese, and salt and pepper per your discretion. Form the mix into patties and cook for about 8-10 minutes each side or until thoroughly done.
5) Savory Bacon Franks
Ingredients: 8 slices of bacon, 8 hot dogs, 8 hot dog buns, 8 slices Swiss cheese, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, 1 diced red onion.
Materials: Grill, fire, paper towels, skillet
Directions: Heat grill to medium-high heat and set grate four inches from heat. Place bacon in skillet and thoroughly cook over medium heat. Dab bacon with paper towels to get rid of excess grease. Place hot dogs on grill and cook thoroughly, about 5-8 minutes. Turn once while cooking. Lightly grill buns. Place a slice of cheese and a piece of bacon on each bun. Place a hot dog on top. Add barbecue sauce and onion.
6) Saucy Steak Fajitas
Marinade: 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar, 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup water, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 pounds flank steak cut into strips, chili powder to taste
Dinner: 1 sliced red bell pepper, 1 sliced green bell pepper, 1 sliced yellow bell pepper, 1 sliced red onion, small soft-shell tortillas, any additional toppings
Materials: Resealable plastic bag, cooler or refrigerator, grill, skillet
Directions: Prepare before leaving for camping trip or in the morning for dinner. Give about 6 hours to marinate. In plastic bag, mix oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, water, lemon and lime juices, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and steak. Marinate in cooler or refrigerator. For dinner, cook marinated steak, marinade, bell peppers, and red onion in skillet about 10 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Serve with tortillas and added toppings.