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What is your favorite camping recipe?

I like to keep things simple but I have been inspired by what some of the chefs have been doing over an open fire on these cooking shows.

Recently I made carne asada, with the right wine, it is fabulous and super simple.

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  1. I marinate a leg of lamb and slap it straight on that firepit griller. What to go with it? Couscous (with the nuts and dried fruits etc already in it). Precut veggies sauteed in oil over the same fire as the lamb while it is resting before cutting. Lots of good flat bread with thick, homemade tzatziki. Zesty Zin, Pinot or Shiraz and you are good to go.

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    1. re: Sal Vanilla

      Yum! YUM! This sounds wonderful, thank you.

      1. My husband and I did carne asada on the last camping trip of this summer too - and it was excellent.

        1. One more thing. OK a few. My father-in-law who is Camper Man, does a whole chicken on a can of coke. Flat coke I think. He goes on and on about it. I think you jam the can in the cavity. Sorry. I am sure someone out there knows the details. I also try to do everything on the campfire and cook a lot in heavy duty foil instead of a pan. Esp. important if you are tenting. Also, if you are using branches to skewer food, use green branches and nothing that is poisonous. I cut everything I can ahead of time and ziplock it. Don't forget trash bags, a table cloth and table cloth holders.

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          1. re: Sal Vanilla

            This is a great thing to do. You can get a premade holder that you slip a can into or just use a can and pull the legs out a bit to support it. Any liquid in the can works - juice, soda or the original.....beer. Marinate the chicken or rub it with flavored butter - under the skin as well - and put it over the can that is about 1/2 full of liquid. Add some herbs to the liquid if you want. Put the whole thing on the grill and off you go.

          2. Car camping or backpacking?

            Car camping- easy. I get a nice London Broil, put it in a ziploc bag with a marinade, and freeze it. It will thaw in a day or so in the cooler, and I slap it on the fire- on a rack that I bring from my oven. A couple of baking potatoes cooking on the edge of the fire, some veggies also grilled, and it's a no work dinner.

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            1. re: cheesemonger

              I had the same question. Backpacking and eating well is a bit difficult. If you have an abundant water source, you could do some interesting pastas.

              1. re: famedalupo

                Well, I actually have gone camping with an old friend for many years. About 10 years ago we backpacked (baby-backpacking - only 1.5 miles to the camp, but it was a climb for a lot of it). We'd gotten a late start and it got dark before we made it to our destination. So we camped by a lake and my friend "threw together" a fabulous spaghetti ala carbonara right there. She had parboiled the spaghetti before we left. I'll tell you, THAT is the way to backpack.

                1. re: famedalupo

                  You can most definitely backpack and eat well. We used to go on 10+ day jaunts and would plan our course to include lakes, berry patches, and potential wild mushroom spots (don't forget a botanist). Our carried groceries included hard cheeses, salami, jerk venison, dense bar cookies, pancake mix (serve with huckleberries) oatmeal, pre-measured rice (and a few spice packets), pre-measured skillet bread mixes, and candy bars (some of us needed more calories!). And we routinely carried steak (frozen when packed) for dinner the first night out.

              2. Fire + can o' baked beans

                1. When car camping I love to use my ancient cast iron dutch ovens for chili and cornbread. At breakfast time, dig a hole in the firepit and build a fire in the hole. Hang / set the dutch oven over the flames and brown up cubes of chuck roast with onions, garlic and salt. Add tomatoes (or tomato sauce), chili powder, and chipotle peppers, and lid it up. Scoop out most of the embers from the hole, set the dutch oven in, cover with the embers you removed, and leave until dinnertime.

                  PS--don't leave the cooking chili unattended in bear country.

                  1. So we ended up with a friend who was VERY into camp cooking so we had the best camping meal EVER! He grilled a de-boned marinated leg of lamb on the grill alongside a duth over filled with MIddle Eastern flavored lentils. He also roasted some baby carrots in foil with thyme. It was fabulous! The dutch oven was the best, in the morning we made cinnamon oatmeal in it too. Thanks everyone.

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                    1. re: lesupersteph

                      I have made spaghetti carbarnara in the boundary waters canoe area. In the dark. It seems like we were always going, going, going and sometimes dinner had to be cooked with flashlights. Anyway, I remember doing that dish with bacon I had brought cooked. It was cool enough that the eggs and cheese were fine. It was the best sp. c. I have ever had! Being really hungry helped. And, lately I have had s'mores on the brain. I bought the supplies including really good chocolate earlier this season. And we are bound and determined to have them before the snow flies here. Tonight.

                    2. My all time favorite is Cashew Rice Curry with Apricots.

                      1/4 cup powdered milk
                      1/2 tsp salt
                      1 tsp of your favorite curry powder
                      3 1/2 cups water
                      2 cup instant rice
                      1/4 cup cashew halves or pieces
                      2 Tbs dried apricots, chopped
                      2 oz grated cheddar cheese

                      How to Prepare:
                      Mix dry milk and enough water to form a paste. Add remaining water, mix well and bring to a boil. Stir in rice. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add apricots. Continue to simmer until water is absorbed and rice is soft (about 10 more minutes). Stir in nuts and cheese. Serve when the cheese is melted.

                      1. This probably isn't quite what you have in mind, but it is camping food to me. When I was a kid we would get soft French rolls and make sandwiches - tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, cheese, roast beef maybe and Paul Newman's Family Recipe Italian Salad Dressing (something I only care for on these sandwiches). Often we would make them in the morning and keep them in the ice chest until lunch. It isn't cooking over a wood fire, but to this day my sister and I make these and refer to them as "camping sandwiches" and LOVE them.

                        Now when I am camping and I want something simple I go with those foil packets of Indian food you can heat in the bag. Serve with couscous. Quick and few dishes.

                        1. I've had GREAT FUN with my "Outback Oven", a designed-for-camping oven. There are two versions, a deluxe one with a non-stick pan included, or an ultra light one that works with your own pot. Works with those small portable gas stoves. I metallic fabric tent goes over the pot of pan to trap in hot air. Deluxe version has a pan top with a themometer built into the knob so you can watch temp. I make muffins, cakes and pizza when I camp. It's so great to have baked food when camping! Such a great device. Find wild berries and add to one of those muffin mixes in the little pouch...yea!