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Help! Camping menu for 10!

RVAwino Jun 25, 2008 07:28 AM

I need help planning a menu for 10 people when we go camping next month. We’ll be in cabins so it’s not exactly roughing it. Everyone is planning to make diner one night while were there. So far ribs, skirt steak, sausage meatballs and chili are out. I definitely want to grill or cook a portion of the meal over an open fire. But I also want to wow the crowd. Any outdoor chowhounds got some good campfire recipes??

  1. 4maxwelz Jun 26, 2008 06:10 PM

    A couple of weekends ago, we did sweet corn over the fire. In the husk with silk and all... It was incredible. The corn was moist from being in the cooler for over 24 hours, so it was almost steamed, I suppose. It was incredible....and easy! (Don't forget the butter!)

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      Nancy Berry Jun 25, 2008 05:35 PM

      One way to wow the crowd is to bake some bread in a 3-footed dutch oven (over and under charcoal.) Whenever I've done this, our campsite has attracted a large audience. You can also bake pies or cobblers with some of the wonderful stone fruit and/or berries that are available during the summer. Go to these links for more info:

      http://papadutch.home.comcast.net/~papadutch/
      http://www.idos.com
      http://marksblackpot.blogspot.com
      http://www.three-peaks.net/cooking.htm

      I can post a few recipes, too, if you're interested.

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      1. re: Nancy Berry
        RVAwino Jun 26, 2008 04:28 AM

        I would love to see your recipes if you have time. Thanks for the great links!

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        Mellicita Jun 25, 2008 05:28 PM

        If you are doing a campfire, a foil packet filled with your choice of protein, veggies and/or potatoes, and some spices/white or red wine/butter or olive oil/etc, is a nice easy to put together meal.

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          CeeBee Jun 25, 2008 04:31 PM

          Everytime we go camping I pick up a few links of kielbasa and we make them on the grill. That with some campfire potatoes or rice and dinner is done! It's not the usual burgers or dogs that everyone is used to and the kielbasa is really great on the grill. I always make extra, chop it up and them use it the next morning for to make homefries/hash.

          1. rayrayray Jun 25, 2008 09:45 AM

            still lots of options for ya........

            -half chickens in a tandoori marinade. naan toasts up well on the bbq. a nice fresh salad and some bbq corn and you are set.
            -korean ribs would be a nice treat as well
            or you could do a middle eastern kebab with thick pita, tzaziki, bbq veggies an roasted potatoes on the bbq

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              gordeaux Jun 25, 2008 09:36 AM

              sounds like the "usual suspect" meats are covered except for fowl / fish.
              depending on what your grill set up will be, I'd:

              roast whole chickens / possibly beer can chickens. Carve them up, and serve with
              grilled veggies. If you are proficient in mole, I would advise to make some, and bring it frozen, or supplement one of the store brands, and bring it frozen as well, OR, buy some from a resto that you know is good.

              Roast some cornish hens off, and serve with grilled shrooms, zucchini and potatoes. Everybody gets their own little birdie!

              grill chicken breast, and thighs for chicken tacos, and set up a taco bar type deal (or fille the table) with all the standard fixin's / sides. I might also grill up a nice piece of fish for fish tacos along with this.

              grill up a nice piece of fish with a grilled veggie salad. Mango salsa for a topping?

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              1. re: gordeaux
                LaLa Jun 26, 2008 10:24 AM

                i second the beer can chicken tasty and looks cool!
                I am not sure where you are camping but when we camp we like trout or fried catfish, hushpuppies, and onion rings fried over the coleman stove of course we also do frog legs if someone has them.

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                YoDuh Jun 25, 2008 09:15 AM

                I lived in the NW for a while and learned that if
                you need to put some WOW around the campfire ...

                ... then plank a salmon.
                http://www.cedargrilling.com/art.htm (for a starter link

                )

                I cooked mine vertically (old school) but there
                are plenty of horizontal (new school) methods.
                Make some nice basting sauces (BBQ, lemon butter, etc)

                To put even more WOW into it just show up with a whole
                salmon and filet knife and break that baby down into 2 filets.
                Let 'em watch as you do it. (I spent a fair amount time in the AK)
                Though don't try that unless you've fileted a fish before.

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                1. re: YoDuh
                  RVAwino Jun 25, 2008 09:36 AM

                  OMG! That site is awesome! The food look so delish...and easy. Thanks for the advice!

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                  Analisas mom Jun 25, 2008 07:48 AM

                  What if you do shrimp skewers wrapped in bacon serve them with rice and a black bean salad.

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