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Campfire Menu Suggestions!

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I'm going camping with some friends for a couple days this weekend and would love some tried and true menu recommendations. I'm pretty new to camping, so other than hot dogs and canned beans/canned chili etc, what is great to cook over a campfire? We'll be bringing pots and pans.

We'll be leaving Friday during the day and returning Sun. I had good luck once with fish in tin foil with lemon and onions and then garlicky vegetables and potatoes in another tin foil parcel.
I'm guessing eggs and bacon/sausage for breakfast, I've had someone make pancakes which was kind of a nice treat. I'm also not particularly outdoorsy, so I'd be happy to spend time alone prepping a bit while people go wander into wasp's nests or whatever it is they do outdoors! ;)

I'd love to surprise everyone with some cool ideas, ideally. Thanks!!!

  1. For one of my most memorable meals, we packed in to 9,500 feet (mules did the heavy work) with charcoal and one of those grills with pointy legs you stick in the ground. Then we had steaks and champagne.

    You could also pretend you're trout fishing. Fry up some bacon and pour off some of the grease, dust supermarket trout in cornmeal and fry.

    1. a couple of ideas...shrimp, potato, corn boil with crusty bread
      steak with spinach salad with warm bacon dressing.
      muffelletta sandwhich made in advanced and left to press through the day.
      I have made all of these on trips when I was forced to camp against my will. Have fun and don't forget the booze. I recommend a big pitcher of Sangria.

        1. pudgy pies! these were our favorites as kids. i think we would spray the pieces w/ pam. put bread on either side, then fill with anything. we used to do taco style ones w/ tortillas instead of bread, meat, cheese, salsa, etc. for dessert, do bread with pie filling.


          not the fanciest, but fun. :)

          1. Smores and more smores!

            Also, one of my best experiences with campfire cooking (it was on the OR coast) was steamed dungenese crab, in foil, with spices, over a smoky fire.

            1. Good idea.. I saw some recipes on Pieironusa.com and others too. Using these little pie irons to make sandwiches and stuff.. cool.

              1. Banana Slugs! Take a banana in the peel, make slice through peel and fruit lengthwise, stuff with hershey's chocolate and some marshmallows, and wrap in foil. Let it get hot and gooey over the fire, and eat with a spoon. I thought everyone knew about these, but I made them for my parents at our last camp, and they were ready to drive 2 hours to the nearest store get more bananas!

                Other big hits around our camp: grilled cornish game hens (halved), or foil wrapped whole hens baked in coals; quick version of Paul Prudhomme's cajun BBQ shrimp; shrimp with chipotle peppers, onions, and zuchini scooped up with warmed tortillas, grilled brats and polenta, with grilled veggies; dutch oven baked goods (sourdough biscuits, cinnamon rolls, fruit cobblers, cakes, etc); cream cheese and jam-stuffed french toast was a surprise hit at the last big family campout; any type of kabobs/meat-on-a-stick....

                Before you leave home, run through your menu and make sure you've got all the necessary seasonings and additional ingredients that you need. I hate to get way out and realize I didn't bring something! Keep your ice chests in the shade to preserve your ice, and have fun! Take a copy of Robert Service's poem "Cremation of Sam Mcgee" to read out while your dazzled friends are digesting your great campfire meal ;-)

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