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Good foods for a romantic fireside dinner? (easy to cook)

I want to take my girlfriend on a date this weekend and go out in the canyon and make a fire, and then have a romantic dinner. I will probably take a table and chairs and candles and everything, but I need some food that is somewhat easy to make out there. Something we can cook either on the fire or on a small stove. I want to go a little further than roasting hot dogs, thanks.

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  1. You can't go wrong with Boozy Campfire Cheese and some nice chunks of bread to scoop it up. www.chow.com/recipes/10935-boozy-camp... This is my favorite camping recipe!

    1. For a non traditional camping meal salad nicoise is very easy. Buy a jar of very good imported tuna in oil, some olives, and salad greens. Bring a few hard boiled eggs. At the camp site blanch the green beans and boil the little new potatos, mix up your vinegrette.
      Then just make pretty stripes of the various ingredients on your plates.
      Don't forget a nice white or rose to go with :)

      1. Kebabs! Chunks of beef tenderloin wrapped with bacon then skewered. A side of veggie kebab with chunks of portebellos, bellpeppers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and red onion. Can be prepped, and skewered ahead of time. A nice pinot, or syrah to sip. Smores, and port would be the perfect ending.

        1. Chunks of sharp cheddar browned in the fire and spread over some good country bread is delicious. I wonder if a drizzle of apple butter might be good on that?

          Of course, I'd go for s'mores, too, just because they're fun and easy.

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          1. re: kitchengardengal

            my answer too -- fondue and s'mores

            not apple butter, but use slices of fresh, crisp apple. mo bettah!

          2. I don't know about romantic, but nothing is easier than the tinfoil dinner. You put veggies, meat, and whatever seasonings in a packet made of foil and cook it in the coals. It can all be put together beforehand and just tossed in the coals. I've only ever done it down home, but I'm sure you could take any number of fancy recipes and cook it that way!

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            1. re: SarahCW

              Finish with a bit of shredded cheese and salsa before serving. . . It's not candle light romantic, but outdoorsy rustic romantic.

            2. Steak and baked potatoes are easy over a campfire.

              1. Jamie Oliver and his campfire mushrooms and of course all the prep you can do at home.
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYDfqo...

                I agree with the cheese and then maybe some ham or salami and bread. You could do a raclette over potatoes, but only if your gf likes ......

                1. A firm piece of fish such as, mahi, halibut or swordfish grill up nicely. Sliced veggies like eggplant, zucchini and grilled cherry tomatoes. You can also prep ahead and bring some par cooked things, wrap a loaf of sliced garlic bread in foil and some romantic smores for dessert. Don't forget the champagne it will make the evening regardless of the food. Tables, candles and maybe a ring..... just thinking!

                  1. what ever you cook, don't forget some bug repellant!!!

                    1. Unless you want to show off being the true outdoorsman, flannel shirt and all, I would not go with anything too heavy.
                      a cheese fondue with some crusty bread squares, a couple types of hard salami in case you need a bit of protein for lasting energy. Olives, may be some cut up veggies.
                      Italian sausage or kielbasa, wrapped in foil and placed next to the fire is easy. Cut them up into 1 inch pieces and use toothpicks or skewers to eat....have a good mustard available for dipping.
                      A chocolate fondue, heated by the fire, along with strawberries, grapes and other fruits would be easy and very nice.
                      Bring a blanket.