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3 Recipes you HAVE to Try on Your Next Camping Trip

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It’s a complete myth that going off-grid for an outdoor camping adventure means you need to sacrifice delicious homecooked food.

Whether you are going on a romantic getaway or just want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors with your family, you can have some of the best food cooked right over a campfire.

Yes, burgers, hot dogs, or pie iron grilled cheeses are an essential part of any campfire dinner, but after a few nights, we certainly know how it feels to long for some classic homecooked food that doesn’t rely on a barbecue grill!

Here are some of my absolute favorite recipes that are quick and easy to cook on a campfire and provide a welcome relief to traditional camping cuisine.

These meals are so delicious and packed full of flavor, nearby campers will be convinced you found a local takeaway!

But no matter how complicated these recipes look, we can promise you they’re easy to make, contain ingredients that are simple to store, and are absolutely delicious.

3 Must-Try Recipes on Your Next Camping Adventure

Banana Bread Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas (the riper, the better!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional, lightly toasted
  • Ghee, butter, or coconut oil to grease the pan.

Method

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt (you may want to do this at home and bring to the campout in a sealable bag).
  2. Place 2 bananas in a medium-sized bowl and mash with a fork until smooth.
  3. Crack 1 egg into the banana mixture and add the milk.
  4. Beat together the banana, egg, and milk until smooth.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the banana mash and mix until thoroughly combined – be careful not to overmix: some small lumps are okay! Add more milk if the mixture seems too thick.
  6. Heat a cast-iron pan on medium with a generous dab of fat, swirling to coat the pan.
  7. Pour 1/3 of the pancake batter into the center of the pan and scatter over some chopped walnuts.
  8. Fry for 2-3 minutes until the top begins bubbling and the sides set.
  9. Flip the pancake using a spatula and cook on the other side until golden.
  10. Repeat for the remaining batter, adding more fat to the pan as required.
  11. Serve the pancakes warm and topped with maple syrup or butter, sliced banana, and the last of the toasted walnuts.

Campfire Pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast 
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 5 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • Whatever toppings you like on your pizza!

Method

  1. Take a mixing bowl and add the flour, yeast, and salt, briefly stirring with a fork to combine.
  2. Add the warm water and 2 tbsp oil, mixing with a fork until a dough begins to form.
  3. Knead the dough with your hands (either in the bowl or on a floured surface), then cover and leave for 20 minutes to rise. 
  4. Once the dough has doubled, turn it onto a cutting board and divide it into 2 equally sized pieces.
  5. Warm a cast-iron skillet over the campfire and add 1 tbsp of oil.
  6. Place half the dough into the skillet and use your fingers to press and push it towards the edges.
  7. Drizzle ½ tbsp oil along the edge of the skillet to stop the crust from sticking.
  8. Place the skillet on a grate over the campfire at medium-high temperatures and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the bottom is firm and starting to turn golden brown.
  9. Take the skillet off the heat and use tongs to lift out the crust, flipping it over and replacing it upside-down in the skillet.
  10. Add your chosen toppings and cover the pan before returning to the heat.
  11. Cook pizza for an additional 3-5 minutes until the crust is golden brown and any cheese has melted.
  12. Repeat for the rest of the dough. 

Campfire Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 ½ cups pasta sauce
  • 12oz lasagna noodles 
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 ½ cup cheese, shredded (mozzarella or other Italian cheeses are best)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano or basil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400’F or prepare your campfire coals (you’ll need 25 coals in total).
  2. Coat the base of your Dutch oven with olive oil, then add ½ cup pasta sauce and spread evenly.
  3. Add the first set of lasagna noodles to the Dutch oven, then layer over ½ cup pasta sauce, 1 cup spinach, and 1/3 cup cheese.
  4. Repeat to form lasagna layers until no ingredients remain, ending on a cheese layer. Sprinkle oregano on the top.
  5. Use 8 coals to create a bed for your Dutch oven and put the lid on.
  6. Cover the Dutch oven’s lid with the remaining 17 coals and bake for 30 minutes, until noodles are tender and cheese has melted.
  7. Take the Dutch oven off the heat.
  8. Leave to rest for a few minutes.
  9. Cut into wedges and serve. 

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