By allowing you to connect with nature and the people you’re traveling with, camping provides an escape from the chaos of modern life. Yet this also puts you far away from the nearest kitchen, causing the culinary skills of many people to suffer.
Although there’s nothing wrong with s’mores and hot dogs cooked over the fire, sometimes you want something with more substance to fill you up. That’s why it can be a good idea to plan out some camping recipes beforehand.
Keep reading to learn about ten of the best camping recipes that are so good, they’ll make your stomach think you’re in a five-star restaurant.
1. A Cast Iron Pizza
Pizza is great, but a pizza that you can make while in the wilderness is even better. To make it, you’ll need a cast-iron wok or a cowboy grilling system, as well as the usual pizza ingredients. Prepare them beforehand in baggies or containers to make your life easier.
Set the skillet over two beds of coals. Roll out the dough onto the griddle, leaving around an inch of room. Spread on the sauce, then add the sauce and any other toppings you brought along. Cook until the cheese has melted and the crust has browned.
2. Breakfast Quesadillas
To make delicious breakfast quesadillas on the go, gather the usual quesadilla ingredients. For most people, this means tortillas, eggs, sausage, salsa, and cheese. You’ll also need a skillet.
Cook the sausage in the skillet, browning it until it’s okay to eat. Remove it, then add the sausage into a mixture of the eggs and salsa. Put the tortilla on the skillet, heating it for a minute, then pour the mixture on top. Cook until golden and crispy.
3. Fruit Pizzas
If you’re looking for a cold dish that’s quick, healthy, and easy to make, consider making fruit pizzas. You’ll need watermelon slices, dried fruit, yogurt, honey, berries, and granola.
Cut the watermelon slices into triangles, then cover them with yogurt. Choose which ingredients you want, then top them off with a drizzle of honey.
Great breakfasts can be hard to come by when you’re camping, but to-go-pancakes provide an easy way to make a timeless breakfast favorite. You’ll need pancake mix, water, any ingredients you want to mix in, and mason jars.
Before you start your trip, fill your mason jars halfway with pancake mix, adding in extra toppings, like chocolate chips. Then add as much water as you like and shake everything up. When you’re ready, pour the battle onto a greased pan over heat.
5. CBR Foil Packets
If you’ve never used foil to cook while camping, it’ll rock your world. It allows you to make delicious meals on the go, without having to worry about lugging around plates and different utensils.
To make chicken bacon ranch packets, gather potatoes, broccoli, chicken, bacon, and ranch dressing. Put the potatoes and broccoli on a sheet of aluminum foil, then top it with a chicken breast. Pour on ranch dressing, then wrap it in another piece of foil. Then, let it cook for around 20 minutes.
6. Campfire Eclairs
Tired of s’mores? You’ll love campfire eclairs. To make these simple delicacies, you’ll need a can of croissants, a cup of pudding, whipped cream, and a couple of dowels.
Wrap the ends of the dowels in foil, then spray them with cooking spray. Open up the can of croissants, and wrap them around the end of the dowel. Position them over a fire, turning them from time to time, until they’re golden. Then, add the pudding and whipped cream on top.
7. Campfire Pies
Another delicious dessert, you’ll need bread (white or whole wheat), butter, cinnamon, fresh berries, and powdered sugar to make campfire pies. You’ll also need a cast-iron pie pan.
Butter the bread, then coat it with cinnamon sugar. Plop the berry filling on, then follow it up by placing the other slice on top. Cook it for 3-7 minutes, checking it from time to time. Then, finish it off with some powdered sugar.
8. Campfire Biscuits
To make buttery and delicious campfire biscuits, you’ll need a dutch oven, if you don’t have one. You’ll also need to bring along butter, sugar, an egg, and buttermilk. If you like your biscuits with jam or gravy, feel free to pack that along as well.
Combine the ingredients, then knead the dough until it’s soft. Cut out the biscuits, then put them on wax paper. Put the biscuits in your dutch oven, then cook them until they’re golden brown.
9. Campfire Fondue
Campfire fondue is as tasty as regular fondue, with the added perk of not having to clean up any drips or spills. However, as things can get messy, you might want to have some wipes for your hands ready to go.
Put a pot over the fire, then add some heavy cream. Let it get warm, then drop some chocolate in, cooking it until it melts. Make sure to stir it, then have things to dip at the ready. Strawberries and pretzels are tasty and easy to pack along.
10. Sausage and Potato Packets
For this easy but filling recipe, you’ll need potatoes, sausages, and olive oil. You’ll also need any spices you like, such as parsley and paprika.
Cut the sausage and potato into small pieces, then season them. Divide the mix into foil packets, pour some olive oil on top, then seal the packets. Place the packets on the embers of a fire, and let them cook for around 25 minutes.
Camping Recipes That Everyone Will Enjoy
When you’re camping and enjoying the beauty of your surroundings, you don’t want to worry about what meal you can throw together. Do yourself and the people you’re camping with a favor, and try out some of these delicious camping recipes on your next trip.
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