Campsite Cooking

Curling up next to a fire in the middle of the woods can be an enjoyable and relaxing experience for the entire family.

But sequestering yourself to a campsite for a night does not mean your taste buds have to suffer.

Next time you pack your sleeping bags and tent for some mountainside R&R, leave the hot dogs and cereal bars at home in favor of some campfire gourmet.

No matter where your travels may lead you, or what your favorite recipe may be, with the right tools and a bit of practice you can create almost any meal, destination style.


Maybe you have some picky eaters in your clan of campers, and you want to make sure you’ll cook something that will be sure to fill their bellies for the long, cold night.

As long as you have a Dutch oven, there is very little you can’t cook campsite style. In a single Dutch oven, you can cook by deep frying, roasting, baking, boiling, stewing,

simmering and steaming…and you can even make a pizza.


Vegetable oil

Tube of pre-made pizza crust

Small can of tomato sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Grated cheddar cheese

Garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste



1. Pour vegetable oil in the cold Dutch oven, spreading

    it around the bottom and sides.

2. One tube of dough is enough for two campfire pizzas

    so split it in half. Since the tubes are meant to be for

    rectangular pizza, patch and spread the dough around

    to cover the bottom of the pan.

3. Spread the tomato sauce over the pizza dough and

    sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.

4. Add your toppings.

5. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until the dough

    is done.

6. Remove the lid and sprinkle the cheese over the top.

7. Replace lid back and let the cheese melt. Tip: place hot

    coals on the outside of the lid to melt the cheese faster.

Lemon Herb Salmon

For this recipe, you will layer herbs, lemon and Dijon mustard on salmon in tin foil and place it directly in the hot coal, but endless combinations of proteins, spices and fruits can be used to create a flavorful campsite dinner.


4 salmon filets

8 slices of lemon

4 tablespoons Dijon mustard

4 sprigs of dill

4 tablespoons butter

2 garlic gloves, chopped

1 shallot, sliced

Olive oil

Salt and pepper


1. Season salmon filets liberally with salt and pepper.

    Spread 1 tablespoon of mustard on the tops of

    each filet.

2.  Layer 2 lemon slices, a sprig of dill, a few slices of

    shallot, 1 tablespoon of butter and some garlic on

    each salmon filet. Splash the tops of the filets with

    a big gulp of olive oil.

3. Wrap salmon filets individually in aluminum foil.

4. Put aluminum foil wrapped salmon directly in fire pit.

5. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until preferred doneness

    is reached.

Omelet Bar… in a Bag

Bring the Sunday brunch experience camping with you with a simple way to make personalized breakfast orders for the whole family. Before hitting the road, dice up any number of ingredients like ham, cheese, peppers, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms and bring them in individual bags or bowls. After a long day of fishing and a cold night of camping, a fun and easy hot breakfast will surely be just what the doctor ordered.


2 eggs per order

Your favorite omelet ingredients


1. Get a large pot of water boiling over the campfire.

2. Crack two eggs into a heavy duty quart-

    sized zip lock bag. Close the bag and

    shake it to scramble eggs.

3. Add your favorite omelet ingredients to

    the egg and close, squeezing out as

    much air as possible.

4. Submerge up to eight bags in the boiling

    water for exactly 14 minutes. Tip:

    write names on bags for multiple

    omelets in one pot.

5. The omelet should roll out of the bag

    nice and easy for a hot and ready feast

    for one.


When it comes time for everyone’s favorite meal of the day, dessert, you don’t have to miss out on the camping tradition of s’mores to do something more creative — and less messy… You can have them both with s’more cones. By stuffing ingredients in a waffle ice cream cone, the possibilities are endless. Switch the chocolate for caramel, add diced fruit to your marshmallows, the sky’s the limit – just don’t try to use another kind of cone…it won’t work.



Chocolate chips

Waffle ice-cream cone

Optional additives i.e. chopped fruit, nuts, caramel pieces, candy


1. Wrap the waffle cone in tin foil leaving plenty of extra

    at the top of the cone.

2. (Over) stuff your cone with your favorite ingredients.

3. Close the foil over the top of the cone and toss it in the

    fire to cook for 5-7 minutes.

4. Enjoy a warm and gooey, wrapped up s’more

    cone like ice cream, or with a spoon.

By |Nov. 6, 2014|

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