It doesn't get much better than a meal around the campfire with friends and family. Open-fire cooking seems to enhance the flavor of almost everything. A campfire grill, dutch oven and griddle will make things easier, but you can do a lot with tin foil and hot coals. The best camping recipes are easy to make, require minimal ingredients and taste great. Hamburgers and hot dogs are always a hit, but these recipes will give you a reason to try something new.
Omelet in a Bag
This recipe is almost as easy as boiling water. Break three eggs into a pint-sized ziplock freezer bag and add your favorite seasonings. (Note that the makers of the Ziploc® Brand bags, S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., state that their bags aren't designed for boiling food. However, their heavy freezer bags hold up well for this recipe.) Seal the bag and squeeze or shake it until the yolks and whites are thoroughly mixed. Carefully open the bag and add diced deli meat, vegetables and grated cheese. Reseal the bag (after pushing out most of the excess air) and shake it until the contents are well mixed. Then leave it in a pot of boiling water for 12 minutes.
Ziplock Bag Ice Cream
You can make ice cream if you have a gallon-sized and two sandwich-sized ziplock bags. Put one small bag inside of the other and pour in 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of half-and-half, 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract and 1 tbsp. of sugar into the inner bag. Seal the two small bags while you squeeze as much air from them as possible. Put them inside the gallon-sized bag with 2 cups of ice and 1 tbsp. of rock salt. Seal the large bag and shake or toss it for five to 10 minutes to make a delicious soft-serve vanilla ice cream.
You'll need a dutch oven or large pot for this one. Saute a chopped onion with two minced garlic cloves in 2 tbsp. of oil. When the onion looses its crispness, add four peeled and cubed potatoes and cook for 20 minutes while stirring frequently. Now add 1 lb. of cubed sausage and cook for another 10 minutes, until the potatoes are slightly brown. Mix in a 4-oz. can of diced green chilies and a drained 15-oz. can of whole kernel corn. Stir everything until it's hot, then serve it up from the pot.
According to TheCampingGuy.com, this one's a Boy Scout cook-off winner. Put 10 to 14 chicken legs in a dutch oven and pour two bottles of barbecue sauce and a 2-liter bottle of cola over them. Put the lid back on and set the oven on eight hot coals. Scoop up 16 more coals and pour them over the lid so that it's covered. Let the chicken cook for 20 to 30 minutes until it's done. The cola will caramelize your chicken to keep it from burning.
Pie Iron Tacos
Pie irons are available at sporting goods and camping or RV stores and you'll need them for this recipe. Brown 1 lb. of ground beef in a skillet and pour off the fat. Stir in a package of taco seasoning mix. Grease the inside of your pie irons and place corn tortillas on one side. Scoop the ground beef mix onto the tortillas and top it with a little grated cheese and chopped onion. Cover it with another corn tortilla and close the pie irons. Cook your pie irons in hot coals until the tortillas are crisp and brown and the fillings are hot. Add lettuce, tomato, salsa and sour cream to taste.