I am looking for ideas for good campground food.
By Nathan from Sioux Falls, SD
I have several old favorites we have used while camping over the years, it is all according to what type camper and equipment you have. Ours is a motorhome, fully stocked. I love chicken leg quarters I get on sale and freeze. I pop however many we need into our crockpot, seasoned with dried rosemary, thyme, a dash of salt and pepper, and cook all night. Next day, use the juices to make a nice thick gravy, and have over rice,with biscuits (We go to Hardees or somewhere for breakfast and buy our biscuits extra for our meal and take them back with us.) and corn on the cob. Can't beat it anywhere.
Another recipe we love is Bubble & Squeak, a one pot layered, simmered meal of chopped cabbage, sliced potatoes, and a kielbasa or polish sausage cut into wheels. Layer until you use it all up in a large pot or frying pan. Add 1/2 to 1 C water, cover and simmer until potatoes and cabbage is done. Recipe will feed Pharoe's Army, my family says, about 6 or 8: if you have a large cabbage and potatoes, will feed about 12 at a potluck dinner. Only one pot needs cleaning, no sticking or messes.
We always stayed in tents and cooked on the campfire. On our first night we would always have foil dinners. We would make them at home and put them in the ice chest. Tear off a long piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and lay out on counter. Wash and slice a potato into round slices about a 1/4 inch thick. Lay in the middle of the foil. Add chopped celery and sliced carrots. Make a hamburger patty from ground beef or a pre-frozen patty. Lay on top of vegetables. Slice an onion into slices about a 1/4 inch thick and lay on top of hamburger. Add salt and pepper. Bring edges up around mixture and fold down to seal on all sides. You can place these directly on the campfire to cook. Check periodically to see if they are done. You can substitute chicken breasts for the hamburger.
We always liked this for the first night because everything was already prepared and all we had to do was cook it.
We like foil dinners we call Hobo Stew. I make them in foil pans purchased at the Dollar Store, makes it easier to handle especially when there is juice involved in the recipe. Take beef cubes and add to the pan (we do individual pans and make each one to the person's taste). Cut up a potato and add along with cut up carrots, celery and mushrooms if desired. Add beef broth to come up half way through the pan. Cover with foil and place on the campfire grill for about an hour. Make biscuits on a stick and you have a complete, filling meal after a hard, fun day at camp.
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