A fire is not just meant to keep us warm once the sun has gone down.
Make the open flame your best friend when it comes time to cook at the campsite. From toasted marshmallows to seared steaks, campfire food can be more mouth-watering than the meals you cook in the home. Here are our 5 best foods to cook on your next camping trip.
Chicken is a highly versatile protein relied on by many in the home. But this simple campfire food can be used in a variety of dishes, from casseroles to tacos and sandwiches.
Chicken tacos: Grill your chicken over the open flame, and get a good char on both sides. Slice the meat into strips and wrap them in a hard or soft taco shell. Add tomatoes, lettuce, onion and cheese for a quick and easy dinner. For more inspiration, check out our mouth-watering Chicken Tacos with Smoked Chilli Mayo recipe here.
Steak was made for grilling – especially over an open flame. Besides, this protein can be coupled with a variety of salads and sides for a complete meal.
Campfire Steak: Marinate the steak with your favourite seasonings. For steak, it’s not so important what you cook it with, but rather how you cook it. Steaks cook quickly over a hot grill so you’ll want to check them often. Let sit before cutting and serving.
#3 Peppers and Tomatoes
Cooking outside doesn’t have to be a relentless diet of meat. Tomatoes wrinkle beautifully over an open flame. Cooked tomatoes are better for you, too, because the heat releases lycopene – a powerful antioxidant. You don’t have to eat them plain either; roasted tomatoes are delicious in a number of campfire meals, especially when smothered over pasta. Similarly, roasted peppers provide a healthy and hearty dinner too.
Stuffed Peppers: Rub the peppers in light olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast each side evenly, while you warm up rice and meat to stuff inside. Let the cooked pepper sit for 2 to 3 minutes to cool, then put your ingredients inside and top the stuffed pepper with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, onions or corn. Delicious!
Roasting the perfect marshmallow isn’t easy. It’s tricky to keep them from bursting into flames. For a perfect golden marshmallow, you need to be patient, roasting it slowly and methodically. The more time it takes, the gooier and more delicious the centre will be. It should take about four minutes to make a perfect toasted mallow.
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#5 Canned Beans
This kitchen-pantry staple is the perfect campfire food. With little preparation, you can use these as a side dish or to bulk up your soup or stew.
Mexican black beans: Take your beans out of the can and place them in a pot directly over the flame. Add corn, diced tomatoes, a chopped jalapeno, salt and pepper. Put your beans in a taco with meat, or serve it as a side.
OK, I tried to keep this to a best 5 list, but I’m never one to look past a tasty campfire dessert. Apples are the perfect campfire food for dessert. Their starchy makeup holds well over open flame, and the heat gives them just enough sweetness. Pair it with something creamy and you have the perfect dessert.
Baked apples: Slice your apple into medium-thick pieces and coat them with a rub of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Let them sit over the open flame and cook until the apples have softened. Serve with a side of vanilla ice cream.
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