When we go camping we have a tendency to either eat dried food or stick to the staples of hot dogs and hamburgers. Well we have found some gourmet camping recipes, which are will not only taste good but also be easy to prepare and cook with some simple tips and tricks.
We loved this article from Chris Mautner at Pennlive.com, it really got our taste buds going! Who would have thought, that camping and gourmet dining alfresco would go together. There are some tips below that will make your camping culinary experience a pleasurable and most of all an easy one :
Gourmet Camping Recipes: Prepare and Prepare Some More
Since our own culinary expertise begins and ends with the microwave, we talked with Faverman and Mac — as well as environmental education specialists Wendy Looker of Codorus State Park and Pat Adams of Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County — to get some outdoorsy ideas and general cooking tips.
Prep before you go. Chop, dice and otherwise prepare much of the food ahead of time as possible. Try to get as much cooking preparation out of the way beforehand so you can enjoy yourself while camping.
Dutch ovens — thick-walled, cast-iron pots with tight-fitting lids — are essential camping tools, as you can cook almost any type of dish in one. When buying, opt for one with tripod legs and lipped-edge lid, so you can put coals on top and underneath it.
Use your leftovers so nothing gets thrown away. If you cook potatoes as a supper side dish, use the leftovers to make hash browns for breakfast in the morning.
A tool box — the kind you find in your general hardware store — can be handy for cooking. Fill the top rack with spices and the bottom area with such tools as spatulas, tongs, serving spoons, a can opener and three sharp knives. Wrap the knives in paper towels to keep them from getting dull.
Ziploc bags and tin foil are essential because they can be used for marinating, cooking or storing food.
If cooking with propane, make sure the hose is properly connected and tightened.
Cook in tin foil whenever possible to make cleaning up a cinch. If you’re using a Dutch oven, get a tin foil liners that can be disposed of afterward to ensure as little clean-up work as possible. “We pride ourselves on not having to clean up cause we’re too busy eating,” Mac said.
Keep your hands safe and clean. Use thick, heavy gloves (think welder’s gloves) when handling hot items like a Dutch oven. When handling raw meat, use disposable food preparation gloves (easily found online) to avoid cross-contamination.
To prevent the spread of bacteria, use anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer.
To prevent bears and other wild animals from foraging into your camp site, keep your food locked up inside a bear-resistant storage container (yes, such things exist) or store it in your car. Whatever you do, don’t keep any food in your trailer or tent. And change your food-stained clothes before you go to bed, or you might find an unwanted visitor in your tent in the middle of the night.
Are bees troubling your campground? Faverman and Mac suggest taking a strip of bacon and putting it over a can filled 1/4 of the way up with water. The bees will climb onto the bacon, get full and fall into the water and drown.
Don’t dump grease on a fire. It will leave a permanent smell and attract wildlife.
Avoid using plastic utensils such as spatulas, that will melt over an open flame. Stick with metal. If you need one, camp cooking kits are available at any camping store. Adams suggests going for stainless steel instead of aluminum.
Some great tips from Faverman and Mac, however read below for the really important stuff, the recipes!
Serves 4 to 6
1/2 pound cooked salmon
4 to 6 slices Canadian bacon
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup 2 percent milk
1 packet hollandaise sauce mixture
2 large eggs
6 English muffins, halved
Salt and black pepper
Take your salmon, put it in some foil, and reheat it on the grill or griddle. While you’re at it, heat up the Canadian bacon, too.
To make your hollandaise sauce, combine butter, milk, and hol- landaise mixture in a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Let this simmer until thick and ready.
Crack your eggs on a hot griddle and let them cook until sunny-side up. You may want to pour a little water on the griddle and cover it so the steam helps cook the eggs to over easy without having to flip them.
Toast your English muffins on the grill. Put your eggs, salmon and Canadian bacon on one side of each muffin, then drizzle the hollandaise sauce across the top and top with the other half of the muffin. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
BLUE CHEESE MEATBALLS
Serves 4 to 6
1 pound ground beef
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons garlic seasoning
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried sweet basil
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 3.5-ounce container blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped garlic
Salt and black pepper
Place the beef, eggs, bread crumbs, garlic blend, oregano, basil and Italian seasoning in a large bowl and mix well with your hands or a wooden spoon. Grab a handful of meat, roll it in a ball and slam it into your hands until the meat becomes compacted and flat and makes a patty, almost like a burger. Use your fingers to make a cup in the middle for the blue cheese crumbles. Sprinkle a few chunks of blue cheese in this space, fold the meat over and press the edges together. Gently squeeze the meat together and roll it into a ball in your hands so it becomes compacted and ready to sear.
Heat the olive oil and garlic in a medium or large pan over medium heat. Place your meatballs into the pan and cook, turning every so often, until the outsides are seared, about 7 minutes. Salt and pepper to your liking.
Put the seared meatballs into your Dutch oven insert, put the insert into the Dutch oven, cover it, and put 12 coals around the top edge and 6 coals around the outside of the bottom (not underneath). Cook for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the blue cheese has melted in the meat.
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“The smell of pine trees, the campfire glowing, the marshmallows cooking, and the breath of crisp cool air are some great things I like about camping but my favorite one of all is camping underneath the stars with lights so brilliant it brightens up the deep blue sky making you feel a sense of peace and tranquility amid the great outdoors.”Author: Unknown