Camping Meals That Will Warm up Your Chilly Campsite

by Robert Foster on July 23, 2017

Hot Meals to Warm up your Campsite

Hot Meals to Warm up your Campsite

Some of the best times I’ve had in life were while I was camping, which is probably why I’m still so fond of it today. Everything about going out to nature for a couple of days sounds like an adventure to me, from finding a perfect campsite and hiking to sleeping under the stars and eating seriously delicious meals after a long day. If you’ve tried it, then you know that you always feel especially hungry when you spend a whole day outside and that healthy hunger makes everything that much more scrumptious. There are countless camping recipes that people share and rave about, so here are some of mine that are quite simple, but will still make your palate very, very happy.

Breakfast Burgers to Die For

Breakfast Burgers to Die For

Breakfast Burgers to Die For

If you want to start off your day strong, there’s nothing like a hearty breakfast to get you moving. While it’s perfectly fine to just let some bacon sizzle with some eggs in a skillet, from time to time I like to make things more interesting. I combine homemade biscuits with some sausage patties and eggs to lure everyone out of their tents with the amazing smell that promises deliciousness. Of course, you can opt out for store-bought biscuits, but I really love to make my own mix at home by combining flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, dry milk powder, some black pepper and cheddar. I pack this mix to have it at the ready in the camp and to prepare it for baking on the fire I just add water.

Having a biscuit pan will make this meal super easy to make because all you have to do is pour the biscuit batter in and let it get nice and crispy over the fire. In the meantime, I fry my sausage patties and once the biscuits are done, I do my eggs in the biscuit pan too, so that they fit into the burger perfectly. After that, all you’ve got to do is assemble this goodness – cut your biscuit in half, put your patty in and then the egg on top of it and close the deal with the other half of the biscuit. One thing’s for sure, these breakfast burgers will make your day.

Philly Cheesesteak – Camping Version

Philly Cheesesteak

Philly Cheesesteak

As you’ve probably concluded by now, I focus on making comfort food when I go camping, which is why I’m usually the one who ends up as the chef of the group. Seeing that we all got quite tired of survival meals very quickly, cooking was the only option and everybody seems to enjoy it thoroughly. The camping version of the famous Philly Cheesesteak is quite easy to whip up, all you need is a loaf of bread, sliced onions and peppers, a bit of garlic, some butter, beautifully made roast beef and lots and lots of provolone cheese. Just by looking at the ingredients, you can tell that it’s a feast in the making. I don’t make separate sandwiches, but I cut slices into the bread, not going all the way through, so that I can put all the ingredients between the slices.

Butter every slice abundantly and put the veggies in. You can cook peppers, onions and garlic at home or you can cut it on spot and put it in, they will give it freshness and texture, though you will smell of onions afterwards (totally worth it in my opinion). After that comes the roast beef and there’s no need to be stingy here, it’s a steak after all. Add as much cheese as you can possibly squeeze in and after that wrap it tightly into aluminum foil, though maybe you’ll want to spray the foil with a non-stick spray so that the melted cheese stays on the sandwich. Put your wrapped cheesesteak close to the campfire (don’t bury it into the ashes, it’s too hot), so that the bread can get warm and the cheese can melt, but nothing burns. It will take about half an hour for the magic to happen but when you open that foil, your Philly cheesesteak will be a sight to behold and almost too good to eat.

S’mores Cake

Smores Cake

Smores Cake

Ok, it’s not a cake per say, but it will look like one once you take it off the fire. It’s true that there’s a special something in keeping it traditional with warming the s’mores and getting all dirty and sticky but here’s a version that’s equally delicious with less mess. All you need are chocolate chips, marshmallows of any size you prefer and of course, graham crackers. The procedure here is simple – take your simple cast iron skillet and cover its bottom with chocolate chips abundantly, just make sure it’s an even layer, no matter how thick it is. After that, put your marshmallows on top of the chocolate and don’t get stingy here either. After you’ve satisfied, put your cake over the fire, just make sure that it’s not too strong, so that the chocolate doesn’t burn. It won’t need much for the chocolate to melt and the marshmallows to get all nice and fluffy. Take the skillet of the fire, put your s’mores cake in front of everyone, use graham crackers as a spoon and have at it. It takes less time than everyone making their individual s’mores and the result is equally awesome.

There’s nothing like spending time in nature with friends and family, it creates strong bonds and wonderful memories. Add comfort food to the equation, and you’ve got a full package for enjoying with all your senses.

This post was written by Robert Foster

Robert Foster is a Santa Barbara native, who’s spent more than 5 years trying to help people understand the importance of fitness. He’s also an experienced survivalist who spends more than 200 hours every year mountain biking, hiking and climbing. If you want to have a better insight into his unique knowledge, head over to http://prosurvivalist.com/ and read some of his interesting articles.

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Max August 16, 2017 at 12:28 am

The Philly Cheesesteak – Camping Version is a killer one. Love it.

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