Roasted marshmallows are a popular dessert while camping.
There are many factors to consider when packing and planning for a camping trip. You will need to know what the weather will be and what activities you plan to do while camping. Additionally, you should consider what you are going to eat and cook during your trip.
There are basic dishes you can execute easily in one pan or barbecue dishes complete with smoked wood chips and spice rubs. Even desserts should be considered when you are planning to cook during a camping trip.
Pan-Sauteed Trout with Almonds
If you plan to go trout fishing on your camping trip, you may want to try pan-frying your fresh-caught trout. With few ingredients and a cast-iron skillet, a true gourmet meal can be prepared right from your campfire or grill.
Pan-Sauteed Trout with Butter Almond Sauce
2 trout fillets
Pinch of salt and pepper
½ cup flour
1 tbsp. butter
1 cup slivered almonds
Sprinkle your fish fillets with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of flour. Saute your fish fillets in melted butter and almonds for about three minutes on each side in a iron skillet pan directly over a campfire or grill. Squeeze a wedge of lemon on the fish at the very end of cooking. Serve immediately.
Barbecued Chicken with Spice Rub
Many campers bring their own grills or go to campsites with grills available at each site. A classic meal to eat while camping is simple grilled chicken, but with the addition of a savory rub, this chicken is a real standout whether it is cooked at a campsite or at a family barbecue. The great thing about this recipe is the spice rub can be made ahead of time at home and stored in a resealable plastic bag for camping.
Barbecued Chicken with Spice Rub
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
Gallon size resealable plastic bag
2 lbs. of chicken, your choice of cuts
1 bottle barbecue sauce
Mix all the spices, salt and pepper in a small bowl ahead of time. Store in the resealable bag. At the campsite, place the chicken parts in the bag and rub the spices into the chicken. Grill your chicken till the meat reaches a temperature of 165 F. This may take up to 30 minutes depending on the heat of your grill. During the last five minutes of grilling, baste the chicken with the barbecue sauce of your choice.
S'mores with Chocolate and Marshmallows
There's nothing more classic than roasting marshmallows over an open fire for s'mores. S'mores are a combination of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. There are other variations, but this combination is timeless.
1 box of graham crackers
1 package of chocolate bars
1 bag of marshmallows
Skewer the marshmallows onto long twigs. Roast the marshmallows over an open campfire till toasted brown. Place the toasted marshmallow between two squares of graham crackers with a piece of chocolate in between.
A journalism graduate from Temple University, Saylor Connors has been a contributing food and travel editor to a digital media company for the past five years. Today, with her husband, a commercial pilot, Connors travels the world and teaches international cooking classes in her spare time.
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