5 Best Meals to Cook When Camping

1) Shish Kebab

A great recipe for camping, it’s easy and you can have fun putting it together too! Cooking only takes 20 minutes so you can easily whip this up after a long day hiking – just have a few people on hand to chop the food up into bite sized chunks!

You will need:

  • Meat or fish of your choice (sirloin, pork loin, turkey breast, scallops, shrimp etc)
  • A selection of vegetables (cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, peppers, aubergine etc)
  • Various marinades/dry rubs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper

Start by preparing a variety of meats, veggies and marinades. This is a great way of using up leftover veg from previous meals. If you are marinating your meats, try and do it 24 hours before and keep them in a chilled container.

The shrimp and scallops need no preparation other than cleaning and storage.

Cut up the veg into same-sized cubes as the meat (i.e. big enough to put on a skewer).

Heat up the grill, and as it is getting to temperature, put your kebabs together.

Brush each kebab with a bit of oil, place on the grill and cook for 10-20 minutes, occasionally rotating to cook evenly all over.

2) Sausage, Beans and Potatoes

One of the easiest camping recipes out there, it needs virtually no preparation and only takes 15 minutes to cook!

You will need:

  • 1 lb Sausages (any variety you prefer – frankfurters are easy to cook!)
  • 1 bag frozen Lima Beans
  • 1 can Potato Salad

First, cut the sausages into bite size slices.

Place everything in a saucepan, put the lid on, add heat and serve when hot.

3) Beef Pasta

A deliciously simple yet hearty camping meal.

You will need:

  • 1 to 2 lbs minced beef
  • Pasta
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 1 jar pasta sauce
  • ½  cup carrots – chopped
  • ½  cup celery – chopped
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

First, boil water in a pan and cook pasta, carrots, and celery together for about 5 minutes. Drain into a bowl and set aside.

In the skillet, soften the onions and brown the minced beef. When cooked, discard grease.

Add all ingredients (pasta, mince and onion, carrots, celery, and pasta sauce) back into the pan and heat thoroughly. Season to taste and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Camping Meal

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4) Corn Beef VegetableStew

A healthy and wholesome meal, this is one to sit stewing whilst you tell stories round your campfire!

You will need:

  • 4 medium size potatoes
  • Half a head of cabbage – chopped
  • 1 can corned beef
  • 1 can mixed vegetables
  • Seasoning (pepper, salt, garlic etc)

Pour the corned beef into a pot of water and add seasoning.

Cook for 30 mins or until the corn beef has broken down to create a soup texture.

Peel and dice your potatoes and add to the pot.

When the potatoes are done, add the half head of cabbage and canned vegetables.

Taste the broth and add more seasoning if necessary then cook until cabbage is done and serve.

5) Smores

Toasted marshmallows are always a campfire favourite, but smores, a slightly crunchier treat means you can have your favourite biscuits and a bit of chocolate with them too; the perfect camping dessert.

You will need:

  • Packet of rich tea biscuits
  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • Chocolate bars

Start by toasting the marshmallows over your campfire then put one with a piece of chocolate onto a biscuit. Sandwich with another biscuit and enjoy!

Author Bio: This post was written by Chris an outdoor enthusiast working for Simply Hike an online retailer of outdoor clothing and Hunter Wellies.

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