Archive for April, 2015

Campfire Recipe: Walk About Breakfast

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Picture this, you get up in the morning at your campsite and you cannot wait to get out to the trail.  Yes, you could skip breakfast.  I mean really maybe you could lose weight and hit the trail sooner.  Well, you decide that is not a good idea and frankly you need some coffee or tea to wake up.  In doing so, you get up and build a fire.

While the fire is going, you get your hot drink of choice prepared to put on the fire.  As you sit there and think of the day, you decide to see what you have for a quick breakfast.  Yes, you find the cereal but decide no.  You see eggs and think well maybe but I want to get on the trail.  Then it hits you, what about a walking breakfast.  What about one that requires few ingredients, has a lot of protein, little trash, and is portable.  What to do?

As you look through the cooler it comes to you.  What more could you ask for then biscuits and eggs.  But you do not want to take the time to bake the biscuits.  Well, the biscuits have to be cooked, right.  How to do that without pulling out the cookware can be a challenge but not really.  All you need is a stick.

Below is a recipe for a unique breakfast that only needs one dish and that is a skillet to cook your eggs.  Now, you can have your breakfast and hit the trail too. 

Camp Fire Recipe:  Walk About Breakfast

Ingredients

One can of biscuits

Wooden stick

Knife

Eggs

Butter

Salt and pepper

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Steps

  1. Build the fire.
  2. Whittle down the sides of the stick but leave enough to hold the biscuit.
  3. Once the fire gets hot, place a cast iron skillet on the grilling rack.
  4. Put a dab of butter in the hot skillet and swirl around.
  5. Crack eggs into the skillet and scramble.
  6. Season to taste.
  7. Cook until the eggs are solid.
  8. Once the eggs are done, remove from the heat.
  9. Pop open the can of biscuits.
  10. Take one biscuit and wrap it around the prepared stick.  When doing this, make sure the edges touch and the end is sealed.
  11. Cook over the fire until golden brown. 
  12. After the biscuit is browned, remove from the stick.
  13. Fill with the cooked eggs.
  14. Enjoy.

One little reminder, always remember to leave the fire cold before hitting the trail.

Campfire Recipe: Quick and Easy Potato Puffs

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Ok, let me tell you a true story.  My mother had surgery when I was seven.  While she was healing, my mother’s father came up to help.  He was an old navy cook and had many different recipes.  One of my mother’s favorite recipes was potato patties.  These were created from freshly mashed potatoes, which were peeled, boiled, and mixed with butter and milk.  Once that was done, they were mashed by hand.  Next, scoops of this mixture were then rolled in flour and fried in a cast iron skillet greased with butter.  As they began to brown, they were pushed down to form a “potato cake,” which is where I got this idea.

Before I go on though, what do you do with your camping leftovers?  I know there is an issue and concern about keeping the leftovers safe to eat.  As far as I am concern, you have two choices.  One, you can throw them in your trash bag and carry out or you can cook with them.  I tend to go with the latter but having said that, I only use leftovers that were cooked the day before.  I never eat anything held beyond that point.  Yes, I do have wonderful coolers but I just do not want to take a chance.  In doing so, this recipe was actually created to use up what was left over from the dinner the night before.  This dish can be eaten for any meal or even a quick and healthy snack.   

Campfire Recipe:  Quick and Easy Potato Puffs

Ingredients/Supplies

2 cups of cooked mashed potatoes

1/2 cup of cooked meat

¼ cup of cooked whole kernel corn

Butter

Shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, green onions, gravy, optional

Cast iron frying pan

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Steps

  1. Build a fire and place your grilling rack on top.
  2. In a bowl, mix the cooked mashed potatoes, cooked meat and whole kernel corn.
  3. Once the fire and burned down a little, add the skillet and warm.
  4. After the skillet has warmed, place a good amount of butter in the pan.  This will reduce the chances of the puffs sticking.  Having said that, do not add so much that your puffs are floating in butter.
  5. Next swirl the melted butter around to coat the inside of the cast iron skillet.
  6. Take a tablespoon of the mixture in the bowl and place in the skillet.
  7. Brown on one side and then flip.  Brown on all sides.
  8. Place browned puffs on a plate lined with a paper towel or coffee filter.
  9. Serve plain or add toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, gravy, bacon bits, and/or green onions.

Enjoy.

Campfire Recipe: Mexican Burgers

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

One of the common meals I find around camp fires is tacos or soft tacos.  Why is this?  The reasons are simple.  One, the shell makes its own plate, which means reduced clean up.  Second, it is easy.  Even the pickiest eater can find something to eat during Mexican night.  Three, it is easy to sneak in those vegetables and four, it is a tasty dish.  But if you really want to fix something different and memorable, why not go with a Mexican burger. 

The recipe below is a general recipe that can be tweaked a little to your taste and what you may have leftover in the cooler.  What do I mean by this?  Well, you can change up the seasoning according to how hot you like it.  This was alluded to in the salsa section.  You can also use leftovers for this recipe.  How about those leftover tomatoes or peppers from dinner last night or this morning’s breakfast.  These can be used as toppings.  What about the little bit of bean soup?  This can be mashed up and used as the refried beans.  Finally, if you do not have Cayenne pepper, do not worry.  Most camp kitchens have chili powder.  This can be used in place of the Cayenne pepper. 

Campfire Recipe:  Mexican Burgers

Ingredients/supplies

¾ pound of ground beef or turkey

6 ounces of refried beans

½ teaspoon of Cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

4 slices of cheese, flavor your choice

4 hamburger buns

1 cup of shredded lettuce

8 Tablespoons chunky salsa, heat up to you

Optional toppings include sour cream, sliced olives, and avocadoes 

Cast iron skillet

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Steps

  1. Build the fire and once the fire is going, place a grilling rack over the top.
  2. Place the ground meat, refried beans, and both peppers in a bowl.  Mix completely.
  3. Patty out the meat into four “hamburgers.”
  4. Heat skillet up over the fire.
  5. Once the skillet is hot, place hamburger patties in skillet.
  6. Cook until the meat is thoroughly cooked.
  7. Place a slice of cheese on each burger.
  8. Allow the cheese to melt and once melted, remove the hamburgers from the skillet.
  9. Remove the skillet from the grilling rack.  Place buns down on the grilling rack to toast.
  10. Once the buns are toasted, remove from the rack, and place each hamburger on a bun.
  11. Top each burger with 2 tablespoons salsa and ¼ cup of shredded lettuce.  Add optional toppings if desired.

Serve.