Camp Fire Recipe: Zucchini Casserole

Those who know me know that I am always looking for a way to increase the number of vegetables consumed by my family.  This is especially true when it comes to camping.  I mean, I will be frank; it is so easy to fall into the canned food habit when one is camping.  While this dish does take time, it really is worth it not only due to its nutritional value but also taste.  But what do you do if you really do not like zucchini?  Well, the answer is simple.  You can substitute any type of “squash” for the zucchini.  You can also change it up a bit by using different flavored croutons and cheese. 

Lastly, if you do not have a sweet onion in your camp kitchen, do not worry.  A red onion works just fine.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Zucchini Casserole

Ingredients

Spray or liquid oil

4 medium zucchinis

1 large sweet onion

1 clove of garlic

3 large tomatoes

1 5 ounce bag of seasoned salad croutons

2 cups of shredded Swiss cheese

1 teaspoon basil

Salt and pepper to taste

½ teaspoon of ground pepper

6 Tablespoons of butter

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Steps

  1. Build fire to prepare coals.
  2. Lightly grease the inside of a 10 inch Dutch oven with spray or liquid oil.
  3. Slice zucchini into ¼ inch slices.  Set aside.
  4. Chop onion.  Set aside.
  5. Mince clove of garlic and set aside.
  6. Place a grilling rack above the fire and put the 10 inch Dutch oven on top.
  7. Add the butter to the Dutch oven.
  8. Put the zucchini, chopped onion and garlic in the Dutch oven.  Cover with lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Add 2/3 of the seasoned salad croutons.  Stir.
  10. Add 1 cup of shredded Swiss cheese, basil, salt and pepper to taste.  Stir.
  11. Slice tomatoes and place on top of the zucchini layer.
  12. Top this layer with the remaining salad croutons, and shredded Swiss cheese.
  13. Put the lid on the 10 inch Dutch oven and remove from grilling rack.
  14. Snuggle the Dutch oven into the coals and top the lid with 18 prepared coals.
  15. Cook for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  16. Once the vegetables are soft, remove the Dutch oven from the coals and serve. 

While this dish is designed to be a side dish, it can be an alternative main dish for those campers who are vegetarians.

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