Campfire Recipe: Pancake and Sausage Bake

Growing up, my mother loved one pot meals. I mean if you could simply throw everything into one pot, she was for it. While this approach to food prep was not always appealing, it did make for easy clean up for my mother. As a youngster, I really felt this was a copout but as I got older I really understood. Yes, dishes that require many pots may be impressive but at the end of the day I have to do the clean up. In doing so, one pot meals is the way to go.

Campfire Recipe:  Pancake and Sausage Bake


½ cup of finely ground yellow cornmeal

½ cup of all purpose flour

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

¾ teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of baking powder

1 cup of whole milk

2 large eggs

2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter

12 ounces of uncooked breakfast sausages

3 Tablespoons of maple syrup plus more for topping



This batter can be made at camp or ahead at home. If you pick the latter, make sure to use it within a day.

  1. Regardless of where you are going to make your batter, the first step is to combine the corn meal, flour, granulated sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  2. Add the whole milk and eggs to the flour mixture. Mix until you see no flour lumps.
  3. Build fire and place a grilling rack on top. If you have a camp stove, prepare it for cooking.
  4. Once the heat is on your cooking method, top with a large cast iron skillet.
  5. Add butter to the skillet and heat until it bubbles.
  6. Place the uncooked sausage in the skillet. Brown all sides, which should take about 12 to 15 minutes.
  7. Once the sausages are browned, remove them and place on a plate.
  8. Mix the batter again.
  9. Pour the batter into the skillet.
  10. Arrange cooked sausage on top of the batter.
  11. Top batter with the three tablespoons of maple syrup.
  12. Cover with aluminum foil and cook over the heat for 12 to 15 minutes.
  13. Once the batter is done, remove from the heat.
  14. Cut into serving pieces and provide additional maple syrup.

While the individual sausages make this dish look pretty, do not exclude this recipe if you cannot find uncooked link sausage. A roll of sausage can be used in place of the links. Just make sure that the ground meat is cooked all the way through prior to placing it in the batter.