While I'm not the most experienced camper (I went last weekend and am still convincing myself that whatever was crawling on my shoulder was not a scorpion), I do enjoy a night or two under the stars. The crackling fire. The darkness of the night. It's all so peaceful.
But perhaps my favorite part of the whole experience? Cooking over the fire.
From a hearty Breakfast Quesadilla to S'mores Two Ways, check out seven easy recipes to savor during your next camping trip:
Campfire Breakfast Quesadillas A spicy way to kick off your morning
Lightly coat sheets of heavy-duty foil with cooking spray and place a flour tortilla into each one. Cook scrambled eggs, bacon or chorizo, and diced potatoes, onions, hot peppers and garlic in a cast iron skillet over the grates. Pile your toppings, along with shredded cheese, onto one side of the tortillas and fold over to form quesadillas. Wrap foil packets tightly and place over the grates to grill. Cook, flipping once, until golden brown and crisp, about five minutes per side.
Serve with a side of salsa and hot sauce.
Morning Pistachio & Raisin Couscous A warming, healthy start to your day
This simple breakfast recipe combines salty pistachios with sweet raisins and a hint of cardamom. All you'll need to do is boil some water, stir in your premixed ingredients and voilà -- breakfast is served.
Grilled Corn w/ Cotija Cheese & Lime Butter The perfect afternoon pick-me-up
Mix softened butter with lime zest, cayenne and salt (this step can be done at home). Chill until ready for use.
Spread butter mixture over cleaned ears of corn and wrap with heavy-duty foil. Place over grates and grill, turning, until charred and done, about 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can place the corn directly onto a single layer of hot coals and top with another layer of coals, cooking for 15-20 minutes until done.
Serve sprinkled with cotija cheese.
Barbecue Pork Nachos The ultimate late-night snack
Before you head out, make or pick up store-bought barbecue pulled pork. Freeze and thaw when ready for use. Heat in a foil packet until warmed.
Place a layer of corn tortilla chips into a large aluminum foil cake tin and top with pulled pork, Cheez Whiz or shredded cheese, sliced jalapeños and chopped green onion. Top tightly with foil and place over grates until melted and bubbly, about ten minutes.
Serve with salsa.
Italian Deli Pull Apart Loaf A crowd pleasing, hot and cheesy lunch
Spray a large sheet of heavy-duty foil with cooking spray and place a wide loaf of Italian bread inside. Without slicing all the way through, cut loaf into slices. Spread every other slice with mayonnaise and stuff with a mix of Italian deli meats (capicola, ham, salami and prosciutto), sliced provolone cheese, and roasted red peppers or hot giardiniera.
Pull foil over the bread and fold to form a packet, sealing tightly but leaving a bit of room for circulation. Place over grates and grill until sandwich is hot and melted, about 15-20 minutes.
Pull apart sandwiches and serve with pickles.
Roast Chicken, Asparagus, & Mushroom Packets A dinner for 4 that could not be easier
Pick up store-bought rotisserie chicken and divide into 8 pieces. Divide the pieces into 4 foil packets and add asparagus tips, sliced mushrooms, chopped fresh herbs and minced garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Before folding up, add a splash or two of white wine to each pack.
Place on the grates and cook until chicken is warmed and vegetables are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
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S'mores In A Cone A gooey treat with chocolate, peanut butter and bananas
Fill waffle cones with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, sliced banana and peanut butter. Wrap in aluminum foil and cook over the fire, turning, until gooey and melted, about 5-10 minutes.
Bacon Wrapped S'mores You read that right
Skewer a pieces of bacon and roast over the fire until cooked but tender. Meanwhile, roast marshmallows on the outskirts of the fire until golden browned and bubbly. Wrap the marshmallows with bacon and place inside graham crackers with chocolate squares. Press to melt and enjoy.