Saturday, March 2, 2013

Easy Camping Recipes!

I've found some easy camping recipes, and thought I would share.

One thing about camping, easy is best!  And when it comes to food preparation, easy camping recipes are perfect!

These camping recipes are mostly made right at the campsite.  I will be gathering more recipes that are best prepared at home before the camping getaway.


Makes 1 serving

1 large marshmallow
1 graham cracker
1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy bar


Heat the marshmallow over an open flame until it begins to brown and melt.
Break the graham cracker in half. Sandwich the chocolate between the cracker and the hot marshmallow. Allow the marshmallow to cool a moment before eating.

Variations:  try using different chocolate flavors.  Wrap in foil and put in hot coals 2-3 minutes.

Hobo Pies

Makes 1 Hobo pie

2 (1 ounce) slices white bread
1 tablespoon butter, softened
3 tablespoons apple pie filling


Spray a hobo pie toaster with nonstick cooking spray. Evenly spread one side of each slice of bread with softened butter. Lay a slice of bread, butter side down, into the toaster. Spoon on pie filling, and top with second slice of bread, butter side up.
Close up toaster, and trim off excess bread.  Cook over a hot campfire, turning occasionally, until the pie is hot and golden brown, about 4 minutes.

Variations are endless!  Use any kind of pie filling.  Pizza pies using pizza sauce, mozzerella, pepperoni, and anything you like on pizzas.  Beef Stew, Chili, Cheese, etc.  Just make sure you don't fill them too full, and the kids eat over a plate.  My daughter dropped hot cherry pie filling on her leg and it took the skin off her leg.  :(

Sponge Cakes

Makes 6 cakes

6 sheets heavy duty aluminum foil (10x12-inch)
1 (12 ounce) package prepared sponge cake shells
cooking spray
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained, juice reserved
2 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
1/3 cup chopped pecans, divided
18 maraschino cherries (optional)


Spray the aluminum sheets with cooking spray, and place a sponge cake shell in the center of each sheet. Spoon the crushed pineapple into the cakes, dividing it equally, and sprinkle each cake with about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and about 2 teaspoons of nuts. Top each cake with 3 maraschino cherries, and drizzle 1 to 2 teaspoons of the pineapple juice over each cake.

Wrap the cakes in the foil, leaving some room at the top for air circulation. Place the foil packs onto the embers of a campfire until the cakes are hot and bubbling, about 3-5 minutes.

Banana Royal

Makes 6 servings

6 unpeeled bananas
2 (2.16 ounce) bars chocolate-coated caramel-peanut nougat candy bars (such as Snickers®)


With a sharp knife, cut a lengthwise wedge out of each banana, slicing through the peel and almost through the banana. Carefully remove the wedge and set aside. Slice each candy bar into 3 slices the long way. Insert a slice of candy bar into the banana, then replace the wedge back over the candy, pushing the wedge back down. Repeat with remaining bananas; wrap the stuffed bananas tightly in aluminum foil.

Roast the bananas in the coals of a campfire until the fruit is hot and the candy has melted, about 5 minutes. Unwrap the bananas, then remove peel from wedges and eat the bananas with spoons. Candy filling could be very hot, so use caution.

Variations:  Any candy bar will do.  Eat with ice cream or whipped cream!

Visit my Camping Recipes page for more great easy camping recipes!

I scoured the Internet and can now recommend The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook.  It is getting rave reviews everywhere.  It's reasonably priced and packed with tips as well as hundreds of recipes for all kinds of meals that can be made using dutch ovens, camp stoves, fire pits, and grills, or that do not require cooking at all!

Feel free to share your favorite easy camping recipes!  I'd love to see them!


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