July 24, 2020
When planning a long weekend camping trip, there’s so much to look forward to. From waking up to the sound of the wind in the trees and the fresh scent of dewy leaves, to gazing at the velvety cover of starry sky while you roast marshmallows for s’mores.
One of our favourite things about camping is the wonderful simplicity of food prepared over a campfire. This long weekend, we’re here to inspire you with some unique and surprising dishes that can be cooked on the wood-fired camp grill. From corn and blueberry pancakes and campfire apple crisp to smoky chili and candied bacon, camping food can easily be so much more than just hot dogs.
A little planning to elevate camping meals
Every happy camper knows that the golden rule of camping is good preparation. This is never more true than when it comes to your menu. First, take time to plan your meals, shop for your ingredients, and then do as much of the prep at home as you can. Doing simple things like pre-measuring all the ingredients for a batch of pancakes means you don’t need to panic if you forget measuring cups or spoons.
Read on to discover some of our favourite campfire recipes for this long weekend.
Corn & Blueberry pancakes to start the day
With a good skillet and a little bit of advance prep, you can have pancakes for breakfast at camp. These corn and blueberry pancakes are the best way to wake up in the morning and it’s simply a matter of combining the dry ingredients in a large re-sealable storage bag at home. Check out our easy pancake recipe here.
In the morning at camp, heat up the campfire and drizzle some oil onto your skillet. While it’s warming up, add some milk or water to the bag, then toss in a handful of blueberries and some drained canned sweet corn. Spoon small amounts at a time onto the hot pan and flip them when you start to see bubbles. Pack some maple syrup and drizzle onto your stack for a truly decadent camping breakfast!
Smoky Campfire Chili
A tasty chili is synonymous with a cozy campfire evening. The hack here is to cut out the hassle of making it on-site by pre-cooking and freezing your chili at home and then reheating it over the smokiness of the campfire. You’ll have a tasty, healthy meal that’s easy to clean up. As a bonus, frozen chili in the cooler helps keep other things cold too!
Upgrade your bacon
A super easy at-home trick you can use to bring your campfire cooking game to the next level is to pre-cook some bacon—with added flavours!
The day before you depart, lay a whole package of bacon out on cookie sheets lined with parchment. Sprinkle your bacon with a little extra magic; try adding some rosemary sprigs, a squirt of spicy Sriracha sauce or a generous coating of brown sugar or maple syrup for candied bacon. Cook as you normally would until it’s crisp, then let it cool, wrap in parchment and seal in a sealable container. When you arrive at camp, thread the slices onto long wooden skewers or wrap them in tin foil and re-heat directly on the grate and let the mouth-watering aromas fill the air. No spatter, no mess, no fussing.
Cook up campfire Cranberry Apple Crisp
This classic and comforting dessert is another tasty treat that can be prepared in advance at home—and you can make individual portions or a large pan too. Use our recipe and then simply divide the batter into smaller portions if you want individual servings. You can bake them first in the oven at home, or store in the fridge and cooler, then bake them over a dying campfire. It’s the perfect heavenly after-dinner treat!
Taking some time to plan your meals and prep your food in advance is a sure-fire way to guarantee that this long weekend camping trip will be one to remember. We hope these simple and tasty food ideas inspire you to forget the hot dogs and try something gourmet!
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