4 Fast & Easy Camping Recipes for Your Glamping Dinner
Going camping can entail a lot of packing and prepping, so wherever you can optimise the process is a win. Campfire cooking doesn’t need to be complex or require a bunch of equipment and ingredients. To showcase this, we’ve compiled four yummy, easy camping recipes below that don’t require you to pack everything but the kitchen sink.
What to pack for your camp kitchen
Before we get to the recipes, here are some things to keep in mind when packing:
Do you need a camping stove? Setting up a campfire can be risky, so a camping stove or firepit is your best bet. Wigwam® Holidays sites provide each glamping pod with a firepit, or you can buy a camping stove for as little as £25 or so.
Tinfoil can be very versatile. You can wrap almost anything in a foil wrap and simply toss it onto the hot coals to cook. Baked potatoes, nachos, pasta… The sky’s the limit!
Dutch ovens can also be used for almost anything. Yes, they’re heavy, but if you’re camping with a car, they can come in very handy. It’s the kind of one-pot wonder that can be used to cook anything from lasagna to pizza.
Consider building a camp kitchen chuck box. If you’re a regular camper, a chuck box can make preparing for your camping trip quicker and easier.
1. Veggie Skewers
Skewers are super simple to make on the campfire and you can use almost any veggies and protein you’d like. A good marinade makes all the difference. Below are some ideas on what to add to your marinade which you can prepare at home. Simply add everything you’d like to taste.
Salt & pepper
Balsamic vinegar/lemon juice
Here are some ideas of things you can add to your skewers:
Simply cut into bite-size pieces and glaze with your marinade. If using tofu, it’s a good idea to press out the excess moisture and marinate the tofu for at least an hour.
To cook your skewers, place them on the grate of your firepit and cook for about five minutes on both sides. If you don’t have a grate or something similar, you can place the skewers in a foil-lined Dutch oven or cook them in a foil pack.
PRO TIP: cut up your veggies and protein at home and add to a ziplock bag alongside the marinade to that everything is very flavourful by the time you cook it.
PRO TIP 2: If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for half an hour before cooking.
2. Campfire Mac & Cheese
Mac and cheese is a real crowd-pleaser and super simple to make with just one pot, foil trays (optional) and six ingredients. The below recipe serves four.
2 cups uncooked macaroni
1.5 cups shredded cheese (cheddar and mozzarella mix recommended)
1 tsp oil
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1. Cook and strain pasta and set aside, coating it with the oil to prevent sticking.
2. In the same pot, melt the butter and add the flour, whisking for a minute and a half.
3. Add the milk little by little while whisking and heat up until the sauce thickens.
4. Add in the cheese, stirring until the cheese is melted.
5. Stir in the pasta.
6. Add salt and pepper to taste
7. (Optional) Add the mac and cheese to a foil tray and seal tight before cooking on hot coals for eight minutes.
PRO TIP: This is another meal that can be prepped at home, added to a foil tray and simply cooked on the campfire for an easy camping recipe that takes almost no time on the campsite itself.
PRO TIP 2: Adding a little smoked paprika and/or garlic powder can make all the difference!
3. Ploughman’s campfire toastie
Bread, cheese, ham and pickle come together in this classic British sandwich. Here, we give it the toastie treatment for a hearty and warming lunch or dinner. The recipe below makes four toasties. These are great served with some store-bought soup for dipping.
8 slices of white bread
200g thinly sliced cheddar cheese
8 tbsp chutney or pickle
4 slices smoked ham
1. Add a quarter of the cheese and a slice of ham to a piece of bread and repeat four times.
2. Spread two tablespoons of chutney or pickle on each of the remaining slices of bread, sandwiching them on top of the bread slices with cheese and ham to make toasties.
3. Wrap tightly in tin foil and cook on the firepit grate or barbecue for a few minutes on each side until the cheese has melted.
4. One-pot Pasta Puttanesca
This fancy-looking pasta dish is actually very quick and easy to make and doesn’t require a bunch of ingredients. Serves four.
350g pasta noodles (spaghetti is traditionally used)
2.5 cups water
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 x 400g cans of cherry tomatoes
4-8 anchovy fillets, chopped
½ cup sliced Kalamata olives
1 tbsp capers
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp chilli flakes
2 tsp dried oregano
Fresh parsley to top (optional)
1. Add olive oil, chilli flakes and anchovies to a pot and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the minced garlic and cooking an additional 30 seconds.
2. Add the tinned tomatoes, dried oregano, olives and capers along with the pasta and the water.
3. Cook for 10 minutes or until the liquid has turned into a thick sauce, stirring occasionally. Add more water if necessary.
4. Serve with chopped fresh parsley (optional).
Cosy camping with Wigwam® Holidays
We hope that the above easy camping recipes have inspired the menu for your next camping trip. When you choose Wigwam® Holidays for your getaway, you’ll have access to your own firepit for cooking meals and huddling around as the sun goes down. You can also book a cabin with a kitchenette for easy cooking - talk about cosy camping!
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