Great Campfire Meals Part 1
One thing that many people look forward to when vacationing throughout campsites in Alberta is the food. From the snacks, to the meals cooked over an open fire. And who can forget the snacks and desserts? Whether you’re a kid, or a kid at heart, camping is ubiquitous with great food!
Here are some great campfire meals you can try out on your next outing, whether it’s for an afternoon, a weekend or weeklong visit to one of the amazing campgrounds run by Elevated Experience Camping! In part one of our two part series, we explore the best cookware for your camping adventures, and learn some easy and delicious camping recipes for you to try out!
When you head out to various campsites in Alberta, make sure you pack the right cooking gear! You don’t need a lot, but there are some essentials that you need. Once you have the essentials, you can make almost anything! While many people prefer a camp stove, you really only need an open fire and a cast iron sheet grill. Whether you’re cooking steak, eggs, sausage, sautéing onions and other vegetables, this one accessory does it all with minimal clean up! We prefer this double sided one that has the ridges on one side, so you can get nice grill marks on your steak, chicken, or garlic bread.
Camping Cookware is Important
Another important piece of gear is a pot. You can cook stew, chili, soups, use it for pasta, hard boiling eggs, coffee and tea, then for boiling the water to clean your dishes at the end of your meal. Put this on your camp stove, or directly on your cast iron sheet grill to boil water! Get one with a lid for fast boiling! Get a kettle for coffee or tea, hot dog cooking sticks, and for the most elevated meals, pie irons! Make pizza, grilled cheese, pies and more!
Cast iron is going to be some of your most durable camping cookware that will last forever, and be easy to clean. Make sure you read up on how to season it properly before taking it to various campsites in Alberta to cook with it. You will also want to be familiar with how to clean it (don’t submerse it in water!) So that your cookware will last you for all your camping seasons!
Once you have your camping cooking gear all purchased and ready to go to campsites in Alberta. Make your food plan and grocery list ahead of time. Are you stuck in figuring out what to cook while visiting campsites in Alberta? Never fear – the crew at Elevated Experience Camping have you covered with so many ideas and recipes to make while visiting their beautiful campgrounds!
Start things off with the perfect camping breakfast, not only is it the most important meal of the day, fueling whatever adventures you are going to have. But you don’t want the hunger pangs to distract you, or cut your fun day short. A big, beautiful, hearty breakfast is not only delicious, and nutritious, it’s guaranteed to keep you full until your next delicious camping meal!
While we have our famous Elevated Experience Check Out Breakfasts on Sundays, the rest of the week you will need the right food to get you going! Banana Bread Pancakes is one of our all time favorites. Combining the deliciousness of banana bread with the hearty-ness of pancakes, this is easy to whip up while camping, and keep you fueled until lunch!
3 very ripe bananas
1½ cup whole milk
2 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts (we love walnuts, almonds, cashews, all toasted in a skillet ahead of time)
butter or vegetable oil for the skillet
Prepare part of this at home, by adding all dry ingredients to a Ziploc bag. At camp, mash the bananas with a fork until smooth, add the egg into the bowl and add the milk, mix until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined, being careful not to overmix. If the batter seems too thick, add up to ¼ cup of additional milk. When the cast iron skillet is hot, grease with oil or butter, and pour pancake batter. Add the chopped nuts. When the pancake is showing bubbles (about 2 – 3 minutes) flip, and cook until pancake is golden.
Serve, and enjoy with maple syrup, brown sugar, jam, bananas or whatever your heart desires! Enjoy!
While many people don’t think about bananas as a camping food because they are soft, they are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium. That means they help you avoid those pesky muscle cramps if you are planning on doing a lot of walking, hiking or biking. They don’t have to be refrigerated, so it’s a great idea to make room for bananas on your next adventure in campsites in Alberta!
Camping Side Dishes
While many people absolutely love eating hot dogs, hamburgers, chili and steak while camping, many people don’t think enough about the side dishes they will eat while visiting campsites in Alberta. But the savvy camper cook knows that the magic in the meal is a perfect side dish to pull the entire meal together!
The thing about making side dishes while camping, is that they have to be easy, take few dishes to make, and be something that everyone will eat! Enter this delicious 3 Bean Salad that requires no refrigeration of the ingredients before you make it! Bring everything in your dry goods box, and ensure everyone eats it all, so there’s no need to try to make room in your cooler for leftovers!
15 oz can chickpea beans drained and rinsed
15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
15 oz pinto beans drained and rinsed
15 oz can corn drained
1 jar roasted red pepper
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
In a bowl combine the beans, and pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk the vinegar and all spices together. Drizzle dressing over the beans, mix and serve. Nothing could be easier! Make sure you’ve packed your camping can opener! Plus beans are an amazing camping food that’s easy to store, prepare and will give you lots of protein and energy, no matter what campsites in Alberta you visit!
Now that you have your proper camping cookware, drinks, breakfasts and snacks to get started, don’t forget to check out part two of this series, where we will be cooking side dishes, main courses and desserts. And when you are ready to hit the road on your very own camping culinary adventure, check us out at Elevated Experience Camping – we can’t wait to see you!