Friday, June 24, 2011

Camping Food: Root Vegetable & Turkey Campfire Packets

It's that time of year again. People have pulled their trailers and their tents out of storage and are eager to spend some time in the great outdoors. Every family generally has their own set of food that they take camping. Sometimes it's food that you don't bother with any other time of year, sometimes it's a car full of treats and sometimes it's the same old food you eat at home.

For some, a camping trip can be the only vacation some people take during the summer. It should be fun and full of lots of tasty food. Everything tastes better cooked over an open fire, no?

Root Vegetable & Turkey Campfire Packets

1 russet potato, cubed
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, peeled & mashed
3 carrots, chopped
1 turkey/chicken thigh(s)/breast, cubed
1/4 cup olive oil
oregano, thyme, parsley, rosemary, salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients to coat & double wrap in foil (at home).

Cook over campfire, turning halfway until potatoes are soft.

There's lots of room for variation with something like this, but ours was fantastic!

I love having bacon & eggs for breakfast when we're camping. We tend to have a big breakfast, snack in the afternoon when we need to, & then have a big dinner.

Corn on the cob is an excellent wasteless in-season camping food. Soak in water for an hour (otherwise the husks will catch fire), then grill over the fire, turning occasionally. This can be done on the bbq as well. I LOVE mixing up some miso corn cob rub at home before we go & slathering it onto hot corn on the cob!

If I have space in the cooler, I like to ball up a watermelon so it's ready to eat. Lots of fresh fruit & veggies like apples, celery sticks (ants on a log!), berries, snap peas, pineapple, oranges, cherries, grapes, carrots, stone fruit like peaches & plums or anything else you can find at the farmers market! I might recommend checking this out. Oh, and this too!

Some of our other stand-by's include:
-Baked beans
-Granola bars
-S'mores (As I mentioned here I'm working on from scratch s'mores- stay tuned!)
-Breakfast hash (I'd love to try this next time we go out!). If you're doing baked potatoes the night before in the fire, make extras for hashbrowns in the morning.
-This time of year, asparagus grilled over the fire is fantastic!

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