10 Quick And Easy Camping Meals
You always know that the itch to go on a camping adventure can’t be far away, so here's 10 easy camping meals to make dinner time a breeze.
Pea and ham soup in various forms have served as a traditional staple of Australian, English, and American food. It will take a few hours to cook properly over your campervan gas stove or in a pot over an open campfire. Pea and ham soup, due to its thick, rich, and somewhat salty flavour can easily take its place among the world’s great comfort foods.
- 1 large container of chicken broth
- 1 package of dried split peas
- 3 stalks of celery, diced
- 1 diced onion
- Hambone or other odds and ends from a ham
- Seasoning to taste
- Add all ingredients into a pot
- Bring to a boil
- Simmer for at least three hours, or until ham is easily broken apart with fork and soup has a consistent texture
What could be simpler or more satisfying than that blast from your childhood past – good old fashioned grilled cheese? Your campervan has pans ideal for cooking the perfect grilled cheese on your gas stove or over the campfire.
The grilled cheese offers a lot of versatility. Try a variety of different kinds of cheeses and cheese combinations. Most people butter one side of each slice of bread before cooking, but we suggest trying mayonnaise instead. It creates a richer tasting crust on the sandwich.
- Slices of white or wheat bread
- Any type of cheese that will melt easily
- Butter or mayonnaise
- Coat outside of bread with butter, margarine, or mayonnaise. Mayonnaise provides a superior taste and crispness
- Add cheese
- Grill on both sides until golden brown
You can find hundreds of ways to do a shrimp boil, but the most basic form is both easy and delicious. Combine apple cider vinegar and cheap beer, bring to a boil, and drop your shrimp in. Adjust the vinegar/beer ratio to taste. Keep stirring the shrimp while cooking and remove a few minutes before they look done. The shrimp will continue to cook a few minutes after you remove them from the liquid.
To experience a great American twist on the shrimp boil, order the Maryland-made seasoning, Old Bay, online. Dump most of a small box into your liquid at the beginning of cooking. Those from the area call it “Chesapeake Bay style shrimp.” It adds a great deal of spicy depth to your shrimp.
- 3 cans of cheap beer
- 1 jug of apple cider vinegar
- 1 or more pounds of shrimp
- Old Bay seasoning (optional)
- Removal of shrimp shell is optional
- De-veining shrimp is not optional. Make sure you do this
- Mix three parts beer and two parts vinegar, then bring to boil. Add Old Bay now, if desired
- Put in shrimp and boil until nearly done
- Remove and let rest in a bowl for five minutes to allow shrimp to finish cooking
- Shrimp shells can be used, along with vegetables, to make a great fish stock
Like pea and ham soup, beef stew cooks slowly and serves as a comfort food favourite. Cubed beef, potatoes, carrots, and whatever else you want to throw in the pot, cooked slowly with some kind of thickening agent serves as a perfect dish for those cold camping nights. It will make you feel almost as warm and cozy as your sleeping bag and campfire will.
- Cubed beef
- Cubed potatoes, carrots, onions, and other vegetables
- Flour or cornstarch
- 1-quart beef stock or broth
- Roll cubed beef in flour
- Put ingredients in stock or broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer while covered for at least two hours
- If not thick enough after cooking, add small cup of cold water with a tablespoon of cornstarch, add to simmering stew
Another staple of the food culture collision between Mexico and the United States, quesadillas are similar to fajitas but are cooked on the outside. Grill meat and/or vegetables, slice or cube them (except for shrimp), then put the meat and your cheese of choice in a tortilla folded in half. The difference is that you pan cook the meat and cheese filled tortilla after filling it, allowing the cheese to melt through the rest of the food and bind it all together.
Quesadillas may be one of the most perfectly delicious finger foods.
- Thinly sliced beef or chicken, crumbled and browned chorizo, and/or shrimp
- Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, or other cheese identified with Mexican cooking’
- Tortilla shells
- Olive oil
- Choose one or more meats, season, and pan fry in skillet
- Fill tortilla shell, add cheese, fold in half
- Cook in iron skillet until browned on the outside and cheese binds interior together
The best side dish for anything barbeque, these beans traditionally bring a rich combination of savoury and sweet to the table. Technically, barbeque beans are cooked on a stovetop, and baked beans in an oven, but they typically have the same flavourings. Ingredients can include some, but not all of the following: ketchup, barbeque sauce, mustard, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, garlic, onions, and anything else your culinary cranium can imagine.
- 1 can baked beans
- Choice of mustard, ketchup, barbeque sauce
- Brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic, 1.4 cup diced onion
- Make barbeque beans in an open top pot on stove, or baked beans in a closed pot on the oven or near an open campfire
- Add ingredients to taste
- Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour, being taking care to stir often and to avoid burning
Kangaroo meat can be delicious if prepared correctly. Experts say, however, that kangaroo meat is not best for those who prefer their meat well done. Cook it medium rare or medium to keep it from drying out.
- Kangaroo steaks
- Black pepper, salt
- Put pepper and a dash of salt on both sides of the steak
- Cook over an open flame on both sides to taste
Just like fish and chips, fried chicken does not appear on the typical campervan and camping menu. Also like fish and chips, the campervan’s gas stove serves as the perfect spot to cook up this delicious meal if you want.
- Chicken breasts, thighs, legs, wings
- Egg and milk wash
- Flour and seasoning
- 1 quart cooking oil
- Heat oil
- Put eggs and milk in bowl and beat thoroughly
- Place four and seasonings on plate
- Dredge chicken through egg and milk wash, roll through flour, dip in milk and eggs, then roll through flour again
- Deep fry until golden brown and cooked all the way through
Who doesn’t love hamburgers cooked over an open fire? Make sure that you adjust the thickness of the burger based on its proximity to the fire and your preference for how well done you like it. In other words, thick beef cooked close to the fire will give you a lot of char on a rare burger.
Of course, you want to make sure and top your burger the Australian way, with delicious beetroot.
- Ground beef
- Hamburger buns
- Cheese, bacon, mayonnaise, barbeque sauce, and any other desired condiments
- Make ground beef into burgers of desired size and thickness
- Add seasoning to outside if desired
- Grill over open flame until cooked to taste
- Place on bun with condiments and other additions as desired
Nachos originated as a quick lunch whipped up by a Mexican restaurateur for visiting Americans. Crispy tortilla chips serve as a great foundation for ground hamburger or shredded chicken, pork, or beef. Top with your choice of vegetables, salsa, sour cream, and loads of ooey gooey cheese and you have easy camping food to keep everyone satisfied.
- Tortilla chips
- Ground beef, pork, or other meat
- Cheddar, Monterrey jack, or other cheese usually used in Mexican-style cooking
- Sliced and diced vegetables
- Mexican sauce or salsa
- Sour cream
- Brown and season meat
- Put chips onto a plate or platter
- Put meat over chips, then cheese over the meat, than any combination of vegetables and sauce desired
This article was originally published on www.travellers-autobarn.com.au.