Friday, June 24, 2011

Time for Campfire Cooking...

So this week, I get to do something really quite exciting - camping with a group of middle school kids!

Now, I know, you're thinking - who in their right mind??? But, they really are great kids and after camping with my son (a toddler) this is a breeze!

Anyway, we will be cooking most meals in a dutch oven, over an open fire and on sticks or in foil packets... I've done this before for a night and a morning, but never for 3 nights and 3 mornings. So, here is my plan. We have 4 adults and 4 kids in the group....

Sunday Night - hot dogs over the fire - easy, fast.
                  carrots & celery with peanut butter
                  Best Berry Cobbler (if we have time to pick berries on the way) or Tasty Campfire Apples

Tasty Campfire Apples in Tin Foil
• 3 - 4 apples
• 1 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 cube butter
• ½ cups maple syrup
Peel and cut apples into slices taking out the core. Combine the melted butter, maple
syrup, and nuts in a bowl. Place a small handful of apples into a piece of aluminum foil.
Top the apples with a large spoonful of the nut mixture. Fold the foil, leaving an opening
for ventilation. Place on the campfire and cook 30-40 minutes, or until the apples are soft
but not mushy.

The Best Berry Cobbler
This is an easy recipe to make, and it is just a delicious finish to your meal.
· 5 Tbsp. butter (roughly 2/3 of a stick)
· 1 tsp. baking powder
· 1 Cup all-purpose flour
· 1/2 tsp. salt
· 2/3 Cup sugar
· 3/4 Cup milk
· 1 tsp. vanilla extract
· 2 Cups blueberries (fresh or frozen) or other berries
· 1/3 Cup granola
· 1/3 Cup sugar
Use aluminum foil to cover the inside of a 12-inch Dutch Oven. Preheat the oven, and then melt the butter in it. To make the batter, mix the baking powder, flour, salt, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract very well. Pour the batter on top of the melted butter. Throw the blueberries on top of the batter. Bake at medium heat for 40 to 45 minutes. At about 30 minutes into the cooking sprinkle the granola and remaining sugar on top. The berry cobbler is done when a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Monday Morning - German Pancakes - double recipe - or make twice
                               - Fruit maybe some bacon?

German Pancakes
1 1/2 cups milk 6 Tbs. butter
9 eggs lemon juice
1 1/2 cups flour powdered sugar
3/4 tsp. salt

In a mixing bowl whisk together milk, eggs, flour, and salt to form a thin batter.

Heat a 14" Dutch oven using 14-16 briquettes bottom and 18-20 briquettes top until very hot. Add butter to Dutch oven and let melt. Pour batter into oven and cook for 25-30 minutes until pancake is fluffy and light brown.

Sprinkle pancake with lemon juice and dust with powdered sugar.

Serves: 6

Monday Lunch - PBJ & Cheese sandwiches made in the morning. Fruit, veggies & chips.

(grocery shopping on Monday)

Monday Evening - Creamy, Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole - not a diet food :)
& either the Berry Cobbler or Apples for dessert

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice in the Dutch Oven - made this up from my memory...if you can think of something else we included, feel free to let me know :)
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 T butter
1 med-large onion diced
8-12 oz of mushrooms (unless someone doesn’t like these)
4 med-large carrots diced
4-6 stalks of celery diced
1.5-2 cups Wild Rice (will puff up a lot -rice to liquid ratio 1:3 – 1 c. rice, 3 c of broth/water)
4.5-6 cups water (more as needed)
Chicken Bouillon – low sodium
Spike seasoning if available or any other seasoning blend
Shredded Cheese to sprinkle on top.

For “cream”
2T butter
6T Flour
1/2 cup water
1 ½ c milk
salt and pepper to taste

Tuesday Breakfast - Camp Fire Breakfast & bananas

Tuesday Lunch - kids shopping challenge (we give them money, they figure out what they can afford for lunch and it must include something healthy)

(grocery shopping on Tuesday for dinner and Wed. Breakfast)

Tuesday Dinner - Pizza in the Dutch Oven

Dutch Oven Pizza
Who doesn’t love pizza while camping? This recipe is very easy to make!
You Will Need:
  • 1 can refrigerated pizza dough (some may prefer crescent rolls or biscuits, use whichever you like better – you can also always make your own dough)
  • Tomato sauce – a little goes a long way, in most cases 1 very small jar/can will do, but if you plan on making pie iron pizzas or another recipe that calls for tomato sauce, you can always save the leftovers for another meal!
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella or provolone or a blend)
  • Pepporoni, Bacon or Sausage if desired
  • Mushrooms, Spinach, Green Peppers, Onions, and any other veggies you like
To make the pizza, first you will want to make sure you coat the pan with oil or butter to prevent sticking. and sprinkle with corn meal if available.
Next, spread the dough evenly across the bottom. Then add your sauce, seasonings, and toppings. Cover and bake in fire for about 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted. (Note: If you will be adding meats such as sausage or bacon, you will likely want to precook them first to ensure they will be cooked all the way, as the rest may cook faster before they are done!)

dessert - banana boats or S'mores

Wednesday Breakfast -  Cereal bars and fruit - let's get moving!

Wednesday Lunch - on the road

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