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Campfire Recipes 101

Wednesday 24th July 2019
By Neil Fahey
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By Neil Fahey
There’s nothing quite like a campfire to make your camping experience feel special. The best part - a roaring open fire creates the perfect opportunity to try some wholesome, homemade camping recipes, whether cooked on the campfire flames or by the fire on your camping stove. Campfires and home cooked food might just be the two most ideal things in the world to bring people together.

With the increasing popularity of camping and RV holidays in the UK – more than 9.8 million Brits took caravan trips in 2017 – it’s no stretch to conclude that cooking and eating together by the fire is a big part of the appeal. The question is what are the best meals to cook?

While cooking delicious dishes while you’re camping may seem like a lot of work, there are actually all kinds of delicious, low fuss camping recipes you can try. Whether you’ve got a quality camping stove or you’re cooking on the flames, you can create nutritious meals that will leave you full, satisfied and proud of what you’ve dished up.

At Camplify, we want you to immerse yourself in the full camping experience - and that includes some classic campfire cooking. From Chicken and Black Bean Nachos to Tuscan White Bean Stew, we’ve got you covered with our range of (relatively easy) camping recipes below.

Chorizo Mac and Cheese

Equipment Needed: Skillet, pot, strainer sharp knife.
Great With: White wine fans tend to enjoy a Chardonnay with a mac and cheese, but those partial to red might find that a Merlot pairs well with the chorizo.

  • 400g Macaroni
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 250g vintage cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 150g chorizo (diced)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook it:
  1. Bring a pot of water to the boil and cook the macaroni until al dente. Set aside with a drizzle of oil to keep the pasta loose.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add milk and slowly whisk in the flour until the sauce thickens and then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir in the macaroni and chorizo, then add ¾ of the grated cheese. Cover and cook for 5 minutes before adding the rest of the cheese and leaving it to melt.

Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Serves: 6
Equipment Needed: Sharp knife, skillet or grill-pan, campfire grill or camp stove.
Great With: Mexican food is compatible with all kinds of beverages, so try a mojito, a hoppy beer like an IPA, or a gutsy Sauvignon Blanc.

  • 3 ½ cups shredded roast chicken
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • ½ small brown onion (diced)
  • 1 cup corn kernels (canned or cut off the cob)
  • 1 x 400g can black beans (rinsed)
  • 350g cheese (grated)
  • 250g corn chips / tortilla chips
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro / coriander and lime wedges for garnish

Cook it:
  1. Toss together chicken, enchilada sauce, onion, corn, beans and ¾ of the cheese in a bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Prepare six 30cm squares of foil.
  4. Place 1/6 of the chips, chicken and sauce mixture, and then remaining cheese on the foil squares.
  5. Fold each of the packets and crimp sealed.
  6. Grill packets over campfire or stove until cheese is melted and ingredients are heated through.
  7. Top with cilantro / coriander and serve with lime wedges for squeezing.

Campfire Cones (Desert)

Serves: 5
Equipment Needed: Foil.
Great With: Mulled wine or cider.

  • 10 Pack of waffle cones
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Bananas

Cook it:
  1. Chop your bananas into small chunks
  2. Spread some peanut butter on the inside of a cone
  3. Fill the cone with banana chunks, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.
  4. Wrap the cone in foil and cook it over hot coals. 

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Foil Packet Shrimp Scampi

Serves: 4
Equipment Needed: Skillet or grill-pan, campfire grill or camp stove.
Difficulty: 3/5
Great With: Shrimp is always good with a nice sauvignon blanc.

  • Olive oil spray
  • 700g shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp dry white wine
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 lemon – zested and juiced
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (crushed if possible)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley for garnish

Cook it:
  1. Preheat the cooking surface over high heat.
  2. Combine shrimp, thyme, rosemary, red pepper flakes, garlic, wine, lemon juice, lemon zest in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cut foil into sheets, divide mixture into equal portions and add to centre of each foil square in a single layer.
  4. Add dollops of butter evenly over each portion.
  5. Fold up each foil packet, sealing them closed.
  6. Place foil packets onto cooking surface until cooked through (usually 10-12 minutes).

Tuscan White Bean Stew (Vegan)

Serves: 4
Equipment Needed: Skillet, sharp knife, chopping board, camping stove or campfire grill.
Difficulty: 2/5
Great With: Italian wines like Chiantis.

  • Olive oil
  • 2 x 200g cans Cannellini beans
  • 2/3 cup sundried tomatoes (drained and chopped)
  • 200g mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 ½ cups brown onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 x 200g cans diced tomatoes (fire roasted if available)
  • 1 x 200g can artichoke hearts (quartered)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Crusty bread to serve.

Cook it:
  1. Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat (during cooking, add more oil as necessary)
  2. Add the mushrooms to the pan and brown, transferring to a bowl when cooked.
  3. Add onions and sauté, then add garlic and sundried tomatoes and cook until softened.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, beans, artichoke hearts, oregano, thyme, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cover the pan and turn the heat down to medium. Cook for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Return the mushrooms to the pan and heat.
  7. Garnish with the parsley and serve with slices of crusty bread to soak up all that saucy goodness.

BBQ Iron Pizza Pockets (Vegetarian optional)

Serves: Easily adapted for however many serves required.
Equipment Needed: BBQ iron / campfire sandwich toaster, sharp knife.
Difficulty: 1/5
Great With: Pizza and beer are a match made in heaven, but pale ales are a particularly good pairing.

  • Olive oil spray
  • Pizza dough (or large flatbread / tortillas if dough isn’t available)
  • Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • Pizza sauce / tomato paste
  • Any pizza ingredients you can think of (we suggest pepperoni and dried basil, but vegetarians might go with sundried tomatoes and artichokes, etc.)

Cook it:
  1. Spray the BBQ iron with olive oil
  2. Roll out the pizza dough and divide into rectangles, forming a top and bottom to the pizza pocket. If using flatbread / tortillas, cut or fold to size.
  3. Lay out one side of the dough or flatbread onto the BBQ iron and fill with toppings
  4. Close the cooker and cook it over the fire for 5-10 minutes, turning regularly
  5. If using dough, check periodically to ensure that it’s cooking.
  6. Once cooked to your tastes, pop it out and enjoy.

All the best moments are shared when you gather your friends or family around a campfire and throw a hearty campfire meal into the mix. Hopefully these recipes prove that cooking impressive food while camping doesn’t have to be a monumental task, so get outdoors and give it a go. If you don’t already have your own RV, check out Camplify to find your perfect camping experience.

So, what is Camplify? 

We are the UK’s largest caravan & motorhome RV sharing community, helping connect thousands of holidaymakers with RV owners. 

What does that mean?

Essentially, we provide a unique sharing service where owners of caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, and campervans list their RV for hire while not in use. As an owner, this enables you to earn over £10,000 each year instead of having your RV just sitting around while you’re not using it. 

As a holidaymaker, Camplify helps you find an RV that is perfect for you so you can experience the joys of caravanning - without having to own one yourself. 

Interested? Learn more about Camplify here >

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