With the recent hurricanes and loss of power for millions of people, I am reminded of a few years ago when a friend of mine got caught without power for several days.
The weather, after the tornado passed that had caused the power damage, was beautiful enough that they were able to stay in their home. The problem was being able to eat. I asked if they had gone out to eat and she replied: “Oh no, we used the grill and cooked out every meal.”
What a great idea! This post is for those who love to camp, love to cook on the grill, or in worse case scenario, need to cook outside because of necessity.
Delicious Campfire Recipes
1. Campfire Cinnamon Roll Ups
If you think the blackout might be temporary, then do your best to refrain from opening your refrigerator. If you think it will be longer, then move all your cold goods to a cooler and use it as soon as possible.
For breakfast or a yummy dessert, this cinnamon roll would be a creative way to use the crescent rolls that you don't want to go bad. Simply wrap them around the skewers, roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture, and cook over the fire for five or so minutes. You should be able to tell when the rolls are finished.
More in-depth details are provided by Jordyn over at Almost Super Mom.
2. Campfire Donuts
This is a recipe I actually make when the electricity is on at my house. I first found the recipe while reading Paula Deen's autobiography. I tried it and my daughters loved it. We make it on a regular basis during the cooler months.
Super easy to make, this one also requires the use of canned biscuits. Simply heat your oil, use your thumb to pop out the center of the biscuit dough and deep fry. Dip in cinnamon sugar afterward and enjoy.
There are some beautiful pictures and a more detailed description given over at Must Have Mom.
3. Breakfast Burritos
I love my bread but after a while, my stomach starts to get sour from them. I guess it's the benefit of getting older. Either way, this one might have some carbohydrates in it but it adds the meat factor to it as well.
I think the author, Deborah, made the recipe inside first based on the pan she used; however, this could easily be adaptable – just make the ingredients in a cast iron over the fire instead of a traditional pan on a stove. Simple enough!
To read the details of how she created this recipe, go to Taste and Tell Blog.
4. Breakfast in a Bag
Maybe you are the type who hasn't bought a cast iron pan yet. Oops! Time to change that. For the situation, though, I get you are stressed and probably don't want to go out and get anything so here is a great recipe that does not require the use of a cast iron.
If you do have a cast iron pan, I still recommend this one. Want to know why? Because… you don't have to do cooking dishes! Instead, throw it away and you're good to go. Silverware sure seems like a piece of cake compared to a greasy, sticky cast iron recipe.
Instead, the recipe recommends you have a paper bag lined with bacon and then an egg (and cheese) on top. Once the meat is cooked, simply rip the bag and enjoy!
The recipe in more detail is found here.
5. Campfire French Toast
Let's be honest here, I absolutely adore french toast. Add to that the thought of a campfire, a cup of coffee, and hopefully a chilly morning. If you add a scenic camping backdrop, that adds the icing to the cake. Dare I say, it sounds like perfection to me.
The addition of the pecans and strawberries adds to the yumminess of this recipe. I think the recipe calls for some powdered sugar or homemade maple syrup on top.
To see the recipe in its entirety – check here.
6. Toasted Oatmeal
Another one to blame on my Yankee roots but I love oatmeal. It is one of those soul foods to me. Adding in maple syrup and fruit makes it even more perfect.
This recipe says that it is vegan and that's okay, I can make the adjustments. I would add butter if I felt it was needed, and if it is too hot when I'm ready to dig in, then I will add a bit of milk.
For the complete recipe, go to seriouseats.com
7. Campfire Mac ‘n Cheese
This one is for my oldest daughter. She absolutely loves macaroni and cheese.
With this one, you will have to make the accommodations of boiling your water over the campfire in order to get the soft noodles, then putting the rest of the recipe together, and finishing it off on the grill.
Either way though, I think this recipe would totally be worth it. If you agree, check it out here.
8. Campfire Pizza Nachos
Pizza and nachos in one? Sounds like a winner to me. Adults and children alike would love this one.
My family would take out the olives but that's what cooking is all about – adding what you love to a recipe, subtracting what isn't for you and wa-la! It's the perfect meal.
I think the best part of this recipe is the cheese and the pepperonis. It simply sounds delicious. To make your own pizza nachos, head on over to Cooking with Janica.
9. Campfire Philly Cheesesteak
I think sandwiches are the way to go with lunches and Philly Cheesesteaks are one of my favorites, especially if you can get some dipping sauce.
My husband prefers the brown gravy and I prefer au jus sauce. The great thing is that both of these could be made over the firepit or grill.
Filled with gooey cheese and deliciously savory roast beef, all I can say is Yum! I'm drooling already and planning to add it to my menu in the next few weeks. Afterall, I am only going to share them if I would eat them as well.
In order to check the recipe out in more detail, check out twin dragonfly designs!
10. Garlic Grilled Chicken
The beauty of the seared chicken is almost as good as the taste. With this recipe, it is important to let the rub sit on the chicken for a little bit before it cooks. The longer it sits, the more flavor you will get.
When it comes to meat, I prefer garlic and Italian flavors over spicy any day. I know, I know… that's so un-southern of me. We can blame it on my Southern Illinois roots.
Combine it with green beans, potato salad, and some sweet tea and we have another delicious meal. Agree? Check out more over at Coffee, Love, Travel.
11. Easy Hobo Dinner
This recipe is great for if you are running low on food or have a picky eater. You can add or subtract anything you'd like. I love hamburger and find Amber's recipe to be easy and satisfying for what it is.
Also, I have stopped liking corn but if I do eat it, I always combine it with potatoes. Add in the onions and this could easily be a satisfying meal that would help me to forget the taste of the corn!
Almost like a soul food kind of meal, I highly recommend the hobo dinner.
12. For the Vegetarian (or those without meat in a storm, or as a side)
I swear, grilled onions are like God's gift to mankind. I feel similarly about peppers. So this one's a winner for me.
There is always the possibility that you may run out of meat or the meat may go bad if you are in a storm that causes major power outages.
We were not home when the tornado on December 26, 2015 happened but it occurred less than a mile from our home. We lost a popup tent and an entire freezer full of meat. The reason why we lost the meat was that the tornado happened on a Saturday and we didn't get back to Texas until Tuesday morning. When we got there, the power had been on for only about two hours.
I am not complaining and truly believe we were very lucky. But that's how quickly meat will go bad. Having a delicious alternative is always a good idea.
So, head over to Vegan Yack Attack and enjoy some grilled onions on me!
13. Campfire Street Corn
I had never had street corn until I moved to Texas. If you haven't ever had it, I highly recommend it. You grill the corn and then add yummy add-ons such as butter, chili powder, Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise and whatever else your corn heart desires.
If you can't have it from Trader's Village in Houston or Dallas, make your own. Recipe here.
14. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This is such an easy recipe to make, using already made pound cake. She also suggests that you can use cake donuts or donut holes.
My husband adores pineapples and buys them at the store in the produce section instead of as a canned item. He cuts the edges and can easily eat the whole thing himself.
I think I might make this over the weekend! If you are a pineapple lover like my husband, head over to Echoes of Laughter and find the recipe for yourself.
Just be sure to save me a bite.
15. Campfire Banana Boats
This is similar to a recipe I made when I was losing weight a few years back. I would make this for dessert, except instead of grilling it, I would bake it in the oven.
Wrapping it in the tin foil allows you to cook this yummy, and yet healthy, treat either in the kitchen or outside.
An added benefit is that healthy or not, it is still kid friendly. To see more about the mom who created this awesomeness for her blog, check out Suburble.
16. Candy Loaded Brownies
I probably wouldn't put all the candy on here but this is a delicious sweet treat that is the opposite of the previous recipe. For the people that want a true dessert, one that might give you diabetes, this is it.
And over a campfire? I would say start it early and finish it off by the time the night stars are out. Add a scoop of ice cream if it is still warm outside. Delicious.
Thank you to Kids' Activity Blog for coming up with this delicious recipe.
17. BBQ'd Apple Crisp
Yum, yum, yum. The perfect fall treat. This is another one that could be made and a dollop of ice cream added to the top in order to add to the perfection and making it that much better.
Where I live there are two times during the year that you can go camping – mid-September until the end of October and mid-March to the end of April. Between those roughly three months don't even attempt it, it's either too hot or too cold.
Needless to say, we will be camping very soon and this recipe is one that I will be bringing ingredients for. Thankfully it doesn't take much. The topping can be pre-made and packed in its own reusable container.
For more on this recipe – check out Cooking with Jax.
If you are the type who likes to cook outside, then I hope this recipe list has helped you come up with some cool and interesting new ideas to try.
If you are going through a rough patch, just know – I've been there. These recipes are here mainly for you – so that way you have a place to turn to for recipes and ideas to help you weather the weather, both literally and figuratively.
Keep an eye out as we cover more topics like this in the weeks and months to come. As always, stay strong!