Sunday, September 16, 2012

Invoke Your Inner Girl Scout Campfire Skills

By Melody
It's September -- perfect weather for sitting by a nice fire pit, visting with friends and family, renditions of Kumbaya (well maybe not so much), and cozying up next to that honey of yours in your favorite hoodie. 

If you're not a stranger to a camp fire, you're probably a pro at cooking up the perfect toasted marshmallow.  And, if you're feeling crazy, you accompany a graham cracker and piece of chocolate with that mallow -- and you've got yourself a nice, wholesome s'more!  But, for some of us, we're looking for something new to spice things up.

The fam and I headed to Swede Point this weekend with the ol' camper.  I thought this would be the perfect weekend to test out some of the camp fire foods I had found while snooping around the blogs this past week.  We had some that fell a bit flat, some that were good, and some that were stellar!!

  • Banana
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Crushed Walnuts
Slit the banana peel down the concave (inside) curve of the banana.  Stuff the banana with marshmallow, chocolate chips, and nuts.  You kind of have to press them in, and the banana will look like it's bursting.  Then, wrap it with tin foil, and place it in the fire pit of hot coals for about five-ten minutes. 
The end product looked okay, but the taste was pretty flat.  I enjoyed the mallows, chocolate and nuts; but not the banana part.  It tasted mushy, and quite frankly, the only time I like warm banana taste is when it's baked in bread.  If I wanna eat a mushy tasting banana, I'll eat the black ones that always seem to make their way to my kitchen counter as soon as they arrive home from the grocery store. 

  • Apple
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Crushed Walnutes
Core the apple.  Peel the apple.  The recipe says to keep the apple whole, but I think next time I'll slice it up.  Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar on the outside and inside of apple.  Stuff nuts in the center of the apple.  Wrap the apple in tin foil, and throw on the camp fire coals for ten or so minutes. 
When this was finished, it tasted like we were eating the inside of an apple pie -- DELICIOUS!! 
  • Large marshmallows
  • Hershey's chocolate syrup
  • Crushed Nuts, oreos, m&ms, or any other sweet treat crushed up
Roast marshmallows. 
Then dip into a bowl filled with chocolate syrup, and then dip into your crushed nuts (or other sweet treat). 
This was a hit for the kids.  And, it was something a bit different from the regular s'more.  We used plastic forks in order to make it easier (and les messier) to dip and eat. 
  • 1 pound Shredded potatoes (thawed)
  • 6 oz sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Bacon Bits (optional)
  • Whatever Else You'd like to Add to this Mixture
Combine everything together in a big bowl.  Be creative with measurements and determine what works with the rest of everything else you've adde.  Pour the mixture onto some aluminum foil, and wrap it up.  Throw it on the coals for about 15 minutes, and when done you'll have a great side-dish for any meal. 
  • Pie Crust
  • Pie Filling (or chocolate chips, marshmallows, etc.)
  • PAM Spray
Spray the cooker with PAM.  Tear off some pie crust, and press it into both sides of cooker.  Add about three tablespoons of filling. 
Then, place on the campfire for a couple minutes.  Flip the cooker, and cook for another minute or so. Check to see how the pie crust looks, and then determine if it's ready to take off the fire.  The crust should be a nice golden brown.
These were absolutey delicious, and tasted something like a Toaster Streudal, only much, MUCH better!!  Loved 'em!  Even the hubby got excited about this one, and he usually doesn't stray too far from his normal camping staples for food.  

Hope you enjoy these, and please let me know how they go, and if you have any tips for improving these recipes.  I've kind of put my special touch on each in order to make them easy and less time-consuming. 

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