Camping Gourmet: Dining Al Fresco
When I spotted the Lauro Kitchen’s recipe for Mussels in Cataplana in FoodDay this summer, I knew it had all of the ingredients for the perfect camping meal. I clipped out the recipe hoping to use it on our second camping expedition this summer, but it wasn’t in the cards. Meal prep for camping doesn’t require all that much preparation, but I wasn’t organized enough to create the meal on the fly. We settled for salmon and pork chops instead.
Fast forward to this past weekend, and I seized the opportunity to test it out. The night before our trip to Nehalem Bay, I cooked up the chorizo and veggies to make the sauce hoping that letting it sit overnight would give the flavors some time meld together. That, and the fact that assembly at dinner time would be much easier. At camp the next evening, I layered the sauce and some steamer clams in an aluminum pan, wrapped it in more foil and placed it over our fire. We used steamer clams since it was the only thing available on the coast. The result? We paired it with a loaf of bread, a salad and some wine, and were amazed at how delicious and ridiculously easy it was to cook over the campfire.
Who cares that your tent is full of dirt and sand, or that the kids are covered in from head to toe in the great outdoors? Eating and drinking under a canopy of trees in the fresh air cannot be beat, and when you’re eating well, it makes camping that much better. The next evening JJ and I used our spare aluminum pan for sausages, peppers and onions. We chopped up two packages of mango chicken sausage from Trader Joes, a couple of bell peppers, and a medium sized onion. We wrapped it in more foil, and cooked it over the grill until the onions and peppers reduced down nicely. Voila! We had a second incredible meal that took little effort.
I’m sure there are many camping gourmets out there. We want to know what are some of your favorite camping recipes? Any meals that are sure to please and impress fellow campers? Anyone with a homey stew recipe that will sure to warm our bellies on our next camping trip?