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Creative meals to make over the campfire

Labor Day weekend is one of the most popular times to go camping—everyone wants to fit in one last weekend in the outdoors before the leaves and temperatures drop.

If you’re spending your weekend in the outdoors, you have likely booked your campsite, or at least know where you’re going. But do you know what you will eat all weekend? With only a campfire to serve as your regular kitchen appliances, many think of hotdogs and brats, s’mores, and maybe even the aluminum foil Jiffy Pop popcorn to get them through.

However, you don’t have to limit yourself to these camping staples—there’s so much more that you can do with a flame! We’ve looked up some recipes, and even reached out to our employees to see what they cook over the fire.

Robert at our Madison, Wis. office, says that he used to make “Pudgie Pies” when he camped – sandwiches warmed up over the campfire in a pie iron. The staples are bread and butter, and the rest is up to you. Robert recommends filling them with pie filling for a tasty dessert, or pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and toppings for a pizza pocket.

DeAnne, also in Madison, recommends dessert wontons which require a hot fryer placed over the campfire. These are best made with premade wonton wrappers with any filling and a sugar and cinnamon mixture. Place a spoonful of filling into the center of the wrapper, fold in half, and place into the hot fryer (with boiling vegetable oil) over the fryer. Once cooked, remove from the oil and place into a metal bowl lined with paper to absorb the oil. Lastly, place the wontons into another metal bowl to coat with the sugar mixture.

Foil-packed meals, according to Marie, in Contoocook, N.H., are another way to reach endless possibilities around the fire. From grilled chicken and steaks, to potatoes and vegetables, it is easy to have a well-rounded meal in the woods. Marie says one of her favorites is a grilled banana boat with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and nuts.

Orange cakes were one of the most unique recipes we found online (thanks, Eureka!) and one that only takes a few ingredients. All it takes is a cake mix, oranges, tin foil, and a mixing bowl. Finding the perfect cake mix is left to your judgment, but it is recommended to use one with the least amount of added ingredients. Next, carve an opening in the top of an orange and remove the fruit inside. After mixing the cake mix, fill the orange rinds about 2/3 high, wrap in tinfoil, and place over the fire.

 

How about a few more?

  • Dinty Moore Beef Stew and Cubano sandwiches in a pudgie pie for dinner.
  • Premade breakfast burritos wrapped in foil—just throw on the fire pit to warm up.
  • Half of a pita, pizza crust, or naan with pizza toppings on top. The wood-fired smokiness adds amazing flavor!
  • Bacon-wrapped onion bombs.

What are some of your favorite campfire recipes?

About Missy Kellor

Missy works on the Corporate Communications team and reports stories to TDS employees and customers. This is right up her alley because she’s an extrovert and also a big fan of research (really, she’ll look up just about anything that strikes her interest). Missy is a native of Madison, Wis. with an undergraduate in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest in the Internet as a mass media shaped her work towards a PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s also worked as an editorial assistant, copywriter, and production artist. In her off hours, Missy is a crafter, Pinterest addict, reader, wife, and mom of two kids. You can find Missy on G+ and on Twitter.
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