Guest Post by Veronica Sarber

There is something about camping food that hits all the right spots. The hearty and wholesome meals bring comfort on rainy campsite days and a warm, satisfying fullness on the hot days. Here are three easy-to-make camping recipes that everyone will absolutely love. 

3 Dutch Oven Recipes

If you are a regular at the campground, you will know that a camping dutch oven is a must-have. It makes cooking in the wilderness easy; from bread to pot roasts, there are very few things you cannot make in this classic cookware. 

It is always best to have more than one on hand just in case you would like to make something sweet for an after-dinner treat. Cast iron dutch ovens are easy to clean and can withstand taking a tumble on the rugged terrain. 

Coq au Vin

Ingredients:

  • 1lb cremini mushrooms
  • 4 – 6 chicken thighs 
  • 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  •  4 garlic cloves, crushed
  •  3 carrots, diced
  •  3 cups of dry red wine 
  •  6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  •  2 bay leaves
  •  2 cups chicken broth

Method

Prepare your fire; the coals should be able to reach about 350F. 

Place the camping dutch oven over 10 hot coals, seal and sear seasoned chicken thighs with a bit of olive oil, cook until the thighs are lightly browned. Add thinly sliced onions and mushrooms to the dutch oven. 

Stir regularly, add all-purpose flour to the dutch oven, and tomato paste. Add the crushed garlic, diced carrots. Pour in red wine, bay leaves, thyme, and simmer for 3 minutes. Carefully add the chicken broth into the dutch oven and stir well. 

Cover with the lid, place 6 coals on top, and let it roast in the pot for 1 hour. 

Serve the tender Coq au Vin on a bed of mashed potatoes. 

Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 lb pasta, macaroni, or any kind you prefer 
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4–5 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Method:

Place the dutch oven over 10 – 12 coals. Melt the butter in the dutch oven and add the flour, stir until well combined—Cook the butter and flour mixture for one minute. Whisk in the milk and water slowly, make sure there are no lumps in the mixture.

Add the salt, garlic powder, and pasta to the liquid. Stir well and bring to a simmer. Cover and allow the pasta to cook for 5- 7 minutes; it should be a little underdone. Stir in the cheddar cheese bit by bit. Make sure you combine it properly. Cover and allow to cook for a few more minutes. Test to check the readiness of the pasta; if it is not cooked, stir the mac and cheese, cover the dutch oven, and cook for a few more minutes. 

Serve while hot sprinkled with freshly chopped chives. 

Dutch Oven Apple And Peach Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 1 lb apples 
  • 1/2 lb peaches
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup milk 

Method:

Prepare the fire, set aside 21 coals for the cobbler, place a piece of parchment paper in the dutch oven. 

The Filling:

Core the apples and peaches, remove any pits and seeds. Slice the fruit into even slices. Layer the fruit pieces in the dutch oven, sprinkle cinnamon sugar over each layer. 

The Topping:

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut the cold butter pieces into the flour with a butter knife. With your fingers, rub the mixture together; try not you use your palms. Slowly add in a bit of milk until the mixture comes together to form a dough. 

Break pieces of dough off, and place them onto the fruit. Make sure you spread them out evenly across the filling. 

Cover with the lid, set the dutch oven on top of 7 coals, and place 10 coals on top of the lid. Leave the cobbler to cook for 30 – 40 minutes; the temperature should cook the cobbler low and slow. 

Remove from heat, and serve while hot with a side of custard or with fresh cream. 

Other Tantalizing Comfort Food Meals

Dutch ovens are ideal for pot roasts; the perfect camping trip meal; they are full of veggies; cook the chicken and the veg in one pot for the most flavoursome vegetables. Next time try braised pork shoulder and tender french veg! 

Dutch ovens are outdoor slow cookers; they are perfect for any meal you can think of, stews, Mexican chili, or even creamy pasta. Your family will LOVE camping dinners and might ask for them at home. 

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