August 2021

5 Little-Known Camping Recipes that go Far Beyond Hot Dogs

Camping and roadtrips are a Canadian rite of passage — and being prepared will help make it the most enjoyable experience possible. When it comes to tackling your summer plans with confidence, Everything Awaits you at Canadian Tire. From roadtrip checklists to out-of-the-box camping meal ideas, we’ve got you covered as you count down to the weekends.

When you think of camping meals, the first things that probably come to mind are burgers, hot dogs and ooey gooey S’mores.

The quintessential camping menu has its merits, but why not diversify with recipes that will take your camping experience to the next level While prepping for your next camping adventure, consider some new flavours and recipes that you never thought you could achieve outside of your kitchen.

 Keep in mind that more complex recipes may require a few more cooking utensils. A quality camping stove is a must and a roomy cooler is also non-negotiable. At the end of day, cooking by the fire is supposed to be an enjoyable part of the camping experience so have fun trying these out of the box recipes that are worth the extra effort.

1. Seafood boil foil packets

Foil packets are perfect camping recipes because they’re easy to assemble and there’s little to no clean up. For a Cajun-inspired flavour bomb, try this Shrimp Boil Foil Packet on your next camping trip.

As the recipe states, it’s important to include ingredients that cook at the same rate. While potatoes are a popular seafood boil ingredient, they cook slowly so you would need to pre-boil them before adding them to the packet.

Assemble all your ingredients and seasonings into a pack lined with parchment paper and foil. Wrap and seal the package so the juices don’t leak and cook for 8-10 minutes. 

2. Campfire pizza

Pizza might seem like a recipe you’d rather leave at home, but it can be surprisingly easy to achieve even in the great outdoors. Store bought dough is completely acceptable, if not preferred, when going camping. You’ll also want to cook your pizza in a cast iron skillet. We recommend the Woods™ Cast Iron Camping Pan, 12-in, which will make you a medium sized pizza.

The trick to campfire pizza is cooking the crust first. Once you’ve assembled the dough into your skillet, let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes and flip it over. Add your toppings, cheese and sauce and let it cook for another 8 to 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

3. Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a versatile dish that could be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Middle Eastern and North African dish has become extremely trendy in recent years and can be easily adapted for campfire cooking.

Again, you’ll want to utilize your cast iron skillet for this recipe. Start by cooking your peppers, onions, garlic and a large can of crushed tomatoes. Toss in your spices, including a generous helping of paprika and cumin and let the sauce thicken. Crack several fresh eggs on top of the mixture and let them poach for about 5 to 7 minutes.

Serve it to your very happy customers with grilled pita, naan or just good old fashion crusty bread.

4. Bannock

Speaking of bread, Bannock could be classified as the original campfire bread. It’s a traditional North American flatbread made by Indigenous families. You can choose to bake or fry bannock but either way, it’s absolutely delicious and perfect served with a saucy main dish like Shakshuka.

Bannock doesn’t require any leavening agent and a basic recipe consists of only a few ingredients, which makes it a great low maintenance recipe for camping.

You’ll need a frying pan and a large bowl to combine your ingredients. The Woods™ Viand Camp Pot Set, 4-pc is a great outdoor cooking set that includes three heavy gauge stainless steel pots and a frying pan. One of the pots can do double duty as a mixing bowl for this recipe.

5. Skillet peach cobbler

S’mores may reign supreme as the camping dessert of choice, but if you’re looking for a challenge, consider a skillet peach-blackberry cobbler you can make on top of hot coals.

The cake mix can be prepared ahead of time to make the process less time-consuming, but the peach bourbon filling should be made fresh on the day. You’ll need a Dutch oven or a large and deep cast iron skillet for best possible results. The recipe recommends a 7-qt dish like the Lagostina Tuscan Collection Round Casserole Dish, 7-qt.

Once you’ve combined your pre-made cake mix, wet ingredients, peaches and berries, pour the batter into a foil lined dutch oven for easy clean up. Let your cake bake on hot coals and enjoy the fruits of your labour with whipped cream or yogurt.

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