Camping Season means Camping Food!

This past weekend was the official start to niceness and the start of camping season.  We love camping and never seem to do as much as we would like to, but this year we are determined to get out more and we started it off right with good friends.

We have always been a tent family, and this past fall we were given (yes, given) a pop-up camper but since there is a little bit we need to do before it is ready to be used we will continue to use our tent. Which is fine by me!  




We went to a campsite that was only about 40 minutes from our house, Otter Creek Campground, which is located near the Susquehanna River.  We hiked, fished, and just hung out…the perfect relaxing weekend.

The planning for the trip consisted of my friend Gracie and I planning food and the boys taking care of packing. Since they were off Friday, they were able to go to the campground before we came up with all the kids. So all we had to do was show up with subs and the camp was already set up for us when we arrived.

The menu consisted of breakfast burritos, mountain pie iron tacos & pizzas, grilled BBQ chicken, veggies, hamburgers and hot dogs, and various snacks and munchies. Don’t forget the S’mores! Since I was the only one gluten-free, I did make a GF variation.  We prepared as much as possible ahead of time, and froze as much as we could.

Gracie cut up zucchini, squash and onions and froze in a large bag, same with potatoes.  The chicken was tossed with a favorite BBQ sauce and also frozen in a large bag.  I prepared the hamburgers, by just adding a little steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and olive oil and formed into patties, and froze.

 

Camping Breakfast Burritos
10 flour tortillas, burrito size (I also used GF Brown
Rice Tortillas)
20 eggs
1-1/2 pounds breakfast sausage (I used Turkey)
1 to 1-1/2 pounds frozen hash browns (about one bag, give
or take)
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Before the trip:
Scramble the eggs, and set aside to cool.  I like to add salt and pepper and a little milk to my eggs, but feel free to make them however you prefer your scrambled eggs.
Break up and brown the sausage in a large skillet, you can also cheat and buy sausage crumbles (I do this often, and this would use two bags.) Set aside.
Brown the hash browns, and set aside to cool.
Assemble the burritos, lay out the tortilla, layer the eggs, sausage and potatoes, sprinkle with cheese and wrap tightly in HEAVY DUTY foil. Prepare all the burritos and put in a bag to freeze.  (Freezing helps with keeping your cooler cold so you use less ice, and helps keep the burritos from cooking too quickly.)
At the Campsite:
Once you are ready to cook your burritos, I simply place the wrapped burritos directly on the hot embers/coals. If you would prefer not to cook in the fire, go ahead and use the grill.  You will cook until they are warmed all the way though. It may take a few times checking depending on how much heat you have.  But, make sure you rotate them so the outside doesn’t get too burnt.
Mountain Pie Iron Tacos
1 pound ground beef
2 tbsp homemade taco seasoning (recipe follows)
2/3 cup salsa
1/4 cup water
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Corn tortillas or white bread
Before the trip:
In a large skillet, brown the beef.  Once cooked drain off the fat, return to the skillet and add the seasoning, water and salsa. Let simmer until all the liquid is absorbed.  Set aside to cool completely.
Once cool, fill plastic baggies with about 2/3 cup of the taco beef.  (This will fill about 6-7 bags.)  Seal tightly and freeze.
At the Campsite:
In your mountain pie iron, lay one tortilla or slice of bread on one side of the iron, place the taco beef, and cheese on top, lay another tortilla or slice of bread on top. Close the iron and place directly in the fire.  Keep an eye on it and check it every once and while to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (add more if you would like it spicy)
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1.5 tsp ground cumin
1/2 to 1 tsp salt (more or less to taste)
1 tsp black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake. Store in the airtight jar.




Mountain Pie Iron Pizzas
2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
1 Jar Pizza Sauce
1 package Pepperoni Slices
Bread (or Corn Tortillas)
 
These are all made onsite, just add everything to your iron and place in the fire. Simple, Simple!

 

You could add any thing to your irons, just place between bread or tortillas, you can go sweet or savory.  We also just did turkey/ham and cheese sandwiches.  I even added my hamburger to one with the cheese and used corn tortillas. 




If you are interested in getting a mountain pie iron, you can get them at most big box stores or even hardware stores but I would try to find ones made of cast iron.
 
{Gracie is a photographer, so some of the images are hers…so check out her website and/or facebook page, Gracie Jane Photography}
 
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