GREAT CAMP RECIPES
The question that most campers should ask themselves is, why would you spend so much time preparing great meals at home, and then turn around and serve anything less when camping. Stated differently, would you serve the same meals at home that you serve while camping?
I suppose not everyone will answer these questions the same, but for us, we believe that there is no reason why camp meals should not be as great as those we have at home, and that has been the way we approach all of our trips. So, in the end, it is not a matter of how quickly a meal can be prepared, but how creative and carefully we plan for really good eats.
Meal prep and meal time is is not just about great food (although that is really important.) In addition, there is a social component to this time. A good analogy, and one that makes this point, is something we find in most homes today - the kitchen is a central gathering place when guests are present. At camp, the same is true, and having several helping hands as well as dinner guests, who are all present while the meal is prepared, makes for a great experience.
And, while we are on the topic of the social benefits of group participation, I need to emphasize that all the things I mention above, hold true for appetizers, morning coffee, wine tasting, and after dinner drinks and deserts. Good food should go with good friends!!!
DTK's Take on Camp Meals
This will come as no surprise to those who have listened to our nets or those who travel with us on our various camping trips. My preferred method of preparing camp dinner meals is the pressure cooker. Recently, I had to replace my very well used Fagor Pressure cooker and was disappointed to find that the company was out of business. So, the search began, and ended quickly when I discovered the Cuisinart pressure cooker. Here is why I rely on the pressure cooker:
- The entire meal can be prepared in one pot
- the pressure cooker is not affected by altitude
- since the pot is sealed, more of the nutrients remain in the food
- the pressure used to cook also infuses great flavor to the food
- meals can be fully cooked in a fraction of the time by other methods, (saves fuel)
- meals are served piping hot (especially appreciated when the weather turns cold)
1. Chicken Adobo (Pressure Cooker)
- the pressure cooker takes up no more room that any other pot
This one is my favorite, and a favorite of many of our camping friends. This meal is an exception to my "one pot" comment, above, but only if you prepare the meal with my favorite side - rice. Sides can also include slices of avocado, tortillas, or fruit. The ingredient list is simple, but it is the pressure cooker which gives this meal much of its very flavorful appeal. Time permitting, there is a story that goes along with this dish, but for now, the ingredients:
2. Beef Stroganoff (Pressure Cooker)
- chicken (thighs are best)
This meal may share the top spot in my list of favorite camp meals. With a good glass of red wine, this one can't be beat!!! For those with a camp oven, you are well advised to add biscuits, with butter, to make a wonderful addition to this meal. Ingredients:
3. Eggs Benedict
- beef (preferably filet, and from Trader Joes)
This meal is an extraordinary breakfast treat, and it is best prepared with two chefs, working together. The ingredients are simple, and each chef can add the extras as he sees fit:
4. Chicken Acapulco.
I haven't tried this one YET, but the ingredients so fascinated me that it will (I think) become a favorite.
There Is No Shortage of Pressure Cooker Recipes: