It’s almost time for the camping season. Whether you’re camping in a tent, RV, or hunting with high-end hunting monoculars, there are very few better ways to experience the lovely weather than to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Cooking a perfect campfire dinner and roasting marshmallows are two of our favorite things to do at the end of the day after a long day of exploring the wilderness.

Take a look here if you’re seeking a little bit of excitement for your next camping trip! Here are three of the best camping dinner recipes, as recommended by seasoned campers!

 

Foil-Packet Potatoes and Sausage

To make the shrimp boil into different parties, foil packs are the best way to go. It’s the best of both worlds: all the things you love with a lot less effort.

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 packages smoked sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3 pounds of red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Direction

  1. Prepare your campfire for medium heat. Toss the potatoes in a bowl with the sausage, bacon, bacon, onion, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  2. Contents should be divided evenly among eight 18×12-in. sheets of heavy-duty nonstick foil, with being placed on the bland side of the foil. Seal the potato mixture with folded foil.
  3. Grill or campfire packets for 15 minutes on each side, or until potatoes are fork-tender. Carefully open the packs to let the steam out. Add more fresh parsley if needed.

 

Dutch Oven Chicken Marbella

This dinner recipe for Chicken Marbella in a Dutch oven provides a “fine dining” campfire sensation without any of the efforts.

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs, skin on
  • 1 cup chopped prunes
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup olives, pitted & halved
  • ¼ cup capers
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Direction

  • In a freezer bag, marinate all components, excluding the oil and brown sugar.
  • Make a flat stack of coals and put the Dutch oven on top of them once they’re all ready. For browning, this will provide the necessary high heat.
  • In a Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Using a pastry brush, brush the skin side of each thigh with 1 teaspoon brown sugar. Over high heat, cook the thighs skin-side down for about 6-8 minutes. 2 minutes on the other side.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. In a Dutch oven, combine all the ingredients for the marinade (including the liquid), then seal the pot. Put the Dutch oven on a layer of 9 coals and put the 18 coals uniformly on the lid. To ensure that the thighs are done through, and their juices run clear when punctured with a knife, bake them for 30 minutes.
  • To serve, spread some of the sauce over the couscous, rice, or pilaf and sprinkle with parsley.

 

Campfire Caprese Brie

Brie prepared in this way is more flavorful than regular baked brie.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large wheel brie
  • 1/4 thinly sliced basil for garnish
  • Balsamic glaze for drizzling
  • 1 baguette, sliced, for serving

 

Direction

  1. Toss cherry tomatoes and garlic in olive oil in a big bowl. Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
  2. Top brie with tomato mixture in a cast iron pan. Cook for 20 minutes over a hot campfire until the brie has melted.
  3. Garnish with balsamic glaze and basil. Serve with warm baguette slices.

 

Final Thoughts

Many people have the misconception that camping implies “roughing it” and “living off the land,” which includes activities such as foraging for edible insects, digging for berries, and using a bowie knife to catch fish. Nothing could be further from reality. In fact, experienced campers know how to feast like royalty while enjoying great campfire dinner recipes with their loved ones. And now, you got three of them in your bag!