We recently went on our first family camping trip. We have not been on a camping trip since our children were born…and I was so excited about the idea of camping, smores, campfire fun, and memories that would last a life-time!
While I was excited, I was overwhelmed by the complexity of campfire recipes.
We were going camping with friends who have a camper, while we were going in a tent. I was concerned with not wanting to spend too much time in my friend’s camper, but giving each family time to spend alone, but also together.
So, I went out on a mission to find something that was inexpensive and easy to do.
What I discovered, I had in my own kitchen! Our Cast-Iron Skillet!
A Cast-Iron Skillet Can Solve Your Campfire Cooking Dilemnas
The first night we were at the campground at dinner time, it was incredibly hot, so I will admit, we cheated and went into town to eat. However, when we returned, we wrapped our potatoes in foil and placed them in our campfire! (I had no idea how this would truly be a blessing the next day!)
The next morning, my husband woke, went to our cooler and took out the bacon. He placed it in the skillet on the campfire…and the smell was wonderful! As he finished, he asked me to chop some potatoes. In my mind I was thinking…OH, that’s a great idea, but a fresh/raw potato will take forever. Then, I remembered our potatoes from the night before.
We took 4 of the fire-baked potatoes out of their foil, peeled them (which was super easy), cut them up and warmed them up in a little bit of the bacon grease (just a little – the rest of the bacon grease we placed in a glass jar so we could bring it home for proper disposal).
Next, came the eggs. The pan was already seasoned….so, we mixed them in a bowl, poured them in the skillet…and breakfast was ready!
Campfire Recipe for Breakfast
- Fry your bacon in your skillet (place on paper towels)
- Place your peeled/diced potatoes (that you cooked the night before) into your skillet- Set aside on plate
- Crack eggs in bowl, then pour into skillet
- Serve and eat a yummy campfire breakfast!
It was a GREAT breakfast, cooked the way many pioneers had to cook theirs.
However, as I was going to put my iron tea pot on the camp fire, my sweet friend came out of their camper with a huge mug of coffee…made just for me!
It was a wonderful weekend, filled with many memories and tons of good food!
The best food, was the food cooked over the fire. Fun times with sticky fingers covered in marshmallow and sitting / wading in the river as our children played, brought back sweet memories of my childhood days in a river near my Dad’s house….
What memories have you made over the campfire?