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There are so many great conversations on the Hotline—it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge—and to keep the conversation going.
Today: What to make in the great outdoors.
Pack your sleeping bags and pitch a tent: It's summertime and we're going camping. Besides bug repellent and a flashlight, food is the number one priority. Instead of relying on hotdogs and hamburgers (which are great!), look at the great outdoors as just another type of kitchen—albeit a bit more primitive than the norm.
Over on the Hotline, Hallie wants to know what simple, but stellar camping-appropriate meals she can make. "We'll have a propane two-burner stove and plan to have a campfire as well," she says. Your answers proved that foil and fire make a great team, prepping ahead reigns supreme, and s'mores in any form are a necessity. Here are your favorite camping foods:
- Arcane54 suggests baking biscuits in hollowed-out onion halves—a favorite recipe from this cookbook. Mix your biscuits, place in onion halves, wrap in foil, and bake at the edge of the campfire (turn occasionally to avoid burning).
- Nancy says to make a nice dinner at home and bring it with you—at least for the first night.
- If it’s not too warm, Emily Love says a frozen soup or stew reheats wonderfully.
- Kim McBride suggests foil-wrapped campfire breakfast burritos (“Campurritos”) filled with hash browns, cheese, sausage, and eggs.
- Cakesy says, “I braise sausages at home the day before I leave, that way they only need to be kissed by the flames a bit to warm/crisp them up.”
- Savorthis brings “a baguette that has been sliced in half and pre-spread with butter, herbs, and cheese to bake in foil over the heat.” She also suggests packing precooked grains.
- Susan W makes ribs at home and reheats them over the fire, and brings macaroni salad for a side and Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S’mores for dessert.
- Cook potatoes in foil in the campfire, Yozhik0607 says, and make homefries with the leftovers for breakfast.
- Alexanderg wraps root vegetables—like beets and turnips—in foil and throws them directly onto the coals.
Have a go-to camping meal? Tell us in the comments below!
Photos by James Ransom