Building a perfect camping menu for your next trip to the campground is a great way to ensure you get enough food for your crew. Keep them ready for adventure by planning your meals ahead of time to ensure everyone takes time during the day to recharge. These delicious camping recipes for spring are the perfect start to a great week at the campground!
Campfire Caprese Brie
This light, delicious lunch is packed with nutrients and flavors. It’s the ideal thing to make for a busy group that doesn’t want to sit still for long!
- 1 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 wheel of brie
- Balsamic glaze, for drizzling
- ¼ c. fresh basil leaves
- 1 baguette, sliced, for serving
- Wash and dry your tomatoes and basil, and peel the garlic cloves.
- Slice the tomatoes in half and mince the garlic.
- In a large bowl, toss the cherry tomatoes and garlic with olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
- Over your fire, place a cast iron skillet to heat. Once it’s hot, add the brie to the center and top with the tomatoes.
- Melt over the fire until the brie is gooey, around 20 minutes. The brie might not ooze unless you poke it with a fork or knife, but it will still be gooey and delicious on the inside.
- While the cheese melts, thinly slice the basil leaves and the baguette.
- Serve the brie topped with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and the shredded basil.
- Dip your baguettes into the mix or scoop it out of the cast iron to top your slices.
Hot Ham & Swiss Croissants
Another quick and easy lunch, this meal is perfect for picky-eaters or a last-minute lunch before you hit the trails.
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- 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 4 croissants
- 8 slices swiss cheese
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- Pound deli ham, your choice of flavor
- In a small bowl, combine the mustard, honey, and brown sugar until thoroughly blended.
- Split the croissants with a knife and coat both of the interior sides of the croissant thoroughly.
- Add the sliced ham to desired thickness and top with swiss cheese.
- Close the sandwich and wrap it in foil. Repeat for each croissant.
- From here, you can place these sandwiches in the fridge or a cooler until you’re ready to heat them, or put them straight into a 350-degree oven for 10-15 minutes!
- Serve warm!
This dinner is sure to bring everyone back to the campsite smiling and ready to eat! A shrimp boil is also a fun way to spend some time together as a family. Just cover your picnic table with a clean tablecloth and dump the cooked ingredients in the center when you’re ready to eat! Make sure you have plenty of napkins handy!
- 4-5 gallons of water
- 1 1/2 cups Old Bay seasoning
- 2 heads of garlic, sliced in half horizontally
- 5lbs red potatoes, quartered
- 2lbs yellow onions, large dice
- 3lbs kielbasa, cut into chunks
- 6 lemons, halved
- 12 ears of corn, halved
- 6-8lbs large shrimp
- Over a strong fire, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- While waiting for the water to boil, wash and dry all your produce.
- Quarter the potatoes, cut the garlic heads in half horizontally, dice the onions, halve the lemons, and chop the ears of corn in half.
- Peel and devein the shrimp and cut the kielbasa into coins.
- Once the water boils, add in the Old Bay seasoning and garlic, allowing it to simmer for five minutes.
- While that simmers, fill a mesh bag with potatoes, onions, kielbasa, and lemons.
- In a second bag, add the corn and shrimp. Then tie both bags to secure them.
- The first bag should be added to the pot first and cooked for ten minutes. After ten minutes, add the second bag and cook for another 5 minutes until the shrimp is cooked through.
- Remove both bags and pour straight onto the center of your picnic table!
- Serve with plenty of napkins, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, lemons, and more Old Bay for sprinkling!
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