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The Backpacker » Blog Archive » Recipes for Camping and Hiking

Great Recipes for Backpacking and Camping

Freeze Dried Food Pic

Great recipes for backpacking and camping excursions can vary from the basic to the elaborate. Even simple recipes cooked on an outdoor fire can taste exquisitely if prepared properly.

Knowing a few great recipes for backpacking and camping before you venture out into the wild can make your meals seem heavenly.

The Basics

Bisquick on a Stick
Everyone loves Bisquick on a stick. This camping tradition is simple enough for children to prepare and enjoyed by everyone.

Simply mix the batter with water and roll out a biscuit. Place it on the end of a sharpened stick and pinch the ends to secure. Roast over an open flame until golden brown. You can also use prepackaged biscuits from a pressurized cardboard tube. To satisfy a sweet tooth, brush melted butter on the outside, coat with sugar and fill the hole from the stick with jam, jelly, or fresh berries.

Mix up your own maple syrup for pouring over the biscuits by combining 1 cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup water and 2 tablespoons margarine. Heat until bubbly and serve warm.

Breakfast Bisquits
Last night’s can of beans can be washed and used to make the morning’s breakfast. Drop in a few tablespoons of biscuit mix, add an egg, and place the can in the fire for five minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper or cinnamon and sugar- eat with an oven mitt and spoon straight from the can!

Multipurpose Meals

Beef and Vegetables
Slice up beef into chunks, add carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, and broccoli, and pack in foil packets with a little butter or margarine. Place foil packs directly into the fire and roast for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, or steak sauce for flavoring.

The leftover meat and vegetables can be made into soup if refrigerated. Add water and seasonings like parsley, oregano, and black pepper to taste. You can also add instant mashed potatoes to the broth for instant and nutritional thickening.

Tuna and Noodles
Boil noodles rapidly for 12 minutes and drain. Add one can of drained tuna and one can condensed cream of mushroom soup. Mix well and serve warm as a side dish.
(peas are optional).
Add salt, pepper and beef cubes to the leftover mixture along with broccoli and melted cheese for a delicious, well, rounded meal.

Desserts

Energy Bars
Heat and stir 3/4 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup honey. Bring t o a boil and remove from heat. Add 1½ cups peanut butter and stir until smooth. Stir in 5 cups whole grain cereal flakes and 6 ounces mixed dried fruit. Spread out to cool and cut into portion-sized bars.

Apple S’mores
Slice apples into matching lengths, spread with peanut butter, and create an apple sandwich with a marshmallow in the center. Toast lightly over open flame and eat warm!

These great recipes for backpacking and camping can be adapted for your individual taste and substitution of items may create the next great backpacking and camping recipe!

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