5 Great Recipes for the Great Outdoors

Man food outside on a campfire

It's a well-known fact that the food you eat whilst camping or hiking can leave a lot to be desired. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here are our top five recipes for really 'grilliant' grub, from proper campfire cuisine to meals you can munch on the move.

1. Bacon and eggs in a bag 

What you'll need 

  • 2 strips of thick cut bacon
  • 1 paper lunch bag
  • 1 egg
  • A stick

How to make it  

Cut the bacon strips in two and place at the bottom of the paper bag, making sure you completely cover the bottom. It is important that you use thick cut bacon, as anything else will just stick to the bag as it cooks. Next, crack the egg on top of the bacon. Fold the bag down and poke the stick through the top. Using the stick as a makeshift handle, hold the bag over a camping barbecue or fire for 7-8 minutes. And Voilà! A brilliant breakfast, without any washing up.


2. Campfire Banana Boat  

Banana boats cooking on a grill with chocolate and marshmallow

What you'll need 

  • 1 banana
  • 10 mini marshmallows
  • A handful of chocolate chips
  • Some tin foil

How to make it 

Leave the banana in the peel and carefully slice it lengthways. Pull the banana apart slightly and stuff it with the marshmallows and chocolate chips. Wrap in the foil and place on hot coals for 5-10 minutes. Once cooked, leave to cool slightly before carefully unwrapping the foil. All that's left to do is dig in!


3. Loaded Mashed Potato 

What you'll need  

  • 1 pack of instant mash
  • 1 packet of cheese and broccoli soup mix
  • 1 cup of freeze dried broccoli
  • 1/2 a cup of diced cooked ham
  • 2 cups of water

How to make it

Bring the water to a boil and add the freeze dried broccoli. Cook for one minute to rehydrate. Stir in soup mix and instant potato mix, and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Once cooked, stir in the diced ham. There you have it: a tasty, easy, high energy meal you can make whilst on-the-go.


4. Classic Campfire S'mores 

Smore marshmallow and biscuit toasted and melted

What you'll need 

  • 2 digestive biscuits
  • A bar of plain milk chocolate
  • Large marshmallows

How to make it 

S'mores are a classic American campfire treat, made using roasted marshmallows. However, we've given them a bit of a British twist. Take one of the digestive biscuits and layer it with pieces of chocolate. Roast one of the marshmallows over a campfire or barbecue until golden brown. While the marshmallow is still hot, place on top of the chocolate and place the remaining digestive biscuit on top to make a sandwich. The warm marshmallow will melt the chocolate, leaving you with a deliciously gooey campfire treat.


5. Grilled Campfire Potatoes 

Potato and bacon waiting to be cooked on a campfire

What you'll need 

  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup of diced bacon
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

How to make it 

Make a double thick heavy duty layer of foil, about 18 square inches. Add the butter, chopped potatoes and onions. Fold the foil around the mixture and seal tightly. Add to a barbecue and grill for around 15-18 minutes on each side, until the potatoes are tender. Carefully open the foil and sprinkle in the bacon and grated cheese. Re-seal and cook for 3-5 minutes longer. A great reward at the end of a long hike.


To be able to cook up a feast on your camping trip, make sure you have everything you need from our range of camping cooking equipment and picnic accessories! 


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