Help me level up my camp cooking
August 13, 2014 2:14 PM Subscribe
Looking for ideas of really great food to bring on a car camping trip. Bonus points if it involves cooking over the campfire. I am attending an annual family long weekend camping trip with my fiance in a few weeks, and am drawing a blank on what to bring foodwise. I'm looking for ideas of main courses suitable for dinner as well as side dishes or dessert, that will blow people's socks off.
We always eat very well on these trips: it's car camping, and everyone who is coming is either an excellent cook or an able helper. Some examples of things we have eaten during past trips: whole chickens roasted over the fire, pork tenderloin with pesto and prosciutto, local cheese with truffle honey, corn on the cob, teriyaki meatballs, fajitas with black bean salad, brownies with creme anglaise and bourbon-soaked cherries, couscous with dried fruit, etc. So, pretty fancy as camping food goes, and most importantly, delicious. To make it different than normal cooking at home, I especially want to use the campfire to cook as much as possible.
We will have ample cooler space and one small electric fridge (inside a trailer), 2 decent propane stoves (although like most camping stoves I've used, keeping it at a simmer can be tricky), and a couple of adjustable campfire grills. There will be 8 or 9 adults total, and no kids. Dietary restrictions are non-existent. Palates are pretty adventurous, although I'll need to keep spice levels at the level of a mild thai curry. I'm willing to do as much prep as necessary at home, but would like to keep the on-site preparation to a moderate amount since this is a vacation after all.