I’m not exactly Daniel Boone when it comes to cooking over a fire. I much prefer to cook my family’s meals inside of our small but comfortable RV kitchen or outside on an electric skillet. After more than my share of unevenly cooked food, burns and borderline asphyxiation, I am determined to master campfire cooking this camping season.
Really… how hard can it be to cook over a campfire? Well…
maybe I set the bar a little too high. Mastering campfire cooking might be a bit of a stretch for someone who cooked like an inept caveman just a few short months ago.
The first article the Campfire Cooking series: Campfire Cooking: What NOT To Do
Getting Ready (Cue the theme to “Rocky”)
One of my biggest challenges with cooking over a fire was the fact that I didn’t have utensils that we long enough to keep my arm away from the heat. As a result, I lost lots of arm hair and had to wrap my arm and my hand in a dish towel when I was cooking. This year, I purchased a nice long-handled BBQ utensil kit and a fabulous grill mitt. As I anxiously waited to use my new campfire cooking doo-dads, I felt like Rocky waiting in his locker room, all dressed and ready for his first fight with Apollo Creed. Yo Adrian!
When it finally came time to embark on our first RV Camping trip of the season, I gathered the utensils, my mitt, lots of Aluminum Foil, a few recipes and the Pie Iron that was a gifted to me by a generous camping neighbor last year when I expressed awe at her fabulous device. We were pumped up for our campfire cooking extravaganza!
A side note, we decided against buying a Dutch Oven (for now) because we typically don’t have a fire going long enough to cook something in it.
We Started With A Bang: Hobo Wraps
I first learned of Hobo Wraps on FB and thought they’d be perfect for our first campfire recipe. I sliced the following ingredients and placed them into piles so the kids could build their own Hobo Wraps:
- Orange Peppers
- Sliced uncooked potatoes
- Ground Turkey Breast
- Seasonings: We used Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder
- We wished we would have added: Celery and Mushroom
My kids created their own Hobo Wrap by piling their chosen ingredients into the center a large piece of oiled Aluminum Foil.
We bundled up the package of deliciousness like a swaddled baby.
After doubling the Aluminum Foil (to prevent leaks), we placed the Hobo Wraps on the grill grates for about 25 mins per side. The cooking time could have probably been reduced if we pre-cooked the potato slices in the microwave.
The moment of truth arrived when we peeled open the foil and discovered a perfectly cooked meal!
The contents were transferred to a plate, but we certainly could have eaten the meal directly from the foil. It was delicious!
Hobo Wraps have officially been added to our list of things to eat when we are camping. I’m one step closer to mastering Campfire Cooking. Hooray!
Phase One of the meal was a huge success. On to Phase Two… Dessert! We purchased white bread, butter and apple pie filling with hopes of using our new Pie Iron to create Apple Dumplings. Since it was the first time we were using the Pie Iron, we remembered that we needed to season it or else the food would stick to sides as you cook it.
I googled directions on how to season a Pie Iron and then we placed it in the fire for the required 10 minutes. When we returned to the fire to remove the Pie Iron, we couldn’t believe our eyes.
But We Ended In A Fizzle: The Meltdown
It melted. Literally. Did you know that a Pie Iron can melt if you put it in the fire? I didn’t. Maybe I should have placed the Pie Iron on the grates to season it? Aren’t they exposed to open flame all of the time? Why did it melt? It was a big head scratcher. Well, that was the beginning and end of my Pie Iron extravaganza. TKO…Dang!
Though I am beaten for this round, like Rocky, I’ll come out swinging in the sequel.
Please comment and share how you seasoned your Pie Iron. Also, weigh in on a potential name of this Campfire Cooking series or share your favorite Pie Iron recipes. Thank you!
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