Barrett Baffert, the Web Editor over at Bon Appétit, gave me a heads-up on an article they are running by master chef Maria Helm Sinskey on a “Campfire Menu for 4” that is definitely worth your time to investigate. I know that on our family camping trips, we tend to focus on hamburgers, hotdogs and fajitas, so it’s refreshing to see what can be done with healthy alternatives like chicken. I’m definitely going to try the Grilled Cheese and Tomato Stacks, which look like a great meal for hot weather camping.
- Grilled Cheese and Tomato Stacks (on pita bread)
- Grilled Lemon-Oregano Chicken Drumsticks
- Campfire Potatoes (in foil packets)
There are a lot of advantages to using pita bread in the backcountry. It is not nearly as fragile as regular bread, so it packs a lot easier. Pitas are also nice and thick, which helps you hold hot foods from the grill or campfire. Maybe the most helpful part about the Bon Appétit piece is that for each recipe, Maria highlights what can be done in advance, at home. This saves a lot of time at the campsite and cuts down on the number of items that you have to take with you.
I’m always looking for new, interesting camping meals to try and I like the fact that these recipes are easy to prepare ahead of time, easy to cook, and the leftovers make a great chicken salad pita for lunch the next day. Perfect!