One of the great camping traditions that we enjoy is a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning. We usually arrive at the campground on Friday night, so Saturday morning’s breakfast sets the tone for the weekend and is the de facto “kick off” for the trip.
We tend to mix it up a bit, when it comes to breakfast meals. Pancakes are quick and easy, but they’re not always substantial enough on their own. Since we usually camp in bear country, we also tend to avoid greasy food like beacon and sausage during the spring and summer months.
Like all camping meals, the best way to spend more time camping and less time cooking is to prepare as much of the food beforehand, as possible. Instead of packing a block of cheese and whole vegetables, grate and dice them at home and pack them in individual sealed bags.
We might have sandwiches and hamburgers the rest of the weekend, but for breakfast we pull out all the stops. Here are some of our favorite breakfast recipes.
Don’t cringe, beer pancakes have a tangy flavor that can’t be beat and, because of the beer’s carbonation, they’re very light and fluffy. Best of all, there’s nothing to this recipe; just substitute beer for water in the pancake mix. Light beers work best, since you don’t want the hop or barley flavor, of darker beers, in your pancakes. Give beer pancakes a try – you won’t be disappointed!
Man (and woman!) don’t live by pancakes alone, so a substantial egg scramble goes great with pancakes and it doesn’t matter if a little syrup finds its way over, either! We make our egg scramble in a big frying pan, but if you’re not cooking for a family of five you could also mix all the ingredients in a sealable bag and then cook in a foil pouch.
For the perfect (and easy!) egg scramble, start with a bag of frozen hash browns and add diced onion, bell pepper, and cubed ham. Once that is cooking, crack eggs over it (one per person, plus an extra or two) and top with cheese. This needs to be stirred quite a bit and, actually, a spatula works well for this task.
Wait a minute – cinnamon rolls and camping? That’s right, cinnamon rolls on a stick, actually, and it’s a lot of fun for the kids and it gives them something to do while the cook is working on breakfast.
Using a can of cinnamon rolls (such as Pillsbury®), uncoil each roll and then wrap the dough around a stick. Roast the dough over the campfire just like a marshmallow, turning it so that it cooks evenly on all sides.