COOK EAT DONE: CAMPING RECIPES
Nobody wants to mess about with washing up on holiday. When I’m camping, I prepare well for delicious meals with no mess. Aluminium foil is the essential cooking accessory to realise these goals. Here are my favourite aluminium foil recipes, guaranteed to satiate the taste buds so there’s more time for better things to do at night.
GRILLED CHICKEN AND PINEAPPLE PARCELS
Load up your foil parcel with chicken, pineapple, peppers and onions, doused with a generous serving of sweet and sour, or teriyaki sauce. Seal the parcel and throw it on the grill for 15 minutes, turning the parcel over half way through. When it’s done simply open the parcel and tuck in! For a nice garnish, chai or sesame seeds work well with this.
SAUSAGE AND VEGGIE PACKETS
This delicious dinner can be made with whatever veggies you prefer, I usually throw some sweet corn, pepper, onion, and aubergine. Tuck them all in a foil packet with the sausages and season with oregano, parsley, salt and pepper, garlic and paprika. Once you have mixed and encased your ingredients with foil, grill for 15-25 minutes, turning once. Packets are great because you can even eat right out of them – no cleanup necessary.
AMERICAN STYLE CHICKEN POCKETS
Stir some kidney beans and frozen sweetcorn in with some taco or ranch seasoning and place them onto a lightly oiled sheet of aluminium foil. Next, place some seasoned chicken breast or strips on top and top it off with some salsa and grated cheese. Place another sheet of aluminium foil over the top and seal the edges to make a flat foil pocket. You can cook this on an open flame or in an oven set at 360 degrees for 35-45 minutes. I usually open the pocket for the last 10 minutes to brown the cheese. Once finished you can add coriander, sour cream and avocado and there you have it.
BACON RANCH GRILLED POTATOES
This makes the perfect accompaniment or side dish, or can be served as a dinner in itself. Slice potatoes and cover with ranch dressing (Caesar is fine if you don’t have ranch dressing). Lay the potatoes on a piece of gently oiled foil and top with chunks of bacon, grated cheese, salt, pepper and parsley. Place on a preheated grill at around 350 degrees and grill for 15-20 minutes, turning once. When the potatoes are tender, this meal is ready to eat.
GARLIC LEMON AND CHIVE GRILLED PRAWNS
Prawns are my favourite summer camping dinner. Mix a stick of softened butter with garlic, chives and lemon zest in a bowl. Arrange your prawns in the middle of a piece of foil and add your garlic and chive mixture. Place another piece of foil over the top and fold the edges to create a sealed packet this time. Place the packet on a hot grill and cook for around 8 minutes. Be sure not to overcook the prawns. Serve with fresh bread for an amazing seafood dinner. If you have extra garlic and chive mixture, this melted on some French bread makes an excellent side dish.
Aluminium foil is one thing that really makes cooking much easier when you are camping. It’s the perfect tool to wrap up your preparation. Everyone rolls up their own ball after dinner and pops in your recycling bag.
Do you have any recipes or cooking and camping tips you’d like to share?