In my last post, I shared some pictures we took during our last camping trip. Other than getting all snap happy on our weekend getaway, we spent a lot of time prepping meals, cooking and then cleaning it all up. I realized how spoiled we are to have kitchens with running water and stoves and refrigerators. No joke. I’ve never invested so much thought into melting ice or the easiest way to clean up dirty dishes with no sink. We figured it out, and luckily, I did a lot of the food prep at home before we left to make life easier on us. We brought the basics of course: bratwurst for Joe, pasta salad, sandwich fixins. The fanciest thing we cooked up was our favorite side: potato packets. I make them all the time at home, and they are so yummy and so easy it was a no-brainer to make them while camping too. Click on the “More” tag to get the recipe & how-to.
What you’ll need:
- Chopped potatoes, onion and squash (zucchini or other summer squash), about 1 inch cubes
- Butter or butter alternative
- Italian seasoning mix
- Freshly ground salt & pepper
- Sprigs of fresh rosemary
What to do:
I chopped the veggies before we left home and put them in a heavy duty plastic baggie. When the time came to make them, I put about a cup of the veggie mix on a sheet of foil and topped it with about a tablespoon of butter, a heavy dash of italian seasoning, fresh salt and pepper to taste and a sprig of rosemary each. I folded the foil around the yummy stuff and put it in a hot pan over the camp stove seam side up, and cooked it until we could smell the food inside. This is my trick to cooking these for just the right amount of time so you don’t have to keep burning your fingers checking on the food inside the hot foil. They take about 10-15 minutes, depending how much you stuff into them and how hot your fire source is. So honestly, just cook ’em until you can smell everything inside. And don’t turn them, or all the juice will seep out of the seam. Once you decide they are done, toss the rosemary before eating.
Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think! Or if you have your own version, let me know what you do!