Most of the classic campfire snacks
(s’mores, dampers, baked fruit) are sweet, so I thought I would put together a few ideas for savoury snacks that can be made on a campfire. Personally I always go for the chocolate option, but a lot of people don’t have quite as much of a sweet tooth as me so I hope these suggestions come in handy for you. Many of them leave a lot of room for imagination, and I find that children and young people are particularly inventive when it comes to camp food – I suggest letting them be creative and maybe get away with a little bit more than they would at home – they’re on holiday after all, and you might even like some of their inventions!
Corn on the Cob
If you buy corn on the cob with the shucks still on then you don’t even need to wrap them up before they go on the campfire. Choose fresh corn (corn with green leaves, not brown) for best results. Soak the corn in salted water for about an hour. This stops it cooking too quickly once you put in the fire. If you can’t get corn in shucks you can still make this dish – just soak it then wrap it in foil. Place in the coals round the edge of the fire and cook for 15 – 30 minutes, depending on how hot your fire is. Once removed from the fire, add butter and salt (or chili and lime for a Mexican twist) to your corn and get stuck in!
In their simplest form these consist of tortillas and grated cheese, however there is huge scope for messing around with them and adding your own flavours. Try them with tomato sauce, chili sauce, mushrooms, ham or any leftover meat or veg. Simply place a tortilla on a sheet of foil, add grated cheese and other fillings, place another tortilla and another piece of foil on top, fold edges over and place in the fire until the cheese melts. These also make a good lunch
if you’re cooking over fire
– you can forget the foil and put them in a frying pan to melt the cheese. These can be quite tricky to eat, so try cutting them into pieces as you would a pizza.
These definitely come under the definition of “playing with your food”. Whilst this may not be allowed at home, I don’t see any problem with it on camp!
Slice your hotdog into 4 strips at each end, leaving the middle of the hotdog intact. Put a long skewer through the middle and roast over the fire. The strips will curl up and your hotdog will look like an octopus! Unfortunately if you put ketchup on them it looks like your octopus has had a terrible accident.
Frozen chips travel well and it doesn’t particularly matter if they thaw out. As an extra bonus, having frozen items in your coolbox will keep the temperature of your refrigerated products down.
To make cheesy chips on the campfire, put the chips in the middle of a large piece of foil, sprinkle with grated cheese and wrap up. Cook in the fire for about 15 minutes. Open up carefully and enjoy! Great with ketchup or chili sauce.
Popcorn somehow tastes better when you’ve made it from scratch over a fire you built yourself. It’s pretty delicious as it comes, but feel free to add butter, salt, sugar, cinnamon or anything else you can think of.
Start with a large piece of foil (about 18 inches long). Put a small handful of popping corn kernels (about 2 tablespoons) and some vegetable oil in the middle. Wrap loosely so there is enough room for the corn to expand, but make sure you roll the top over carefully so that it doesn’t come undone and spill all your hard work into the fire. Tie to a stick and hold over the fire until you can no longer hear it popping. Open very carefully as the foil will be hot and the packet may let out a lot of steam.