Now that Spring has arrived, you will have even more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. One of the best ways to commune with nature is, of course, a camping trip. Many fond memories have been made, sitting around a campfire or even in a leaking tent. And what's better than a meal cooked over a campfire? What's that - hobo dinners and s'mores aren't your style? Then check out these recipes that bring a whole new dimension to campfire cooking.
For Goodness Steak
1.5 lbs boneless top sirloin steak, about 1.5 inches thick
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons steak sauce (whatever you have available)
2 tablespoons each of lime juice and brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated ginger root
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Trim any excess fat from meat. Pierce meat in several places with fork. Place steak in Ziploc bag. Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl and pour over steak. Toss into freezer until ready to take camping, At your campsite, let steak thaw on top of cooler for same-day cooking.
To grill: Remove steak from marinae and grill over hot coals or grill for 4 - 5 minutes per side, or until desired donesness is reached. Brush with leftover marinade while grilling. When done, remove steak from heat and let meat rest before slicing. Serve with salad.
Definitely not a hobo meal, right? Check out this dessert recipe:
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
Pound cake, cubed (you can also use plain cake donuts or donut holes)
Whipped Cream or ice cream, if desired
Cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired
Spray a double layer of foil with cooking spray. Add a hanful of pineapple chunks. Add pound cake cubes on top of the pineapple. Place a dollop of butter and brown sugar on top of the pineapple and cake. Fold up the packet and place in hot coals or on a grill for about 15 minutes or until the butter has melted with the brown sugar and formed a sauce over the pineapple in the bottom of the packet. Open up the packet for the last few miutes to brown up the cake a little, then serve. Add whipped cream or ice cream, and a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to finish it off.
As you can see, outstanding campfire cooking can be achieved with a little bit of preparation ahead. Enjoy the great outdoors and dine in style!