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Campfire cooking

Looking for new recipes for the campfire? Check these quick and easy options from Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Coop.

Having trouble deciding what to cook on your next trip? Parks Canada and MEC offer a few recipes to get you cooking at the campsite.


Kebabs and home fries

makes: 2-4 servings


About 16 mini potatoes, unpeeled and cut into quarters
2 tbsp | 30 ml olive oil
Coarse sea salt
Freshly ground pepper

Any combination of the following to make 4 kebabs:
Chicken, steak or tofu cubed
Veggies of your choice (peppers, red onions, broccoli, mushrooms, grape tomatoes)
Your favourite marinade or recipe below

Marinade: In a blender, purée a handful each of cilantro and mint, the zest and juice of a lemon, ½ head of roasted garlic (peeled), and a dash each of maple syrup, pepper and salt.


Before your trip
Marinate and assemble the kebabs at home, sealing them in a strong (poke-proof!) food-safe bag. Metal skewers are best as they don't burn and can be reused for another camp meal.

At your campsite
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over your campfire or on a camp stove. Add the potatoes and cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

When the potatoes are nearly done, place the kebabs on a grate over the fire. Grill them to perfection—ensuring you get that lovely smoky flavour—turning them often so they are evenly browned (and, in the case of chicken, completely cooked through).

Once the potatoes are done, toss with salt and pepper and set aside to keep warm.


Campfire apple turnovers

Makes: 4 servings


1 package Pillsbury croissant dough
1 cup | 250 ml apple pie filling
½ cup | 125 ml crushed walnuts  


At your campsite
Open up the dough, and separate it into four pieces. Fill each piece with apple pie filling and sprinkle with a few walnuts. Pinch the dough closed. Wrap each turnover in tinfoil and place on hot embers. Cook for about 10 minutes on each side, or until browned.


Camping orange muffins

Makes: 2 servings


2 large thick-skinned oranges
⅔ cup | 165 ml muffin batter (bran muffin mix works well)


Before your trip
Depending on the length of your trip, you could premix the muffin batter in a food-safe resealable bag and freeze it ahead of time.

At your campsite
Make sure you have some nice remaining embers in your fire. If you have frozen your muffin batter, make sure it has completely thawed before you begin.

Slice off the top of each orange with your sport knife, setting it aside. Keeping the skin as intact as possible, carefully scoop out the orange flesh with your camping spork or spoon. This can later be used for a snack or fruit salad. Half-fill each orange with the muffin batter (leaving room for expansion) and replace the orange lid on top.

Wrap each orange in tinfoil, shaping a foil handle at the top of the orange. Place each one in the residual embers of your campfire for approximately 20-30 minutes, rotating several times to avoiding burning. When done, peel open your moist and orange-infused muffin... and enjoy!