Everything tastes better roasted over an open fire maybe that is why
kids campfire recipes are so popular. Camping can be a great family
activity and something kids will remember throughout their life.
Here are some outdoor cooking for kids recipes, camping meal ideas
and tips to help make your camping trip extra fun.
Kids Campfire Cooking Safety Tips
Use caution around a campfire. Keep hands and feet away from
To prevent falling into the fire, don't play around a
When cooking on a campfire use long potholders and/or have an
When you are done with your kids campfire cooking, make sure
the fire is totally out. Sprinkle water on the fire and stir the
ashes around with a stick.
Kids Campfire Cooking-Breakfast
Salt and Pepper
In half of muffin tin place 6 eggs in 6 holes. Sprinkle with
shredded cheese and chopped ham. In other 6 holes of muffin tin, add
diced potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Bake on a flat rock
over the campfire or on a cooking grate.
Cinnamon & Sugar Biscuits on a Stick
by Maryanne Sparks (Warrenton, VA, USA)
Start with Bisquick in a zip-lock bag. Make a well in the Bisquick,
and add some water. Mix with a stick, and eventually cover the end
of the stick with the dough. Toast over the fire, until cooked
through. Roll in melted butter and cinnamon/sugar mix.
Enjoy the sweet biscuits for breakfast or a snack.
2 large ripe pears
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit
1/4 cup granola
1/4 cup apple juice
ice cream, frozen yogurt, or whipped topping (optional)
8x8 aluminum pan and foil
Wash and cut pears in half lengthwise, remove core, making a little
indentation to put the ingredients in.Put pear halves, cut sides up,
in a small aluminum pan (disposable or one you don't care about how
In a bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar, then sprinkle over
the pears in the pan. Toss together the granola and dried
cranberries, then fill the indentations in the pears with all the
Drizzle the apple juice over the pears, then cover with foil and
crimp sides tightly so pan is sealed well. You can precook these at
home in the oven. Just put in 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes
or until the pears are soft. Then transfer to campsite and reheat in
pan over a slow fire. To cook at campsite, place this pan on a grate
over glowing coals. Let cook for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the
heat of the coals. Serve immediately with a dollop of ice cream,
whipped topping, or frozen yogurt.
Butter and salt for seasoning
Tear off an 18 inch square of tin foil. In center of each square add
1 teaspoon oil and 1 tablespoon popcorn. Bring corners together and
tie with a string. Place on hot coals and shake with a long stick
until popcorn is popped. Season with butter and salt if desired.
Tin Foil Dinners Kids love to prepare their own packet dinner
themselves so have all the ingredients out and let them assemble
their own. Wrap up the tin foil, use an extra sheet if needed and
write with a permanent marker each persons name.
Hamburger patty -one for each person
Carrot sticks or circles
Potatoes, cut in circles or small chunks 1-2 per person depending on
size or a bag of tater tots work well too
Frozen green beans
Onion, cut in rings
Cream of mushroom soup
Dry onion soup mix, optional
Tear off large sheet of tin foil, one for each person. Shape
hamburger into patties. Prepare carrots, potatoes, and onion by
cutting into circles or small chunks. Arrange everything on kitchen
counter and let family assemble their own dinner.
Start with the hamburger (or other meat) on the bottom. Season with
seasoning salt. Top with vegetables. Sprinkle with more salt and a
shake of dry onion soup mix. Add one or two spoonfuls of cream of
mushroom soup. This will help make a gravy. Wrap up tin foil. If
needed use another sheet of tin foil to make secure. Write name on
each packet hamburger foil dinner. Place on a cookie sheet in case
the tin foil dinner leaks juice.
Place in the coals for 30 minutes. Check one tin foil packet to see
if meat is cooked through and potatoes are tender. Be careful of
steam when opening dinners.
You may need to check several times to test for doneness. Make sure
you use a potholder and be careful as the steam will be very hot
when opening the tin foil.
Campfire Corn on the Cob
Place an ear of corn on top of a sheet of tin foil. Add dots of
butter and wrap up tightly. Cook in the coals about 15 minutes.
Taco Salad in a Baggie
A simple lunch for a camping or hiking adventure.
Place cooked hamburger and refried beans in a Ziploc bag. Top with
shredded cheese, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Make one for
each camper plus a few extra just because they are so easy and
yummy. Bring along a bag of tortilla chips. When lunch arrives dip
your chips into the taco salad or break chips into the baggie and
eat with a fork.
A great reader tip is to use individual size bags of
chips and add all ingredients directly in the chip bag. This also
makes less clean up which is always great for kids campfire cooking.
Large onion for each camper
1 lb. Ground beef
1/4 cup milk
Season with salt and pepper
2 slices bread, crumbled
Prepare meatloaf before hand or bring along a bowl or bag to mix
together at the campsite. Cut out center of onion or cut onion in
half and scoop middle out. Place meatloaf mixture in each onion and
wrap in tin foil. Cook in coals 15-20 minutes and flip over once.
Cooking over a Campfire Video
Nicodemus' Ham Happiness
by Wendy Perez (Brevard County, FL, USA)
In heavy duty foil pack include:
*1/4 piece of a ham steak
*1/2 cup, cut up sweet potatoes (the thinner you slice them -- the
quicker your meal will cook)
*1/2 cup green beans (you can use fresh or frozen - whichever you
cook around 15 minutes -- until veggies are tender -- remember, you
can always increase the veggie portions ENJOY!
please note: I don't add salt to this because of the ham -- if you
substitute another type of meat -- you might want to also include
some Lawry's seasoned salt or Goya Adobo seasoning (which has
everything from salt, black pepper, garlic, oregano mixed in already
- very convenient!)
Apple Pie on a Stick
Red or Green apple
Push a stick through a green apple and turn the stick over the coals
of a campfire. (as you would when roasting a marshmallow). When the
apple peel starts to loosen carefully peel off or have an adult peel
skin off. In a bowl mix together cinnamon and sugar then roll your
apple around the mixture until evenly coated on all sides. Roast
over fire for a few more minutes and let cool.
Banana Dessert Tin Foil
Chocolate bar or chocolate chips
Tiny marshmallows, optional
Slit a banana down the middle but leave the banana in the peel. Down
the slit sprinkle brown sugar, chocolate bar chopped or chocolate
chips and tiny marshmallows. Wrap up in tin foil and warm in coals.
Make a traditional s'more simpler and more fun.
Graham crackers, chocolate wafers, or any type of flat cookie
Bag of miniature candy bars
Roast marshmallows and place between two flat cookies and a
miniature candy bar.