Now that summer is upon us we are all hoping to get back to normal!!! Camping is one of the best good weather activities available. Being out of doors is invigorating! Our kids can run to their hearts content! Yeah!!! The following out door meals can be done at home, if you desire. They are made with things you will most likely have in you fridge and can be lots of fun to do just for the heck of it!!!
I hope these outdoor cooking ideas add some fun and variety to your family’s time at home. It would also be so much fun to deliver one of these meal kits to a friend or loved one, especially if they have kids.
This Hobo Dinner recipe offers a simple fun way to share dinner in a different format! Not only is this a complete meal in one simple packet, but it is so easy to prepare and even easier to clean up making it the perfect meal to serve to your hungry family!
- Foil Packet Dinner by Spend with Pennies https://www.spendwithpennies.com/hobo-dinner-packs-hamburger-potato/
This simple Hobo Dinner recipe uses seasoned ground beef, potatoes, carrots and onions. It can be made on a campfire, grill or in the oven. I especially like that foil packet dinners can be made ahead of time and each person can customize to his or her preferences.
This meal is easy to transport and clean up too. We have made these at home in the oven or even on the out door BBQ. My kids label each packet with their name to be certain they receive their own custom creation.
Hobo Dinner Foil Packets
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 package dry onion soup mix
- 4 small potatoes peeled and sliced
- 2 cups carrots chopped
- 1 large or 2 small onions, sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- condensed mushroom soup
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine ground beef and dry soup mix in a bowl. Form into four patties and set aside.
In a large bowl combine all remaining ingredients except mushroom soup. Toss until well mixed.
Spray a 12″x18″ piece of foil with non-stick spray.
Place 1/4 of the vegetable mixture in the center of the foil. Top with 1 beef patty. Add 2 tablespoons of condensed mushroom soup on top of each patty.
Seal foil packets well. Place beef side up on a large baking sheet and bake 35-45 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
CAMP RECIPE: PIE IRON PIZZA POCKET
For many, the pie iron is a nostalgic piece of campfire cooking equipment that brings back memories of family trips, summer camp, and wholesome fun outdoors. It is also the easiest way to enjoy your own personal pizza pocket. So, what are you waiting for?
While there are endless iterations of things you can cook in a pie iron, we decided on a classic pizza pocket to start off with. For this recipe, we made our own pizza dough (included below), it would work just as easily with pre-made store-bought dough. You can use the Bridgeford Frozen Bread Dough. Let it thaw overnight according to the instructions.
(This photo is of a topless pocket)
Start by lightly oiling the inside of the pie iron. Shape a piece of dough roughly into a square that is slightly larger than the size of your pie iron. Pie irons have a concave shape to them, so you will need a little extra dough to run it up the sides. Place the dough, add your cheese, then sauce, then toppings, then more cheese, then your top piece of dough. Be sure to tuck the top piece of dough on the inside of your bottom piece of dough (creating an enclosed “pie”). Close the lid and you’re ready to go.
- 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
- 1 packet rapid rise yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup low-moisture shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 4 oz can sliced black olives, drained
- 16 slices pepperoni
Make the dough (can be done ahead of time!): In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, yeast, and salt. Add the oil and water. Using a spoon or fork, mix the ingredients until a dough forms. Add additional flour if it seems too wet, then knead until a ball forms. Cover and let rise 20 minutes.
Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Working with two pieces at a time, stretch and flatten the dough into roughly 4 ½ x 4 ½ inch squares.
Our next entry will have a few more fun “at home camping meals”. Hope you enjoy!