Winter is here and there’s nothing better than a bonfire in the backyard on the weekend! Whether you’re at home or out camping in the bush, a toasty campfire is good for keeping you warm, roasting marshmallows, and you can use it to cook up some delicious tucker. We appreciate simple, country living a Buttai Barn, so we have compiled a list of our favourite campfire recipes for you to try over the winter!
If you like camping in the winter, you’re going to need a staple breakfast meal. Breakfast sandwiches with toasted English muffins will do the trick and all you need are a few simple cooking utensils and ingredients.
– Frying pan (that can be used on a fire top)
– Aluminium foil
– English muffins
– Meat of choice (you can bring pre-cooked leftovers like pulled pork, or bring sausages or meat that can be cooked in a fry pan)
– Sauce of choice
The method is super simple. Use the frying pan on the fire to toast the muffins, cook the eggs and meat if required. Assemble a sandwich with all ingredients including cheese. Wrap in aluminium foil and place in the fire/ or on a grate over the fire for a few minutes. Allow to cool, then enjoy a tasty breakfast with a steaming cup of tea or coffee.
Campfire Classic – Aussie Damper
You really haven’t cooked on a fire unless you’ve made damper- chances are your damper making days probably began at a primary school camp, with a dirty bush twig and you ended up drenched and sticky from golden syrup overload. If it’s been awhile and you’ve forgotten the recipe, here’s a reminder…
- 1 cup of self-raising flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
- ½ -1 cup of milk
- Pinch of salt
This is a great one to get the kids involved in if you have them. Encourage them to get their hands dirty and start by rubbing the butter in to the flour until it becomes crumbly.
Next, add the salt and sugar. Once mixed, slowly add the milk until a sticky dough forms. Separate in to desired portion sizes and wrap around a clean stick. Roast over the flames until cooked through. Serve with topping of choice- maple syrup, golden syrup, honey, jam or even butter and vegemite.
Hearty Dinner – Campfire Stew
A hearty stew is great all year round, but especially satisfying in the winter. If you’re camping you want simple food that’s going to taste great and this basic chicken and veggie stew should do just the trick.
- Oil for cooking
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 sliced carrots
- 1 small pumpkin, diced
- 1 large thinly sliced fennel bulb, sliced
- 800 g skinless, boneless chicken thigh or breast fillets (cut in to large pieces)
- One small glass of white wine
- 12 potatoes, quartered
In a Dutch oven or cooking pot, use oil to lightly fry the onions, garlic and brown the chicken pieces over the fire. Add carrot, potato, pumpkin and fennel and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Next, add the wine and bring to the boil for 1 minute. After the alcohol has had a chance to burn off, add 400ml of water, season with salt and pepper. Bring the pot to the boil, then cover with a lid and place among the coals in the fire. Allow to slow cook for 40-50 minutes. Serve with crusty bread.
So, if you’re headed out camping this winter, or you’re looking for some cooking ideas for your home fire pit to feed your family and entertain your winter guests, here’s a starting point. There’s plenty of amazing campfire recipes out there, and we encourage you to give them a go, and enjoy outdoor cooking and the simple life this season.
If you’re looking for a country escape and a great night out, with hearty, tasty comfort food, consider visiting us at Buttai Barn for a Buckin Show real soon, call for more information on 0409 459 269.