Camping recipes for kids

Our campsite favourites the kids (and big kids) will love

Jun01

Camping recipes for kids

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Image source: Kevin Smith

Here’s a couple of our favourite kid friendly recipes to cook at home these holidays which will have even the fussiest of eaters coming back for more.

S’mores

Given our love of roasting marshmallows over the fire it’s very surprising that this classic American treat hasn’t made its mark as an Australian favourite. Think a roasted gooey marshmallow smothered in melting chocolate and then sandwiched between crunchy crackers– S’mores are the very best of salty and sweet combined. Traditionally they are made with Graham Crackers and Hersheys chocolate, which we can’t get in Australia. Luckily there are some delicious local substitutes available, but feel free to experiment with different types of biscuits and chocolate until you find the balance of sweetness, gooeyness and crunch to suit your family’s taste buds.

Ingredients:

  • Two plain biscuits (Chocolate-coated Digestives or Nice are good options)
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate (Cadbury is ok but the squares of Lindt are a better thickness for melting)

Method:

Rest the chocolate on top of the biscuits, and warm them by the fire while you roast your marshmallow on a stick. When it is cooked to your liking sandwich it between two biscuits and squish the whole lot together. Your kids will inevitably end up with their faces and hands covered in marshmallow and chocolate, which is a surefire sign that they are having a good time.

Image source: Ken Bosma

Campfire meat and veg

There is nothing better than dinner cooked on the fire. The roasting coals and smoldering embers just make food all the more delicious, so camp fire meat and veg is a sure winner with the family. You can even get the kids to make their own individual meals, meaning the fussy eaters are easily taken care of. Our tip is to use a thick foil or to wrap your meal in two layers, this way there will be no need to worry about leaks or punctures.

Dinner ingredients:

  • Tablespoon of butter or oil
  • Sausage or fresh-cut meat
  • Freshly chopped or leftover veggies
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

Lay a double sheet of foil on a table and add the butter or oil first to prevent the ingredients burning or sticking. Add the meat and then the vegetables, seasoning them to taste. Wrap the foil securely, making sure that nothing can get in or out. Cover with coals and cook for an hour, turning once and replacing the coals at the same time. If you are using up leftovers simply cook until food is reheated, which should be around 10-15 minutes.

Campfire banana split

Dessert ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips

Method:

Cut an unpeeled banana in half lengthways, making sure not to cut through the bottom of the peel. Open up and stuff the centre with chocolate chips and marshmallows, feel free to get creative with your fillings. Wrap two layers of foil loosely to prevent the marshmallows from sticking and cook in hot coals for 5-7minutes. Eat with a spoon directly out of the skin.

Image source: Adrian Roth