After a full day of West Virginia rafting, we think the best way to refuel is with a hot and hearty meal cooked right over an open fire. We’re not talking marshmallows and kettle corn – we’re talking about a smorgasbord of fixin’s . And best of all, you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to cook a five-star campfire dinner.
We can guarantee these top 5 campfire dinner ideas will leave you wanting s’more!
1. Shish Kabobs
Simply grab your favorite veggies (think green peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, etc.) and meat and stack them on a stick. Marinate and cook on an open fire and prepare for a heavenly and filling meal. Be sure to soak the skewers in water for a good twenty minutes to prevent burning.
Here’s a great marinade recipe to try: Mix 4 tbs dry sherry, 2 tbs sesame oil, 4 tbs soy sauce, 4 minced cloves of garlic together. Marinate meat in one leak proof bag and veggies in another. Soak from 4-8 hours.
2. Gourmet ‘dogs
Hot dogs don’t have to be a drab, last-resort camping meal. Stuff them full of chili, coleslaw, fresh onion, ketchup, and mustard. Be sure to keep the coleslaw cold! Add baked beans and corn on the cob as a side.
3. Breakfast for Dinner
Break out the eggs (literally) and get that sausage and bacon sizzling! Something about cooking breakfast over an open fire makes it taste that much better. Try mixing in spinach, mushrooms, onions, and crumbling in bacon or sausage. Sprinkle a flavorful cheese on top such as gruyere (very yummy) or even fresh parmesan to give it a little extra pizzazz.
4. Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob makes for a great midnight snack or side dish to go with the rest of your dinner. Soak corn with husk in a bucket of water overnight. Cook the corn on the grill with the husk still on and season with salt, pepper, and butter to taste.
5. Campfire Stew
Perfect to let sit when you’re conversing around the fire or getting things done around the campsite, add some potatoes, veggies (carrots, celery, and onion make great additions), and steak meat to a large pot with broth and let stew for about one hour!
What are your favorite “secret” campfire recipes and ideas to cook after a fun day of West Virginia rafting? Be sure to share with us so we can give it a try!