Campfire Stew

Always a surefire hit with kids!

By Barbara Albright


It seems that food always tastes better when it is cooked in the great outdoors, and this is never truer than when you and the kids are camping.

Camping is a great way to leave the grind of everyday life behind and focus on the family. Kids love family vacations that involve tents and sleeping bags, flickering campfires and hikes through the woods.

Camping trips with scouts or day camp groups are equally fun.

Regardless of the trip, when it comes to cooking simple camp meals, kids can dive right in and prepare fare fit for a ravenous king!

Cooking Equipment
Part of the camping experience is to cook over an open fire or on a camp stove. Hot meals are more enjoyable than cold sandwiches - and add to the overall gestalt.

Equipment usually is no more elaborate than a Dutch oven or a large skillet, some heavy oven mitts, and long-handled utensils for stirring. Sharp knives and a cutting board are useful too.

Dutch ovens can be used for shallow frying, roasting, baking, and stewing. They can be placed directly on a grill, hung from a tripod over an open fire, buried in the coals, or even sunk underground surrounded by hot coals.

Campfire Food
Hot dogs and hamburgers are obvious choices for outdoor meals.

It's fun, though to experiment with different recipes and methods. One idea is to impale hot dogs on sticks and grill them over an open fire. When the hot dogs are wrapped in refrigerated bread stick dough before grilling, there's no need for rolls. We call these Dogs in a Blanket!

Another idea is to make that old favorite, campfire stew.

Hearty and satisfying, campfire stew is easy to make. There are a multitude of recipes for it and without question, it's one of those "anything goes" dishes.

Our recipe calls for ground beef or turkey and canned soups. Be sure the ground meat is kept cold until cooking, which is easy to do in a cooler.

The stew is made in a Dutch oven or skillet. Let the kids help mix the ingredients together in the pot. As the stew heats, let them stir it if they're old enough to deal with an stay open fire.

When this stew is spooned over hamburger rolls or bread, or wrapped in a tortilla, it hits the spot after an active day of camping.

Finally, when the campfire embers are glowing hot, don't forget the marshmallows!