At Escape Adventures, we love watching kids sitting around the campfire at night. That is also a great time to grab a stick, rummage through your supplies, and see what you can cook. Here are 8 things that we KNOW taste good when cooked with a stick over the fire. Maybe you have some other ideas…
Marshmallows – Everyone knows about putting a marshmallow on a stick, and cooking it over the fire. If you have camped, you probably have done it at least once!
Hot Dogs – An easy way to heat up your hot dog sausage and get that smoky taste too! Put the stick through the sausage and heat carefully (don’t put it right into the middle of the flame).
Then slide off onto your bun, with all the condiments ready to go!
If you want to jazz up the humble hot dog, make 4 slices at the end of the sausage, to about 1/3rd of the way down.
Do this at BOTH ends of sausage. The middle of the sausage is unsliced.
When it cooks, the ends, curl up, supposedly looking like a spider!
Roasted Bananas – Put a banana on a metal skewer (a stick may work, but a skewer is going to be cleaner removing it from a mushy banana) , then heat it over an open flame.
When it’s nicely warmed and starting to go a bit soft, you can roll it in choc flakes (Cadbury Flakes all smashed up works), or nuts or any topping you think goes well with a warmed banana.
More fruit – apples, pineapples or peaches. One way to get fruit into the kids is roasting your fruit near the flame. Other than bananas, fruit that goes well on a skewer includes apples, pineapple and firm peaches. I love strawberries done like this, but they can fall off quite easily!
If you have the ability, brush the fruit with some melted butter and a dash of orange juice or honey, which contributes to the flavor.
Those who are mega-prepared with camping supplies can dip the warmed fruit in cream (sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon!!!)
Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
This isn’t one that I would normally associate with cooking on a stick, but comes from the Food Network.
On bread, spread mayonnaise, ham, cheese (of choice, but swiss would work well) and pickles. Top with another slice of bread, and cut the sandwich into quarters. Toast each quarter on a stick/skewer until the cheese melts.
Prosciutto & Mozzarella Balls
Another one courtesy of Food Network! And one to impress. Would be very tasty for those who are wanting to have something to munch on with your drink before dinner!
Wrap prosciutto around mini mozzarella balls. Thread a cherry tomato, a prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella ball, and another tomato onto each skewer; toast over a flame until the tomatoes blister.
Egg in an Orange
Cut a large orange in half and scrape out the fruit from both pieces. With a sharp knife, cut a small “x” on one orange half about 1 cm below the rim. Cut another “x” just below the opposite rim. Thread a long pointed stick through the cuts so that the orange half hangs like a basket. While someone holds the half peel steady, crack a small egg into it. Grasp the end of the stick and hold the orange shell over the campfire (low flames or embers) for about 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and remove the orange from the stick. Add salt and pepper… and enjoy your egg!
Kebabs – Whatever you call it, shish kabobs or kebabs, these are good on the campfire too. Generally, it is a meat/fish and a vegetable alternated on a skewer. The choice of what you put on it is up to you and your pantry!! The options are limitless.
But a couple of things to ensure you get it right are:
– don’t make the protein so chunky that it takes a lot longer to cook than the vegetable, and vice-versa. You want the kebab contents to all cooks roughly at the same time.
– if you brush a sauce or marinade over them, sometimes it will make them look burnt, and may mislead you into thinking the meat is cooked. If it’s chicken, you don’t want raw meat!
– If the food looks like it could fall right off into the fire, 2 skewers could be used to stabilize the food