Out with the Frying Pan and In with the Fire: 3 Easy Open-Fire Recipes

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One of the wonderful things about camping is the satisfaction of learning how to cook your favorite meals on an open-fire. Luckily, these same campfire recipes can be cooked in the comfort of your own home in your fireplace or fire pit. Here are three easy recipes to try with one pot and an open-fire.

Campfire Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 1/2 cups of whole milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 cups of macaroni noodles
  • 1/8 tsp of black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 tsp of dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt

Directions:
1. Combine the water and milk in a pot over an open-fire. Bring it to a boil. Add the macaroni noodles and stir, cooking them for 7 to 10 minutes.
2. Remove the pot from the fire. Stir in the mustard powder, pepper, salt, butter, and grated cheese. Mix well and serve.

One-Pot Campfire Breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 10 eggs, large
  • 2 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Fresh parsley or basil
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 green pepper, quartered
  • 5 oz of baby spinach
  • 4 pork sausages
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:
1. In a cast-iron Dutch oven, combine the butter and olive oil until heated. Add the green onions, sausages, and green peppers. Cook until charring occurs. Remove the green onions, set aside, and continue cooking peppers and sausages.
2. In a bowl, combine eggs and beat until uniform. Toss in the herbs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Remove sausages and peppers from the pot. Add in butter and spinach until reduced. Remove spinach, set aside. Add more butter, pour in half of the eggs, add spinach and cheese, pour in the remainder of the eggs, add in the sausages, peppers, green onions, cherry tomatoes, and cover the pot with foil while it cooks on a low heat (hot embers instead of a full flame) for 30 minutes or until the eggs are fully cooked.

Open-Fire Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

  • 2 small apples
  • 3 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt

Directions
1. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, add coconut oil and melt over a low-burning fire. Toss in oats and toast for 2 minutes. Add in maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to mix. Toss in the chopped almonds and stir.
2. Remove apple cores and slice apples into 1/2-inch chunks. Add them to the skillet and stir. Cook until crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes. Stir every minute to prevent sticking.
3. Serve warm with coffee.

Personal Safety Tips

It’s important to keep in mind that cooking on an open-fire in your fireplace can create fire hazards. Use heat-safe gloves during the cooking process to protect your hands from burns. Ensure that your fireplace flue is open to allow for proper ventilation and the area is up to code. Double check that the pots and materials you use are safe to use over an open-fire. Following all fireplace and open-fire safety tips will help you and your family enjoy a safe, fun and delicious meal.

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