Camping Food Ideas: Delicious Beef and Green Bean Foil Dinner May 15 2013

If you’re looking for a good excuse to go camping, go for the food. Nothing tastes better than a hot, fresh meal with family and friends after a long day in the outdoors. Ideally camping food should be simple to prepare yet hearty enough to fill a hungry stomach after fishing or hiking.

Tinfoil dinners are an easy way to feed a crowd on your next outing and best of all can be prepared in advance for quick cooking at your campsite. All you need is a fire, some aluminum foil and delicious food to stuff inside for a meal that is sure to please.

Foil dinners can vary based on what you’re in the mood for, what is in season and what foods you have on hand. Here’s a quick and easy recipe that we used on our last camping trip.

Beef and Green Bean Foil Dinner

·       Beef, cut into 1 inch cubes (We used New York steak)

·       Potatoes- peeled, cubed and boiled until almost tender

·       Green beans- trimmed and boiled for 3-4 minutes

·       Mushrooms- Sliced

·       Onion- cut into chunks

·       Butter

·       Cooking oil (We used olive oil)

·       Salt and Pepper

Toss the cubed beef with oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Place a large square of foil on the counter and top it with prepared beef, potatoes, green beans, mushrooms and onion. I generally pre-cook the potatoes and green beans to ensure they are soft when the foil dinner is ready to eat. If you do pre-cook, let the hot foods cool before assembling your meal. If you don’t want to pre-cook, cut the ingredients into smaller pieces. Then season the food generously with salt and pepper and add a few small chunks of butter to taste.

Wrap up the foil dinner by folding the two sides over the food and sealing the edges. I like to use heavy duty foil and double wrap. Pack up your meals in a cooler and you’re ready to go.

When it is dinnertime, cooking is simple. Make a big campfire and wait until the fire dies down to red, hot coals. Carefully place the foil dinners on the coals and let it cook at least 10 minutes per side. You’ll need to flip the packet at least once. Remove one dinner to check for doneness and replace it on the coals if needed. When it’s ready, enjoy!

Baked Apple Foil Dessert

When I pull my foil dinners off the coals I like to replace them with dessert. Baked apples are an easy dessert to enjoy while camping. All you have to do is cut, peel and slice an apple. Toss your apple slices with cinnamon and sugar to taste and wrap in foil with a few small slices of butter. Cook them using the same method used for the foil dinners.

After a long day enjoying the outdoors, a tasty foil dinner will hit the spot.