One of my favorite summertime activities is sitting around the fire ring in the backyard with my family. The temperatures have usually cooled off a bit, so the radiant heat from the fire feels nice and cozy. We chat about anything and everything around the fire, and sometimes we play games too! (Heads Up is one of our favorite games to play around the fire, and it’s only $0.99 in the App Store!) But of course, no campfire experience would really be complete without campfire food!
Roasting food over a fire not only makes it taste great, but it’s fun too! There are so many different foods you can make over a campfire, and I thought it would be fun to share some of them with you today! So I put together this list of 10 tasty and easy food you can cook around a campfire. Use this list to inspire your campfire food choices during your upcoming camping trips, beach outings, or wherever else you’ll be sitting around a campfire this summer! :-)
10 Delicious Foods You Can Cook Over A Campfire
1. Blueberry Orange Muffins
You can make delicious blueberry muffins over a fire by baking them inside hollow orange peels! It sounds a bit strange, but the results are oh-so-good.
Blueberry muffin mix, prepared according to package directions
Start by cutting a couple of oranges in half. Scoop the flesh out and discard it (or better yet, eat it!)
Fill one half of one of the orange peels will the prepared blueberry muffin mix. Place the other half of the orange on top, then wrap the whole thing in tin foil.
Add another layer of tin foil around the outside for good measure.
Next, set the wrapped orange on a grate over hot coals. Turn it every few minutes to make sure the muffin bakes evenly.
After 8-10 minutes, unwrap the oranges and check the muffins for doneness. Once the center is cooked through, they’re done! Add some butter if you like and chow down!
2. Hot Dogs
A lot of people overlook this timeless classic when planning their campfire foods, and I think that’s a shame! Not only are hot dogs one of the easiest things you can make over a fire, but they’re also really delicious when you get a bit of char on the outsides!
And if you really want to take your hot dogs to the next level, why not try a wrapped hot dog? I made a bacon-wrapped hot dog and one that I wrapped in crescent roll dough, and both turned out wonderfully!
Cut a piece of refrigerated crescent roll dough into strips, then wrap the strips around a roasting stick. Roast it slowly over the fire, well away from the really hot parts (you don’t want to burn it!) The result is sort of a hybrid between a breadstick and a dinner roll, but the most important thing is that it tastes great! Cover it in butter, cinnamon, and sugar to make a churro-esque treat, or fill it with nutella or jam.
If you’ve never cooked bacon over an open flame, I highly recommend giving it a try! Just wrap a piece of bacon around the end of a roasting stick, then slowly roast it over hot coals. When the bacon reaches your desired level of crispiness, let it cool for a minute and eat. Yum!
Fire-roasted fruit is a delicious summertime treat! The heat from the fire makes the sugars caramelize on the outside of the fruit, and you just can’t beat it. Try roasting pieces of banana, apple, pineapple, or peaches! Eat them straight, or enjoy them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make it a full dessert.
Who doesn’t love a good kebab? Through the mysterious alchemy of cooking over an open fire, simple chunks of meat and veggies are transformed into a mouthwatering gourmet meal. And you can make it even more delicious by marinating the meat first! (I recommend trying out the mason jar marinade from this post.)
You can’t really mess up kebabs, but I prefer to use separate sticks for the meat and veggies. I find that keeping them separated makes it much easier to cook everything evenly!
7. Grilled Cheese
You can make a flavor-packed grilled cheese sandwich by roasting it over your campfire! The easiest way to do it (by far) is by putting your assembled sandwich in a square cast iron roaster like this one, but you can also do it with a couple of roasting sticks! Just move carefully so you don’t drop your grilled cheese in the fire!
Surely marshmallows don’t need to be mentioned in this list, but it felt wrong to leave them out. There’s nothing better than a golden-brown marshmallow roasted over a campfire. (Even thinking about it puts a smile on my face!) Use any kind of marshmallow you want, and eat them alone or in a s’more! You can even find square marshmallows made especially for s’more-making.
9. Corn On The Cob
Make delicious roasted corn on the cob right on the coals of your campfire! First, remove the husks and silks from your corn and rinse it off. While the corn is still wet, wrap each ear in a couple of layers of tin foil. Place the wrapped corn on the coals of your fire and cook for 5 minutes or so, then flip and cook another 5 minutes. Unwrap, top with butter and salt, and dig in!
Potatoes are another easy food to make over your fire, and they’re endlessly versatile. Start by scrubbing the potatoes clean, then poking each one with a fork a few times. Wrap each potato in two layers of tin foil, then place them over hot coals. Flip the potatoes after 10 minutes of cooking, and allow to cook for an additional 5-15 minutes (depending on the size of the potato). Bring a bunch of baked potato fixings out to the campfire with you so everyone can assemble their own!