Let the kids in on the fun with these easy campfire cooking ideas.
Remember camping when you were little? How you loved being able to roast your own marshmallows to create a delicious s’more? Pass those traditions along to your children and make memories that will last a lifetime. Campfire cooking will be fun for the kids, and they can learn about fire safety.
Easy Campfire Cooking Ideas
1. Pudgie Pies: The kids will love being able to create their own pudgie pie filled with the ingredients they choose. With a pie iron or camp cooker, kids can place ingredients like peanut butter and jelly, cheese, and more inside their camp cooker lined with bread. They can even use crescent roll dough for a flaky pudgie pie. Have a pizza pudgie pie night and let the kids pick out their own sauce, toppings and cheese. The possibilities are endless with a pie iron.
Let them hold the cooker over the fire, and warm the ingredients they put inside. Once the pudgie pie is done, let it cool and watch them enjoy their creation!
2. Campfire Corn Dogs: Everyone has had hot dogs roasted over the grill, but why not add even more fun? Before placing the hot dogs on a camp fork, wrap them in some pre-made biscuit dough. Do not wrap the dough too thick around the hot dog, or it will take a very long time to cook. Place the uncooked corn dog over the fire and cook until golden brown. Let your kids dip them in their favorite condiments. And the best part is you don’t need to bring buns!
3. Shish Kabobs: If you have a picky eater on your hands, then shish kabobs are the perfect meal. Your child can pick the meats and vegetables they like, add them to a camp fork and watch it cook.
4. Popcorn: A relaxing family night isn’t complete without a tasty snack. A popcorn popper allows you to put kernels inside and roast right over the fire! Forget the movie – a handful of kernels produces enough popcorn for an evening of ghost stories told around the fire.
5. Banana Boats: Now that the meals are out of the way, it’s time for dessert. If you want a healthier option, try these banana boats. Cut a banana down the middle, while still inside the peel. Place the banana inside aluminum foil and top with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Wrap completely in the aluminum foil and place over the fire. Turn and rotate over the fire often for about 5-10 minutes.
6. S’Mores: Campfire cooking isn’t complete until you make s’mores! The old fashioned way of doing it is to roast a marshmallow to ooey, gooey perfection, place it on top of a graham cracker and chocolate bar and enjoy! If that all seems like too much work, pick up a s’more maker. You can assemble all the ingredients of your s’more inside the grate, close the lid and cook everything at once! Your s’more creations will turn out perfect every time. For an interesting twist, use a peanut butter cup in place of the chocolate bar.
Campfire Cooking Safety Tips
Campfire cooking is a great time to go over campfire safety with your kids. Define a clear area around the fire where kids are allowed. Be sure they know they can only be near the fire when an adult is present. Make it absolutely clear there is to be no running or horseplay near the campfire. All cooking tools used by children and adults should be long enough to reach the fire without the user getting burned. Make sure kids know that tools need to cool down after use.
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