Thursday, April 30, 2015

Campfire Serrano and Bacon Cheese Fries

Evan and I went backyard camping a few weeks ago to celebrate his birthday, and in doing so, we tried a new cheese fries recipe for our fire pit.  They turned out fantastic.  These fries could be prepared prior to your camping trip and stuffed in a cooler, or made onsite.  Your entire family will love them.

Campfire Serrano and Bacon Cheese Fries

Ingredients: 
- 1 bag frozen shoestring french fries
- 1 serrano, diced
- 3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese
- 2 slices American cheese, crumbled
- Butter or margarine
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Heavy duty tin foil

First, prepare your french fry "boats" by molding 3-4 layers of tin foil into circles with the edges curled.


Then, layer your frozen french fries into each boat, keeping in mind that the less french fries you have, the more crispy they'll turn out.  Top them with dabs of butter and a generous sprinkling of salt and black pepper.


Dice up your serrano pepper (if you'd like a little less heat, try a jalapeno), and divide it among the two french fry boats.


Meanwhile, cook your bacon to your preference and then crumble it over top.


Once the fire's ready, place the boats toward one side of the campfire so it is among indirect heat.


After 10 minutes, add the crumbled American cheese and shredded Monterrey jack cheese over top of both boats.  Cook until melted, about 10 minutes longer.


Enjoy!


I don't what it is about campfires, but that smoky flavor it gives to everything you cook is incomparable to anything else. These cheese fries are spicy, smoky, and piping hot.  They are sure to please your camping crowd.  Enjoy them with cheesy fingers or with plastic forks.


Hope you love them as much as we do!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Campfire Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies

My favorite part about camping is the food.  We do backyard camping every year and have so much fun experimenting with new campfire recipes.  Here's an easy dessert that we love and know your family will, too!  These brownies can be made either onsite or beforehand -- just be sure to pack them well in a cooler if you opt the pre-made route.

Campfire Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies

Ingredients: 
- 1-2 navel oranges per person
- 1 box favorite brownie mix (or make your own!)
- Heavy duty tin foil

Slice each of the oranges in half and set them beside one another so you know which pair belongs to each other.


Then, scoop out the innards of the oranges using a spoon.  Add the discarded fruit to a plastic container and save it for fresh orange juice the next morning!


Don't worry about being exact -- in fact, leaving some bits of orange within the peels are preferable and taste great in the end.


Once done, prepare your favorite brownie mix.  We use Ghirardelli's dark chocolate box recipe.


Pour the brownie mix into each orange half and leave the other paired half hollow.


Then, carefully cover the brownie mix-filled orange half with the empty half.


Wrap them real well with at least 2-3 layers of heavy duty tin foil.  Be careful not to tip them over; otherwise, you'd make a mess before they're cooked.


Once the campfire's ready, place the orange brownies in the fire for approximately 25-35 minutes. Use tongs to move them around occasionally and keep them from burning.  


Once done, unwrap the oranges and dig in!  You'll want to have a plastic fork to enjoy these brownies.


These orange brownies are to die for.  The orange peel and leftover scrapings of the orange itself infuse into the brownies and they taste incredibly decadent.


The great thing about this recipe is that you can substitute the brownie mix for any other kind of mixes, too -- you could have orange blueberry muffins, orange cranberry muffins, etc.  


These pictures make me want to go camping again!  Hope you enjoy!

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