Recently, dear reader, you read a blog I wrote about the Schwedenfackel. And, as promised, this blog is about good food over a campfire. With my blogs, I try to show you what it’s like to live here in the Moosehead Lake Region. I grew up here, and this was always something to look forward to, no matter if you were camping in a tent, or just a camp and having a campfire. This is tradition, and as ever, I invite you to come on up and try it for yourself and create your own traditions.
My repertoire for food over a campfire is limited mostly to hotdogs and s’mores. Don’t get me wrong, those are amazing and a must have! If you’re camping and don’t have at least one meal of hotdogs over the fire, you are definitely missing out. But, to expand my scope, I did a survey on my Facebook and ask all my friends and neighbors what’s good over a campfire. This was the response.
One response I received from a friend was a new take on the hotdog on a cooking fork idea. Take a nice thick piece of bacon and wrap it around the hotdog and cook it over the fire. Another idea for just bacon is to take a piece of bacon and fold it like an accordion, then stick it on a campfire fork and cook it like that over the fire. We all know that bacon is amazing, anything can be improved by bacon.
Another response that I got was any breakfast food is good over a campfire. This is one where you can get creative, you just need a skillet. Personally, I only cook in cast iron skillets. (It’s what I grew up using, and when my father would eventually crack one, we’d hang it on a tree and use it as for BB gun practice.) Get a good bed of coals going and settle the skillet in and let your imagination run wild. Crack some eggs, and throw in some bacon and cheese. Breakfast food is fantastic, no matter what time of day you’re eating it, and, as another one of my friends said, everything is better over a campfire.
One friend suggested brook trout over the campfire. If you’re camping in Maine, fishing isn’t too far out of the realm of possibility for you. (As long as you have a fishing license, or are under the age of twelve.) Another suggestion was red potatoes cut up in some tinfoil (many layers was the advice I received) with butter, onions, and some Lawry seasoning salt. Simple, but oh so yummy!
One suggestion I had never heard of, but sounds so amazing! Campfire pies. This requires a bit of a specialty tool, but once you have it, you could use it for so many different things! The tool is a cast iron square pie iron, which can be found on Amazon for $20. Ingredients for this are bread, pie filling, butter and whatever you want for toppings. (The suggestions were cinnamon or powdered sugar.) Essentially, you butter the bread, put the filling in, dump it into the pie iron, and stick it on your campfire!
As I always do, I invite you to come to the Moosehead Lake Region and try some of these recipes for yourself! As I have mentioned before, there is nothing more relaxing after a day on the Lake than lounging next to a campfire eating food cooked over the flames.